South Australia has retained its undesirable title of 'meth capital' of the country.
Latest figures from the National Wastewater Monitoring Program show high use of the illicit substance methamphetamine in the state and country..
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission said while use of the drug is high in regional and rural South Australian, the state has a major problem with the prescription pain drug fentanyl.
The opioid is 100 times stronger than morphine, is addictive and can be deadly.
While SA’s use of fentanyl jumped, Australian consumption dipped in December when the Therapeutic Goods Administration clamped down on legitimate prescriptions.
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