Do younger and older Australians use meth/amphetamine differently?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, younger age groups (

58%* of Australians aged 14-17 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months smoked it as their main method of use; 0% swallowed it; 42%* snorted it; 0% injected it; and 0% used other methods. 54% of Australians aged 18-24 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months smoked it as their main method of use; 17%* swallowed it; 24% snorted it; 3%* injected it; and 1%** used other methods. 43% of Australians aged 25-29 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months smoked it as their main method of use; 28% swallowed it; 24% snorted it; 4%* injected it; and 0.3%** used other methods. 35% of Australians aged 30-39 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months smoked it as their main method of use; 24% swallowed it; 25% snorted it; 16% injected it; and 0% used other methods. 21% of Australians aged 40+ years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months smoked it as their main method of use; 37% swallowed it; 20% snorted it; 22% injected it; and 0% 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). 2010 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.