Drug use declines in Dubbo, Wellington still high |Graph

ICE, ICE BABY: The rate of amphetamine use, like ice, in Dubbo and the surrounding regions, such as Wellington and Gilgandra. Image: BOCSAR

ICE, ICE BABY: The rate of amphetamine use, like ice, in Dubbo and the surrounding regions, such as Wellington and Gilgandra. Image: BOCSAR

The number of incidents of ice use have halved in Dubbo, based on the latest crime reports.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data shows there were 49 reported incidents of use or possessing amphetamines – which includes ice – in the year to June 2017. In the proceeding 12 months there were 94.

The rate in Dubbo is less than the NSW average.

There was a slight rise in the number of incidents for dealing or trafficking amphetamines in the city. To June 2017 there were 10, whereas in the previous 12 months it was six.

Cannabis use also dipped slightly. In the year to June 2017 there were 122 incidents, putting the city below the NSW average. In comparison, during the 12 months to June 2016 there were 143 incidents.

Dubbo was lower than the average in all the cannabis categories – cultivating, use and trafficking.

There were four recorded incidents of cultivating cannabis in Dubbo during the 12 months. In the proceeding year there was only one.

The city was also significantly lower than the average rate for the use and possession of ecstasy, as well as the use and possession of narcotics.

While the number of incidents of using amphetamines in Wellington and Gilgandra were lower, the rate when compared to 100,000 people were significantly higher.

In Wellington there were 25 incidents in the 12 months to June, while there were 12 in Gilgandra. However, the use and possession of drugs like ice in both towns was more than double the state average.

When it came to dealing and trafficking the drug, the rate in Wellington was five times higher than the rest of NSW. There were 11 incidents of dealing or trafficking amphetamines.

The town was consistent with the average for the use and possession of cannabis, as well as the dealing of cannabis. The town was only slightly higher than the rest of NSW for cultivating cannabis. 

There were no recorded incidents during the year of manufacturing drugs or importing drugs in Dubbo.

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