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).
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16 Jul 2020
Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable health burden in Australia
People who inject drugs experience considerably poorer health outcomes than other drug users
Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia
Non-medical pharmaceutical use is down, driven by a fall in use of pain-killers.
Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of people who had ever used e-cigarettes rose from 8.8% to 11.3%.
Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of ex-drinkers rose from 7.6% to 8.9%.
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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