Does meth/amphetamine use among employed Australians vary by age?

Among employed Australians, 18-24 year olds are the age group most likely to have used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months.

0.5%** of employed Australians aged 14-17 years used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months compared to 2.5% of 18-24 year olds, 2.2% of 25-29 year olds, 2.1% of 30-39 year olds, and 0.9% of 40+ year olds. ** 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). 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.

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