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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.  

Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2016–17 

In 2016–17, 836 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services provided just over 200,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 127,000 clients.
The top four drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (32% of all treatment episodes), amphetamines (26%), cannabis (22%) and heroin (5%). The proportion of closed treatment episodes where clients were receiving treatment for amphetamines has more than doubled over the last 10 years, from 11% of treatment episodes in 2007–08 to 27% in 2016–17. Two-thirds (66%) of all clients receiving treatment in 2016–17 were male and the median age of clients remains at 33 years.

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