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.

In 2014, 2.8% of male Australian school students aged 12-17 years had used amphetamines in their lifetime, compared to 1.9% of females. In 2014, 2.3% of male Australian school students aged 12-17 years had used amphetamines in the past year, compared to 1.6% of females. In 2014, 1.3% of male Australian school students aged 12-17 years had used amphetamines in the past month, compared to 0.8% of females.

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.