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).

The 2022 National Drug Strategy Household Survey is currently being conducted across Australia. You may be selected to participate. Find out more at www.aihw.gov.au/2022-ndshs
 

Featured reports

Latest findings

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia

The non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs is an ongoing concern internationally

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke has declined significantly

In 2019, 43% of Australians had illicitly used a drug in their life and 16.4% had used one in the last 12 months.

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

Smoking and drinking rates are down among gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

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