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

Compared to the total workforce, prevalence of meth/amphetamine use is particularly high in wholesale, construction, hospitality, manufacturing, mining, and administrative services.

5.3%* of Australians employed in wholesale have used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months compared to 5.2% employed in construction, 3.2%* employed in hospitality, 3.2% employed in manufacturing, 3.2%* employed in mining and 2.8%* employed in administrative services. 2.3% of all employees in the total workforce have used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

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.

Please note: Only industries with a higher prevalence of methamphetamine use than the total workforce are displayed in the graph.

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