Where do Australians obtain meth/amphetamine?

The majority (57%) of Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months usually obtained it from a friend. Dealers were the usual source of meth/amphetamine for 31% of users.

57% of Australians who used methamphetamine in the past 12 months usually obtained it from a friend, 31% obtained it from a dealer, 5%* from a relative or partner, 0.5%** from prescriptions/doctor shopping/forget scripts, and 7% from other sources. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution. ** 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.

† 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.

** 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.