Stuff 6 Jan 2012
Getting high Downunder is more common than anywhere else in the world, according to new research.
New Zealanders and their Australian neighbours have been found to have higher levels of marijuana and amphetamine use than any other region.
The findings, part of a study examining global drug use and law enforcement, will be published in the medical journal The Lancet today, according the to the West Australian newspaper.
The study found that up to 14.8 per cent of Oceania’s population aged between 15 and 64 used cannabis in 2009, while up to 2.8 per cent used amphetamines, west.com.au said.
Globally, cannabis was found to be the most widely used illicit drug, with an estimated 155 – 250 million users, and heroin and other opiates were found to cause the most harm.
Study author Professor Wayne Hall, of the University of Queensland’s Centre for Clinical Research, told the newspaper the most common harms resulting from illicit drug use were found to be drug dependence, overdose deaths, accidents, violence, HIV and other blood-borne infections.