Is the employment status of Australians related to meth/amphetamine use?

Unemployed Australians are most likely to have used meth/amphetaminein the past 12 months. Those not in the labour force are least likely to have done so.

2.3% of employed Australians used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months compared to 5.6% of unemployed Australians, and 1.2% of Australians who are not in the labour force.

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.

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.