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Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2017–18: key findings 

In 2017–18, 952 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services provided just under 210,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 130,000 clients. The four most common drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (34% of all treatment episodes), amphetamines (25%), cannabis (21%) and heroin (5%). Two-thirds (66%) of all clients receiving treatment were male and the median age of clients was 34 years.

Alcohol and other drug use in regional and remote Australia: consumption, harms and access to treatment 2016–17 

This report identifies trends and differences in alcohol and other drug use, harms and treatment in Major cities and Regional and remote Australia. The consumption of alcohol at levels placing people at risk of alcohol-related harm was higher for clients in Regional and remote Australia compared with those in Major cities. While the consumption of illicit drugs was similar for clients in Major cities and Regional and remote areas, the type of illicit drug used varied. Clients in Regional and remote areas were more likely than those in Major cities to travel 1 hour or longer to access services.  

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