Where do Australians obtain meth/amphetamine?

The majority (55%) of Australians who used meth/amphetamine in the past 12 months usually obtained it from a friend, while around a third (33%) usually obtained it from a dealer.

In 2016, 55% of Australians who used methamphetamine in the past 12 months usually obtained it from a friend, 33% obtained it from a dealer, 4%* from a relative or partner, 4%* from prescriptions/doctor shopping/forged scripts, and 4%* from other sources. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

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.