Do younger or older Australians use more meth/amphetamine?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, those aged 14-17 years were the most likely to use small amounts (0.10g or less).

80%* of Australians aged 14-17 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used an average of 0.10 grams or less per occasion of use; 20%** used 0.11-0.25 grams, 0% used 0.26-0.55 grams; 0% used 0.56-1.0 grams; and 0% used more than 1.0 grams. 37%* of Australians aged 18-24 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used an average of 0.10 grams or less per occasion of use; 24%* used 0.11-0.25 grams, 35%* used 0.26-0.55 grams; 1%** used 0.56-1.0 grams; and 3%** used more than 1.0 grams. 39% of Australians aged 25-29 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used an average of 0.10 grams or less per occasion of use; 23%* used 0.11-0.25 grams, 19%* used 0.26-0.55 grams; 19%* used 0.56-1.0 grams; and 0% used more than 1.0 grams. 50% of Australians aged 30-39 years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used an average of 0.10 grams or less per occasion of use; 19% used 0.11-0.25 grams, 18%* used 0.26-0.55 grams; 11%* used 0.56-1.0 grams; and 1%** used more than 1.0 grams. 39% of Australians aged 40+ years who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used an average of 0.10 grams or less per occasion of use; 32% used 0.11-0.25 grams, 11%* used 0.26-0.55 grams; 11%* used 0.56-1.0 grams; and 7%** used more than 1.0 grams. * 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.