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”, approximately half (46%) chose meth/amphetamine.

In 2016, when Australians were asked which drug they first think of when people talk about “a drug problem”, 46% chose meth/amphetamine, 15% cannabis, 14% heroin, 8% cocaine, 6% alcohol, 3% ecstasy, 2% tobacco, 2% pain killers/analgesics/opioids, 1% other drugs, and 3% none/can’t think of any.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

 † 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.