Prevalence

The use of stimulants such as amphetamines, cocaine or ecstasy is not as common among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the use of other illicit drugs such as cannabis [39231]. However there is still a significant number of people who use stimulants, particularly for amphetamines and ‘other drugs’. Other drugs (which includes heroin, methadone, cocaine, petrol and other inhalants) are the third most commonly used substances among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [39231]. Amphetamines or speed is the fourth most commonly used substance. 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 2017-18, amphetamines were the second most common illicit drug people sought help for from alcohol and drug treatment services [40584].

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