Are younger or older Australians more likely to have used meth/amphetamine?

Australians aged 25-39 years are more likely than other age groups to have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime, the past 12 months, the past month, and the past week.

1%* of Australians aged 14-17 years have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime; 0.5%** in the past 12 months; 0.2%** in the past month; and 0.1%** in the past week. 5% of Australians aged 18-24 years have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime; 2% in the past 12 months; 0.8%* in the past month; and 0.3%* in the past week. 10% of Australians aged 25-29 years have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime; 3% in the past 12 months; 1.3%* in the past month; and 0.3%* in the past week. 14% of Australians aged 30-39 years have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime; 2% in the past 12 months; 0.9% in the past month; and 0.5%* in the past week. 4% of Australians aged 40+ years have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime; 0.8% in the past 12 months; 0.4% in the past month, and 0.2% in the past week.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2018).

† Meth/amphetamine: This term covers a range of stimulant drugs including methamphetamine and amphetamine. The National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) described meth/amphetamine as including drugs commonly known as speed, ice, crystal, whizz, Ritalin, or pseudoephedrine-based cold and flu tablets.

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.