Recent national health surveys such as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey found that amphetamines are reported as the fourth most commonly used illicit drug [39231].  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men are around three times more likely to use amphetamines than women.

Hospitalisation for mental disorders from amphetamine use has increased in recent years with evidence that regional areas are affected more than metropolitan areas and Aboriginal people are experiencing a disproportionate burden of harm from amphetamines [32347][34492]. In 2020-21, amphetamines were the second most common drug after alcohol, that people sought help for from alcohol and drug treatment services [43453].


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