Mon. 17 Aug 2020, 5:11 pm

National Drug Strategy Household Survey

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As you are no-doubt aware, the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey was released in July. Surveying over 22,000 Australians aged 14 yrs and over the report found that:

  • 43% of Australians had illicitly used a drug in their life and 16.4% had used one in the last 12 months, with overall rates of substance use falling among younger generations (less likely to smoke, drink and use illicit drugs)
  • more Australians are giving up or reducing their alcohol intake, driven by health concerns 
  • non-medical pharmaceutical use is down, driven by a fall in the use of pain-killers.
  • fewer Australians are smoking tobacco daily, while the use of e-cigarettes is increasing
  • Australians are increasingly supportive of cannabis use and most support pill-testing.

For the first time the survey used the ASSIST-Lite to establish levels of risk and harm and potential substance-dependence.

Click here to check out the full report

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