Are younger or older meth/amphetamine users in Australia more likely to use crystal methamphetamine (ice)?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetaminein the past 12 months, younger age groups are more likely than older age groups to have ever used crystal methamphetamine (ice), and to report that ice is the main form of meth/amphetamine that they use.

Among Australians aged 14-17 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 67%* report ever using crystal methamphetamine (ice) compared to 33%** who never used crystal methamphetamine. Among Australians aged 18-24 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 76% report ever using crystal methamphetamine (ice) compared to 24% who never used crystal methamphetamine. Among Australians aged 25-29 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 76% report ever using crystal methamphetamine (ice) compared to 24% who never used crystal methamphetamine. Among Australians aged 30-39 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 69% report ever using crystal methamphetamine (ice) compared to 31% who never used crystal methamphetamine. Among Australians aged 40+ years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 62% report ever using crystal methamphetamine (ice) compared to 38% who never used crystal methamphetamine. Among Australians aged 14-17 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 61%* chose crystal methamphetamine (ice) as their main form compared to 39%** who chose other forms of methamphetamine. Among Australians aged 18-24 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 52% chose crystal methamphetamine (ice) as their main form compared to 48% who chose other forms of methamphetamine. Among Australians aged 25-29 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 54% chose crystal methamphetamine (ice) as their main form compared to 46% who chose other forms of methamphetamine. Among Australians aged 30-39 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 47% chose crystal methamphetamine (ice) as their main form compared to 53% who chose other forms of methamphetamine. Among Australians aged 40+ years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 43% chose crystal methamphetamine (ice) as their main form compared to 57% who chose other forms of methamphetamine. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution. ** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

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.

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

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