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

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia

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

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

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

Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of people who had ever used e-cigarettes rose from 8.8% to 11.3%.

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

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