Sharp rise in number of methamphetamine users

THE estimated number of methamphetamine users in Australia has almost tripled in five years as growing numbers of young people become addicted.

A University of NSW study estimates there were 268,000 regular methamphetamine users in 2013–14, compared with 90,000 in 2009–10. 

This equates to 2.09% of the population being users.

The rate of dependency was 1.24% compared with 0.74% in 2009, the researchers say. 

Study co-author Dr Sarah Larney, a senior research fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, says the increase in dependency