Overview

Illicit use of drugs causes death and disability and is a risk factor for many diseases. It is also associated with risks to users' family and friends and to the community. Illicit use of drugs includes use of illegal drugs, misuse or non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs, or inappropriate use of other substances (such as inhalants).

More reports and statistics on illicit use of drugs can be found under Alcohol, Alcohol & other drug treatment services and Smoking.

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Latest findings

There is a strong link between problematic alcohol or other drug use and experiences of homelessness

People who inject drugs experience considerably poorer health outcomes than other drug users

People with mental health conditions are more likely to use tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs

Non-medical pharmaceutical use is down, driven by a fall in use of pain-killers.

Australians are increasingly supportive of cannabis use and most support pill-testing.

Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of people who had ever used e-cigarettes rose from 8.8% to 11.3%.

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