Do Australian crystal methamphetamine users experience higher levels of psychological distress, compared to those who use other forms of meth/amphetamine?

Australians who used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months report similar levels of psychological distress to those who used other forms of meth/amphetamine.

21% of Australians who use crystal methamphetamine (ice) as their main form of meth/amphetamine report high levels of psychological distress, compared to 22%* of Australians who use other forms of meth/amphetamine. 16% of Australians who use crystal methamphetamine (ice) as their main form of meth/amphetamine report very high levels of psychological distress, compared to 18%* of Australians who use other forms of meth/amphetamine. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2018).

† 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.