What is the main form of meth/amphetamine used by Australians?

Among Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months, over half (57%) reported that crystal methamphetamine (ice) was the main form that they used. Powder was the main form used by 20% of methamphetamine users.

In 2016, 57% of Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months used crystal/ice as their main form, 20% used powder, 11% used prescription amphetamines, 6%* used tablets, 4%* used capsules, and 2%* used base/paste/pure.

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 of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

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