Are Australian meth/amphetamine users more likely to have high levels of psychological distress, compared to those who do not use meth/amphetamine?

In 2016, a larger proportion of Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months reported high or very high levels of psychological distress compared to those who did not use meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months.

In 2016, 22% of Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months reported high levels of psychological distress, compared to 8% of non-methamphetamine users. In 2016, 16% of Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months reported very high levels of psychological distress, compared to 3% of non-methamphetamine users.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

† 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.