​Ice deaths on the up and up

Methamphetamine deaths have increased across Australia in the past 12 months, while use of ice among drug users is skyrocketing, research shows.

Early estimates indicate that deaths from methamphetamine were as high as 170 in 2013. The death rate was half that in 2010, according to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

Data from two national drug surveys also show that among injecting drug users, use of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, has jumped 52% in the past 10 years.

Chief investigator, UNSW's Associate Professor Lucy Burns, says the reports by the NDARC indicate a complicated picture of ice use in