Illicit drug use is associated with many risks of harm to the person consuming the substance and to their family and friends. It has both short-term and long-term health effects, which can be severe, including poisoning, heart damage, mental illness, self-harm, suicide and death . Illicit drug use also contributes to negative outcomes in health, legal, social and economic settings .
'Illicit use of a drug' or 'illicit drug use' (used interchangeably) can include:
Illicit drug use was responsible for 2.3% of the total burden of disease and injury in Australia in 2018 (including the impact of opioids, amphetamines, cocaine, cannabis and other illicit drug use, as well as unsafe injecting practices). The rate of total burden of disease and injury attributable to illicit drug use increased by 35% between 2003 and 2018.
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