Does crystal methamphetamine (ice) use in Australia vary by employment status and age?

Among employed Australians, those aged 25-29 years are the most likely age group to have used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months.

0% of employed Australians aged 14-17 years used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months, compared to 2.8% of employed Australians aged 18-24 years, 2.7% of employed Australians aged 25-29 years, 1.5% of employed Australians aged 30-39 years, and 0.4% of employed Australians aged 40+ years. 1.3%* of unemployed Australians aged 14-17 years used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months, compared to 6.6%* of unemployed Australians aged 18-24 years, 6.8%* of unemployed Australians aged 25-29 years, 2.1%* of unemployed Australians aged 30-39 years, and 0.7%* of unemployed Australians aged 40+ years. 1.1%* of Australians not in the labour force aged 14-17 years used crystal methamphetamine (ice) in the past 12 months, compared to 0.8%* of Australians not in the labour force aged 18-24 years, 3.8%* of Australians not in the labour force aged 25-29 years, 1.4%* of Australians not in the labour force aged 30-39 years, and 0.1%* of Australians not in the labour force aged 40+ years. * Estimate is likely to be unreliable due to small sample sizes.

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

* Estimate is likely to be unreliable due to small sample sizes.

Employed: Self-employed or working for salary or wages.

Employment Status: Whether an individual is currently: a) employed; b) unemployed; or c) not in the labour force.

Not in the Labour Force: Engaged in home duties, volunteer/charity work, student, retiree/pensioner, other.

Unemployed: Those who are not currently working and are actively seeking employment.