How do Australians use meth/amphetamine?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, the largest proportion (41%) reported that smoking was their main method of use, followed by swallowing (26%). One in ten (10%) users injected meth/amphetamine.

41% of Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months smoked it as their main method of use; 26% swallowed it; 23% snorted it; 10% injected it; and 0.5%** 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). 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 greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

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