What proportion of Australians has met the diagnostic criteria for a pharmaceutical drug use disorder at some time in their life?
Australians who have a sedative use disorder comprise a small subset of all people who use pharmaceutical drugs (either for medical or non-medical reasons).
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NCETA secondary analysis, 2016).
Please note: This FAQ uses data from the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, which defines the pharmaceutical drugs referred to in this question as: sedatives (barbiturates, Librium, Serepax®, sleeping pills and Valium®).
Abuse: A maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically signiﬁcant impairment or distress.
Dependence: A maladaptive pattern of use in which the use of drugs or alcohol takes on a much higher priority for a person than other behaviours that once had greater value. The central characteristic is the strong, sometimes overpowering, desire to take the substance despite significant substance-related problems.