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.

In 2014, 1.0% of Australian school students aged 12 years had used amphetamines in their lifetime; 0.8% in the past year; and 0.5% in the past month. In 2014, 1.3% of Australian school students aged 13 years had used amphetamines in their lifetime; 0.8% in the past year; and 0.5% in the past month. In 2014, 1.8% of Australian school students aged 14 years had used amphetamines in their lifetime; 1.6% in the past year; and 0.9% in the past month. In 2014, 3.0% of Australian school students aged 15 years had used amphetamines in their lifetime; 2.5% in the past year; and 1.2% in the past month. In 2014, 3.5% of Australian school students aged 16 years had used amphetamines in their lifetime; 2.8% in the past year; and 1.5% in the past month. In 2014, 3.9% of Australian school students aged 17 years had used amphetamines in their lifetime; 3.3% in the past year; and 1.8% in 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.