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

In major cities, Australians aged 30-39 years are most likely to have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime. In inner regional areas, those aged 25-29 years are most likely to have used methamphetamine, followed by those aged 30-39 years. In outer regional/remote/very remote areas, those aged 30-39 years are most likely to have used methamphetamine, followed by those aged 18-24 years.   

Among Australians aged 14-17 years, 0.9%** of those in major cities have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime, compared to 2%** from inner regional locations, and 0.6%** from outer regional/remote/very remote locations. Among Australians aged 18-24 years, 4% of those in major cities have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime, compared to 5%* from inner regional locations, and 15%* from outer regional/remote/very remote locations. Among Australians aged 25-29 years, 9% of those in major cities have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime, compared to 13% from inner regional locations, and 11% from outer regional/remote/very remote locations. Among Australians aged 30-39 years, 14% of those in major cities have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime, compared to 11% from inner regional locations, and 17% from outer regional/remote/very remote locations. Among Australians aged 40+ years, 4% of those in major cities have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime, compared to 4% from inner regional locations, and 5% 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). 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.