Do younger or older Australians use more meth/amphetamine?

Younger Australians (aged 14-17 years) who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months were more likely than older age groups to use small amounts (0.1 gram or less) of meth/amphetamine.

75% 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; 15%** used 0.11-0.25 grams, 0% used 0.26-0.55 grams; 10%** used 0.56-1.0 grams; and 0% used more than 1.0 grams. 35% 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; 19%* used 0.11-0.25 grams, 28% used 0.26-0.55 grams; 16%* used 0.56-1.0 grams; and 2%** used more than 1.0 grams. 28% 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; 39% used 0.11-0.25 grams, 22% used 0.26-0.55 grams; 3%** used 0.56-1.0 grams; and 8%* used more than 1.0 grams. 38% 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; 30% used 0.11-0.25 grams, 22% used 0.26-0.55 grams; 5%* used 0.56-1.0 grams; and 5%* used more than 1.0 grams. 38% 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; 19%* used 0.11-0.25 grams, 20%* used 0.26-0.55 grams; 15%* 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). 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.