Are younger or older Australians more likely to receive treatment for cannabis use?

Younger Australians (particularly those aged 20-29 years) are more likely to receive treatment for cannabis use than older Australians.

In 2013-14, 30% of Australians who received treatment for cannabis use were aged 10-19 years, 36% were aged 20-29 years, 19% were aged 30-39 years, 11% were aged 40-49 years, 4% were aged 50-59 years, and 0.5% were aged 60+ years.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). (2015). Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2013-14.

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

Treatment Episode: A period of contact between a client and a treatment provider. Only ‘closed’ treatment episodes are included in the data used here. An episode is closed if there is a change in the principal drug of concern, main treatment, or service delivery setting; if the treatment ends; or if the patient is imprisoned or dies.