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As coronavirus lockdown took hold of Australia, drug use soared to record highs, new data from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission reveals.

The 2020 wastewater report, which samples sewage for traces of illicit drugs, shows record highs of methylamphetamine and heroin use in regional areas throughout April and record highs in cities of cocaine and cannabis use in June.

Meanwhile, the population-weighted average consumption of fentanyl in regions and oxycodone in capital cities dropped to record low levels in April.