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released: 29 Jul 2005 author: AIHW media release

This report is the eleventh in a series originally titled Statistics on Drug Abuse in Australia. The report provides a comprehensive summary of major drug use statistical collections, with references to sources of more detailed information. Data are presented on patterns of drug use (including trends and characteristics of substance users), international comparisons, drugs and health, special population groups, crime and law enforcement, polydrug use and drug avoidance and moderation. New to this edition is material presented on ecstasy and related drugs, patterns of substance use and psychological wellbeing, closed treatment episodes in alcohol and other drug treatment services, and females incarcerated in Australian prisons. This report and others in the Drug Statistics Series are useful resources for policy-makers, planners and researchers interested in drug-related matters.

ISSN 1442 7230; ISBN 978 1 74024 486 2; Cat. no. PHE 62; 128pp.; FREE

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (195KB PDF)
    • Title page and verso
    • Contents
    • Preface
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Summary
    • Acknowledgements
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (Sections 1-6: 435KB PDF)
      1. National Drug Strategy
      2. About this report
      3. Data sources
    2. Tobacco
      1. Introduction
      2. Reported consumption trends
      3. Consumption by age and sex
      4. Apparent consumption trends
      5. Government revenue
    3. Alcohol
      1. Introduction
      2. Apparent consumption trends
      3. Reported consumption trends
      4. Consumption by age and sex
      5. Risk of alcohol-related harm in the long term
      6. Risk of alcohol-related harm in the short term
      7. Government revenue
    4. Illicit drug use
      1. Introduction
      2. Measures of illicit drug use
      3. Marijuana/cannabis use
      4. Ecstasy and related drugs (ERDs) use
    5. Pharmaceutical products
      1. Introduction
      2. Top 10 prescription medicines
      3. Community prescriptions for major drug groups
      4. Use of someone else's prescribed medication
    6. International comparisons
      1. Introduction
      2. Tobacco
      3. Alcohol
      4. Illicit drugs
    7. Drugs and health (Sections 7-12: 577KB PDF)
      1. Introduction
      2. Mental health.
      3. Injecting drug use and communicable disease
      4. Injecting drug use and risky behaviour
      5. Overdoses
      6. Mortality and morbidity
    8. Special population groups
      1. Introduction
      2. Young people
      3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
      4. Pregnant and/or breastfeeding women
      5. Homeless people
      6. Injecting drug users
      7. Other selected population groups
    9. Treatment Services
      1. Introduction
      2. National pharmacotherapy statistics
      3. Sydney medically supervised injecting centre
    10. Crime and law enforcement
      1. Introduction
      2. Illicit drug offences
      3. Drug use and criminal offending
      4. Self-reported crime by injecting drug users
      5. Illicit drug detections
    11. Polydrug use
      1. Introduction
      2. Polydrug use and tobacco
      3. Polydrug use and alcohol
      4. Polydrug use and marijuana/cannabis
      5. Polydrug use and amphetamine-type substances
      6. Polydrug use and heroin
    12. Drug avoidance and moderation
      1. Introduction
      2. Avoidance of cigarette smoke
      3. Smoking moderation behaviours
      4. Alcohol reduction behaviours
      5. Alcohol moderation behaviours
      6. Participation in drug treatment programs
  • End matter (65KB PDF)
    • Appendix A: Confidence Intervals
    • References and further reading

Notes and corrections

  1. (7 August 2006) Table 4.2: Summary of recent illicit drug use: proportion of the population aged 14 years and over, by drug type, Australia, 1991 to 2004 has been corrected-1991 results only.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2005. Statistics on drug use in Australia 2004. Drug statistics series no. 15. Cat. no. PHE 62. Canberra: AIHW.

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