Prevalence

Most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people do not use illicit drugs, however, surveys show that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more likely to have recently used illicit drugs than non-Indigenous people [28659] [21278] [26500] [21724][14321]. In general, illicit drug use is more common among the younger age groups, and men are more likely than women to have recently used an illicit drug [26500]. The most commonly used illicit drugs by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are cannabis, analgesics and sedatives (pain relief medications), and amphetamines [31278]. For current statistical information on the prevalence of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, please refer to our latest Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status.

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