- Approximately 1 in 10 (34.8%) of the Australian population reporting having used Cannabis.
- 2nd most common drug type identified at toxicology for motor vehicle accident deaths in 2016.
- Around 1 in 10 Australians report using either ecstasy (11.2%), hallucinogens (9.4%) or cocaine (9%), with cocaine use increasing significantly since the last survey in 2013.
- Self-reported mental health issues increased among people who have used cannabis in the last 12 months; from 21% in 2013 to 28% in 2016.
- The majority of national illicit drug seizures (52.4%) and arrests (48.8%) were for cannabis in 2017–18.
- Recent users reported their primary source of cannabis as friends 66%, followed by dealers 19.9% in 2016.
Substance Use Disorder
Around 1 in 20 Australians have substance abuse problem. This can result in long-term psychological physical problems to the individual. Substance use disorder is a major risk factor of mental illness in Australia.
Drug use disorders include the misuse of illegal drugs (such as cannabis and amphetamines) and use of prescription medicines, such as painkillers or sedatives, for non-medical reasons.
The most commonly used substances in Australia are alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and meth/amphetamines.