Do younger and older Australians use meth/amphetamine differently?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, swallowing was the main method of use for those aged 14-17 years. Those aged 18 – 39 years tended to smoke meth/amphetamine as their main method of use. Those aged 40+ years typically swallowed or smoked it, with a slightly higher number (32%) reporting swallowing as their main method of use.

9%** of Australians aged 14-17 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months smoked it as their main method of use; 80% swallowed it; 11%** snorted it; 0% injected it; and 0% used other methods. 43% of Australians aged 18-24 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months smoked it as their main method of use; 34%* swallowed it; 19%* snorted it; 0% injected it; and 3%** used other methods. 51% of Australians aged 25-29 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months smoked it as their main method of use; 23%* swallowed it; 22%* snorted it; 4%** injected it; and 0% used other methods. 50% of Australians aged 30-39 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months smoked it as their main method of use; 20% swallowed it; 13%* snorted it; 15%* injected it; and 2%** used other methods. 30% of Australians aged 40+ years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months smoked it as their main method of use; 32% swallowed it; 14% snorted it; 22% injected it; and 1%** 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). 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.

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