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

The proportion of employed Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months varies according to their industry of employment.

1.9%* of Australians employed in construction have used methamphetamine in the past 12 months compared to 0.9%** employed in wholesale, 0% employed in mining, 1.6%* employed in manufacturing, 2.9%* employed in hospitality, 1.8%** employed in administrative services, 2.2%** employed in agriculture, 0.8%** employed in retail, 1.2%** employed in transport, 1.4%** employed in media and telecommunications, 1.8%** employed in finance, 1.1%* employed in professional, technical and scientific services, 1.7%* employed in public admin and safety, 0.7%* employed in health care and community services, 4%** employed in utilities, 2.1%** employed in arts and recreation, 0.5%* employed in education and training, 0.4%** employed in rental and real estate, and 3.1%* employed in other services * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution. ** 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.

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

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