Drug report finds WA exceeding averages in ‘explosion’ in methylamphetamine use

By Nikki Roberts and Tom Wildie

Updated 26 Mar 2017, 2:22pm

Methylamphetamine is the most consumed illicit drug in the country and Western Australians and South Australians are the biggest culprits, according to researchers who studied wastewater from 51 sites across Australia.

Key points:

  • City and regional sites in WA found to far exceed national ice use averages, SA also recorded above average use
  • High levels also found in regional sites in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania
  • New South Wales recorded the highest cocaine use

Australians need to take notice of what is happening in New Zealand.

  • Tenants in a methamphetamine-contaminated property received a refund of rent and compensation for ruined belongings for the amount $7525 from their landlord.
  • The owners of an Auckland NZ, property are being sued $50,000 by their tenants who say they knew it was contaminated with meth when they let it out.
  • The Tenancy Tribunal ruled that renting out contaminated premises is a breach of a landlord’s obligation to provide premises in a reasonable state of cleanliness. This obligation is set out in Section 45(1)(a) of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA).
  • Some New Zealand Insurance Companies are excluding coverage for illegal activities, capping costs for Meth Lab clean up, requesting that Landlords conduct 3 monthly testing on properties and even requesting a drug test when obtaining a new landlords policy prior to insuring.
  • Some NZ banks are even with holding funds for the purchase of an ex rental until a negative meth test is produced.

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