The NSW Ministry of Health, drawing on national and NSW data sources has developed a surveillance report on methamphetamine use and related harms in NSW up to December 2017.
Although overall methamphetamine use has decreased in NSW, an increasing proportion of use is high risk. This includes more frequent use, injected use and use of a high purity crystal form of methamphetamine.
Health harms rapidly increased from about 2011 onwards, to a peak in 2016. Health and social harms from methamphetamine use, such as emergency department presentations, hospitalisations, deaths, arrests and drug driving offences, largely stabilised or decreased from the peak seen in NSW in 2016. Harms disproportionately affect disadvantaged populations in NSW.
The trends described in this report are statewide. The information presented is not able to describe the level of use and harms experienced in small communities or certain population sub-groups within NSW.
For more information, please refer to Methamphetamine Use and Related Harms in NSW Surveillance Report to December 2017.