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† (97.1%). In the past year 2.2% of students used amphetamines, and 1.1% used 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.