Overview

Illicit use of drugs causes death and disability and is a risk factor for many diseases. It is also associated with risks to users' family and friends and to the community. Illicit use of drugs includes use of illegal drugs, misuse or non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs, or inappropriate use of other substances (such as inhalants).

More reports and statistics on illicit use of drugs can be found under Alcohol, Alcohol & other drug treatment services and Smoking.

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Latest findings

Over the past 50 years, levels of apparent consumption of different alcoholic beverages changed substantially

There is a strong link between problematic alcohol or other drug use and experiences of homelessness

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia

Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of ex-drinkers rose from 7.6% to 8.9%.

Non-medical pharmaceutical use is down, driven by a fall in use of pain-killers.

In 2019, 11.0% of Australians smoked tobacco daily, down from 12.2% in 2016 and 24% in 1991.

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