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Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission concerned by prescription painkiller use in Australia -

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The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission says it is carefully monitoring the use of prescription painkillers in Australia amid concerns they are being abused.

The ACIC's latest analysis of waste water at 37 different sites shows the use of the opioid oxycodone in regional areas is, on average, almost double that seen in the capital cities.

The report shows a small decrease in the use of 'ice' or methamphetamine, but it is still the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia.


Michael Keenan, Justice Minister
Chris Dawson, CEO, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission