Australian Drug Use Statistics

  • Amphetamines

    According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010:

    • 7.0% of Australians aged over 14 years had used amphetamines at some stage in their life.
    • 2.1% had used them in the previous 12 months.
    • The average age at which Australians first tried amphetamines was 20.9 years.

     

    Analgesics

    According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010, 4.8% of the Australian population aged 14 years and older had used analgesics for non-medical purposes at some stage in their life.

     

    Benzodiazepines

    According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010:

    • 3.2% of the Australian population had used tranquillisers/sleeping pills (including benzodiazepines) for non-medical purposes at some stage in their lifetime.
    • 1.4% had used benzodiazepines in this way in the previous 12 months.

     

    Cannabis

    According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010:

    • Over 35.4% of Australians aged over 14 years have used cannabis in their lifetime.
    • 7.7% had used cannabis in the previous 12 months.

     

    Cocaine

    According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010:

    • 7.3% of Australians aged over 14 years had used cocaine at some stage in their life.
    • 2.1% had used it in the previous 12 months.
    • The average age at which Australians first tried cocaine was 23.3 years.

     

    Ecstasy

    According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010:

    • 10.3% of Australians aged over 14 years had used ecstasy at some stage in their life.
    • 3.0% had used it in the previous 12 months.
    • The average age at which Australians first tried ecstasy was 22.2 years.

     

    GHB

    According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010:

    • 0.8% of Australians aged over 14 years had used GHB at some stage in their life.
    • 0.1% had used it in the previous 12 months.
    • The average age at which Australians first tried GHB was 23.9 years.

     

    Hallucinogens

    According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010:

    • 8.8% of Australians aged over 14 years had used hallucinogens (other than cannabis and ecstasy) at some stage in their life.
    • 1.4% had used them in the previous 12 months.
    • The average age at which people first tried hallucinogens (other than cannabis and ecstasy) was 19.8 years.

     

    Heroin

    According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010:

    • 1.4% of the Australian population aged 14 years and older had used heroin at some stage in their lifetime.
    • 0.2% had used heroin in the previous 12 months.

     

    Ice

    According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010:

    • 2.3% of Australians aged over 14 years had used amphetamines in the previous 12 months.
    • Of these, 50.8% had used ice.

     

    Inhalants

    According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010:

    • 3.8% of Australians aged over 14 years had used inhalants at some stage in their life.
    • 0.4% had used them in the previous 12 months.
    • The average age at which Australians first tried inhalants was 19.5 years.

     

    Ketamine

    According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2010:

    • 1.4% of Australians aged over 14 years had used ketamine at some stage in their life.
    • 0.2% had used it in the previous 12 months.

 

Reference:
2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report

released: 27 Jul 2011 author: AIHW