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

Male school students aged 12-17 years are more likely to have used amphetamines in their lifetime, the past year, and the past month than females.

3.2% of male and 2.5% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years have used amphetamines in their lifetime. 2.4% of male and 2.0% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years have used amphetamines in the past year. 1.4% of male and 0.8% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years have used amphetamines in the past month.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria. (2012). Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2011.

†Amphetamines are Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulants that increase neurotransmitter activity. Methamphetamine is a more potent form of amphetamine. The Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey, defined amphetamines as including amphetamines or speed, uppers, MDA, goey, dex, Dexie’s, dexamphetamine, ox blood, methamphetamine or ice, other than for medical reasons.