Prevalence

There is limited data on the use of amphetamines and cocaine among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 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]. Cannabis is reported as the most commonly used illicit drug followed by ‘Other Drugs’ (which includes heroin, cocaine, petrol, LDS/synthetic hallucinogens, kava, methadone and other inhalants). 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 2019-20, amphetamines were the second most common illicit drug people sought help for from alcohol and drug treatment services [43453].

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Bush Potato Dreaming by Rene Dixon

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