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).

The 2022 National Drug Strategy Household Survey is currently being conducted across Australia. You may be selected to participate. Find out more at www.aihw.gov.au/2022-ndshs

Featured reports

Latest findings

The non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs is an ongoing concern internationally

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

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoke has declined significantly

Between 2016 and 2019, the proportion of ex-drinkers rose from 7.6% to 8.9%.

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

Smoking and drinking rates are down among gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

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