Drug use habits change

THE profile of ice users in Sunraysia has changed recently as availability of the drug increases and people are using it to “self medicate”, a local GP has said.

It comes as the latest Crime Statistics Agency report revealed 268 drug offences were recorded in the Mildura Local Government Area between January and December 2018. Also recorded were 22 incidents of cultivating a drug and 183 drug possessions.

People in regional and remote areas are more likely to drink risky quantities of alcohol than those in major cities, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found. As remoteness increases, so does the burden of drug and alcohol use.

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