Does crystal methamphetamine (ice) use in Australia vary by geographic location?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, those living in outer regional/remote/very remote locations are most likely to report that crystal methamphetamine (ice) is the main form that they use. Those living in inner regional locations are more likely to mainly use other forms of meth/amphetamine.

52% of Australians living in major cities who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used crystal methamphetamine (ice) as their main form, compared to 48% who used other forms of meth/amphetamine. 39% of Australians living in inner regional locations who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used crystal methamphetamine (ice) as their main form, compared to 61% who used other forms of meth/amphetamine. 55% of Australians living in outer regional/remote/very remote locations who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used crystal methamphetamine (ice) as their main form, compared to 45% who used other forms of meth/amphetamine.

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.