In Western Australia (WA) in 2008–09, 44 government-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided 16,915 treatment episodes. This represented a decrease of 7 treatment agencies and around 1,800 treatment episodes compared with 2007–08. The median1 age of persons receiving treatment for their own drug use and those seeking treatment related to someone else’s drug use was similar to 2007–08 (30 years and 48 years, respectively).

Alcohol (46%), amphetamines (20%) and cannabis (16%) were again the top three drugs of concern.

As in 2007–08, counselling was the most common form of main treatment provided (56% of episodes), followed by rehabilitation (14%) and withdrawal management (10%).

  1. The median is the midpoint of a list of observations ranked from the smallest to the largest.