Methamphetamine and Young People

This section contains information about the methamphetamine use patterns of Australians who are under 18 years of age.

Given the extremely small proportion of Australian youth who use methamphetamine, there is little reliable and meaningful data about this population group available. As a result, this section presents only three FAQs, drawn from the Australian Secondary School Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) Survey (Cancer Council Victoria, 2016).

To be consistent with the terminology used in the ASSAD survey, this section of the NADK uses the term amphetamines. ASSAD defines amphetamines as including amphetamines or speed, uppers, goey, crystal meth, dex, Dexie’s, dexamphetamine, ox blood, methamphetamine or ice, other than for medical reasons.

What proportion of Australian school students aged 12-17 years have used amphetamines?

The majority of Australian school students aged 12-17 years have never used amphetamines (97.6%). Small proportions reported using amphetamines in the past year (1.9%) and past month (1.1%).

Source: Cancer Council Victoria. (2016). Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2014.

† The Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey defines amphetamines as including amphetamines or speed, uppers, goey, crystal meth, dex, Dexie’s, dexamphetamine, ox blood, methamphetamine or ice, other than for medical reasons.

Are male or female school students aged 12-17 years more likely to have used amphetamines?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years, boys were more likely than girls to have used amphetamines in their lifetime, the past year, and the past month.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria. (2016). Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2014.

† The Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey defines amphetamines as including amphetamines or speed, uppers, goey, crystal meth, dex, Dexie’s, dexamphetamine, ox blood, methamphetamine or ice, other than for medical reasons.

Are younger or older school students aged 12-17 years more likely to have used amphetamines?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years, amphetamine use increased with age. Older students were more likely to have used amphetamines in their lifetime, the past year, and the past month compared to younger students.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria. (2016). Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2014.

† The Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey defines amphetamines as including amphetamines or speed, uppers, goey, crystal meth, dex, Dexie’s, dexamphetamine, ox blood, methamphetamine or ice, other than for medical reasons.