Do men and women in Australia use different forms of meth/amphetamine?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, both men (50%) and women (52%) mainly used crystal methamphetamine (ice).

Among Australian men who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 50% used crystal/ice as their main form, 32% used powder, 5%* used base/paste/pure, 8%* used tablets, 3%** used prescription amphetamines, 2%** used capsules, and 0.7%** used liquid. Among Australian women who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, 52% used crystal/ice as their main form, 23% used powder, 12%* used base/paste/pure, 8%* used tablets, 4%** used prescription amphetamines, 3%** used capsules, and 0% used liquid. * 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.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

† 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.

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding.