Mining attracts highest ice use: national taskforce told

A SUBMISSION to the Federal Government's National Ice Taskforce has highlighted a concerning report which says the mining industry had the highest frequency of ice users in the country.

The report, from the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, found 38% of miners surveyed admitted to using ice once a month.

The report was identified in a submission from the Australian Industry Group, a peak industry association in Australia.


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Nicola Street, the national manager for workplace relations policy, said the AIG was advocating for an increase in workplace drug and alcohol testing, despite opposition from the unions.

"It's a drug that seems to, in speaking to our membership, have greater prevalence in remote or regional areas," she said.

"Whether it's the remoteness of the work (in the mines), but certainly there are a number of motivations as to why people would use illegal substances or illicit drugs.

"It's not so much that ice is being used by more people, but it's being used by people at a higher frequency because its addictive quality is so much stronger."

One case study found a worker driving a dump truck while four times above the detection threshold limit.