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

Australian men, regardless of where they live, are more likely than women to have used meth/amphetaminein their lifetime. In particular, men living in outer regional/remote/very remote locations are most likely to have used methamphetamine.

Among Australians living in major cities, 8.6% of men and 5.3% of women have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime. Among Australians living in inner regional locations, 7.1% of men and 5.6% of women have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime. Among Australians living in outer regional/remote/very remote locations, 11.0% of men and 5.4% of women have used meth/amphetamine in their lifetime.

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.