How do Australians use meth/amphetamine?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, the largest proportion (42%) reported that smoking was their main method of use, followed by swallowing (29%). One in eight (12%) injected meth/amphetamine.

In 2016, 42% of Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months smoked it as their main method of use, 29% swallowed it, 16% snorted it, 12% injected it and 1%** used other methods. ** 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.

† 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 greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding.