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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24 Aug 2022
16 Jul 2020
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.
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