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.

Among Australians who received treatment for cannabis use, 31% are aged 10-19 years, 36% are aged 20-29 years, 18% are aged 30-39 years, 11% are aged 40-49 years, 4% are aged 50-59 years, and 0.8% are aged 60+ years.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2017-18.

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.