Ice users double in hospitals
EMERGENCY departments have more than doubled their intake over five years of people needing hospitalisation for abusing the drug Ice.
A new NSW Health report found the number of amphetamine users remained stable between the last national surveys in 2010 and 2013, with 2.1% of Australians over the age of 14 having used the drug. About 70% of users partook of the drug less than once a month in 2013.
Ice, or crystal meth, is generally considered more potent and addictive than traditional forms of amphetamines.
In the three years to 2013, the proportion of amphetamine-users who were using Ice had increased from 22% to 50%.
In 2009, 12.4% were daily or weekly Ice users, doubling to 25.3% by 2013.
"From 2009 to 2014, the annual number of probable methamphetamine-related presentations to 59 NSW public hospital emergency departments increased from 394 to 2963," the report found.