Do men and women in Australia use meth/amphetamine differently?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, the largest proportion of both men and women (41%) reported that smoking was their main method of use.

Among Australian men who used methamphetamine in the past 12 months, 41% smoked it as their main method of use; 24% swallowed it; 25% snorted it; 9% injected it; and 0.6%** used other methods. Among Australian women who used methamphetamine in the past 12 months, 41% smoked it as their main method of use; 30% swallowed it; 19% snorted it; 10%* injected it; and 0.2%** used other methods. * 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 (NCETA secondary analysis, 2015).

† 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.