Australian youth aged 12-17 years in the general population

What proportion of Australians aged 12-17 years in the general population have used pharmaceutical drugs in their lifetime?

Approximately half (54%) of Australians aged 12-17 years in the general population have used pharmaceutical drugs in their lifetime. Fifty-three percent of young Australians have used pain-killers/pain-relievers/opioids during their lifetime and 7% have used tranquillisers/sleeping pills.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2019).

†This FAQ uses data from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, which defines the pharmaceutical drugs referred to in this question as: the medical or non-medical use of pain-killers/pain-relievers/opioids (panadeine forte, nurofen plus, mersyndol, disprin forte, morphine and oxycodone (excluding paracetamol, asprin and ibuprofen where these drugs are the only active ingredients)), tranquillisers/sleeping pills (e.g., sleepers, benzos, tranks, temazzies, temaze, rivotril, serepax, serries, xanax, xannies, stilnox, rohypnol, rowies, valium) and methadone/buprenorphine (e.g., done, junk, jungle juice, bupe, sub).

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

Are male or female Australians aged 12-17 years in the general population more likely to have used pharmaceutical drugs in their lifetime?

Australian girls aged 12-17 years in the general population are more likely than boys to have used pharmaceutical drugsin their lifetime.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2019).

† This FAQ uses data from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, which defines the pharmaceutical drugs referred to in this question as: the medical or non-medical use of pain-killers/pain-relievers/opioids (panadeine forte, nurofen plus, mersyndol, disprin forte, morphine and oxycodone (excluding paracetamol, asprin and ibuprofen where these drugs are the only active ingredients)), tranquillisers/sleeping pills (e.g., sleepers, benzos, tranks, temazzies, temaze, rivotril, serepax, serries, xanax, xannies, stilnox, rohypnol, rowies, valium) and methadone/buprenorphine (e.g., done, junk, jungle juice, bupe, sub).

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

Are younger or older Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years more likely to have used pharmaceutical drugs in their lifetime?

Australians in the general population aged 16-17 years are more likely than those aged 12-15 years to have used pharmaceutical drugs in their lifetime.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2019).

†This FAQ uses data from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, which defines the pharmaceutical drugs referred to in this question as: the medical or non-medical use of pain-killers/pain-relievers/opioids (panadeine forte, nurofen plus, mersyndol, disprin forte, morphine and oxycodone (excluding paracetamol, asprin and ibuprofen where these drugs and the only active ingredients)), tranquillisers/sleeping pills (e.g., sleepers, benzos, tranks, temazzies, temaze, rivotril, serepax, serries, xanax, xannies, stilnox, rohypnol, rowies, valium) and methadone/buprenorphine (e.g., done, junk, jungle juice, bupe, sub).

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.