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.
Australians aged 14 or older had illicitly used drugs in the last 12 months, in 2016; use was highest among 20–29 year olds (28%)
among people in their 40s (from 12% to 16%) and 50s (from 6.7% to 12%) between 2001 and 2016
most likely used in the previous 12 months in 2016 were cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and meth/amphetamines
people aged 14 or older had been a victim of an illicit drug-related incident in the previous 12 months in 2016
Bulletin prepared by the AIHW & AIC that examines the demographics of methamphetamine users & their employment, education & health outcomes
use has more than doubled over the last 5 years (from 11% in 2011–12 to 23% in 2015–16)
Australians aged 14 or older had misused pharmaceuticals in the last 12 months in 2016
Australians perceived meth/amphetamines to be the drug of most serious concern to the general community in 2016
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