Hawke's Bay's widespread methamphetamine addiction has been laid bare in new data, saddening, but not surprising, those who work in addiction services.

The region has the second highest rate of meth use in the country, according to a police test of New Zealand's wastewater, essentially a nationwide urine test.

The data is the first nationwide snapshot of New Zealand's drug habits and captures about 80 per cent of the population.

The wastewater in Hastings and Napier was tested and showed about 990mg of meth is consumed per 1000 people in the twin cities per day.

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That level is second only

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