Has the prevalence of meth/amphetamine use in Australia changed over time?

The proportion of Australians who had used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months was highest in 1998 (3.7%). Since then, the prevalence of meth/amphetamine use has decreased over time and has been stable at 2.1% since 2010.

In 1995, 2.1% of Australians had used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months compared to 3.7% in 1998, 3.4% in 2001, 3.2% in 2004, 2.3% in 2007, 2.1% in 2010 and 2.1% in 2013.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

† 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.