A report reveals 2.1% of Australians, or one in 50 people, over the age of 14 has used amphetamines.
A report reveals 2.1% of Australians, or one in 50 people, over the age of 14 has used amphetamines. Supplied Qld Govt

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.



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