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 increases with age. Older students are more likely to have used amphetamines in their lifetime, the past year, and the past month compared to younger students.

1.3% of Australian school students aged 12 years have used amphetamines in their lifetime; 1.0% in the past year; and 0.2% in the past month. 1.6% of Australian school students aged 13 years have used amphetamines in their lifetime; 1.1% in the past year; and 0.7% in the past month. 2.0% of Australian school students aged 14 years have used amphetamines in their lifetime; 1.5% in the past year; and 1.0% in the past month. 3.4% of Australian school students aged 15 years have used amphetamines in their lifetime; 2.3% in the past year; and 1.1% in the past month. 4.1% of Australian school students aged 16 years have used amphetamines in their lifetime; 3.4% in the past year; and 1.5% in the past month. 5.6% of Australian school students aged 17 years have used amphetamines in their lifetime; 4.5% in the past year; and 2.3% 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.