Do Australians consider meth/amphetamine use to be a problem?

When Australians were asked which drug they first think of when people talk about “a drug problem”, 22% chose meth/amphetamine. Slightly more chose heroin (26%) or cannabis (23%).

When Australians were asked which drug they first think of when people talk about “a drug problem”, 26% chose heroin; 23% cannabis; 22% meth/amphetamine; 11% cocaine; 8% alcohol; 3% ecstasy; 2% tobacco; 1% pain killers/analgesics/opioids; 0.8% other drugs; and 3% none/can’t think of any.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2015).

† Meth/amphetamine: This term covers a range of stimulant drugs including methamphetamine and amphetamine. The National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) described meth/amphetamine as including drugs commonly known as speed, ice, crystal, whizz, Ritalin, or pseudoephedrine-based cold and flu tablets.

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding.