Does meth/amphetamine use in Australia vary by geographic location and age?

In all geographic locations, Australians aged 25-29 years are the age group most likely to have used meth/amphetaminein their lifetime. In all age groups, meth/amphetamine use is most likely in outer regional/remote/very remote locations. Approximately one in five Australians aged 25-29 years living in outer regional/remote/very remote locations have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime.

1%* of Australians in major cities aged 14-17 years have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime, compared to 0.7%** from inner regional locations, and 5%** from outer regional/remote/very remote locations. 8% of Australians in major cities aged 18-24 years have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime, compared to 9% from inner regional locations, and 12% from outer regional/remote/very remote locations. 16% of Australians in major cities aged 25-29 years have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime, compared to 17% from inner regional locations, and 22% from outer regional/remote/very remote locations. 14% of Australians in major cities aged 30-39 years have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime, compared to 15% from inner regional locations, and 17% from outer regional/remote/very remote locations. 3% of Australians in major cities aged 40+ years have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime, compared to 3% from inner regional locations, and 4% from outer regional/remote/very remote locations. * 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.