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Friday, May 14, 2021

108 pets find forever homes

RSPCA ACT’s ‘Clear the Shelter’ saw 108 animals adopted during the national $29 adoption drive which took place over 22-23 February.

By closing time on the Saturday, 93% of adoptable animals at RSPCA ACT had found their forever homes. Of all the animals ready for adoption, only nine were not adopted including Mitsy (pictured), who has been in the RSPCA’s care for over 200 days.

Mitsy is desperately looking for her perfect family and needs someone with plenty of backyard space and high fences. She loves to play with tennis balls and, despite her size, is quite the snuggler.

While so many animals found loving homes over the weekend, RSPCA ACT still has over 80 kittens in foster care that will become available for adoption in coming weeks.

For more information, visit adoptapet.com.au

ACT amongst highest opioid users

The ACT’s opioid consumption is among the highest in the nation, according to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s sixth National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report.

Based on the wastewater findings for August 2018, the ACT returned the second highest average capital city consumption of heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone.

In August 2018, the program monitored 13 licit and illicit substances at 58 wastewater sites nationally, covering 56% of Australia’s population – around 13 million people. There was one site monitored in the ACT.

The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program found that, compared to April 2018, of the substances tested in August 2018 in the ACT, the average nicotine, methylamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and heroin consumption decreased while the average alcohol, MDMA, oxycodone and fentanyl consumption increased.

Using data from the program, more than 9.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine is estimated to be consumed in Australia each year, as well as more than four tonnes of cocaine, 1.1 tonnes of MDMA, and more than 700 kilograms of heroin. At street prices, the estimated value of this quantity of drugs for the four drugs is in the region of $9.3 billion.

The full report is available on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website: acic.gov.au

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