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Tasmania declines drug wastewater tests

Tasmania’s sewerage and water provider has been criticised for opting out of national wastewater drug testing.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) says the state’s wastewater operator TasWater “declined to participate” in its most recent national study.

It left Tasmania alongside the Northern Territory as the only jurisdictions without data.

“This is disappointing as it limits our understanding of trends and emerging issues,” ACIC chief executive Chris Dawson said in a statement.

“(ACIC) will continue to engage with all jurisdictions to secure ongoing participation in sampling for future reports, as data from all states and territories is vital.”

Released in March, ACIC’s first nation-wide wastewater study included Tasmania in testing for illicit drugs including ice and cocaine, as well as alcohol.

Hobart was the lowest capital city for ice use but regional rates were among the highest in the country.

The most recent report, released on Thursday, found ice remains Austra…

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