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Australian methamphetamine user outcomes

Statistical bulletin no. 03

Susan Goldsmid, Ingrid Johnston, Madeleine Kapira, Cathy Claydon, Mark Petricevic and Karen Webber
ISSN 1836-2206
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 2017

Abstract | Illicit drug use costs Australia billions of dollars every year in lost productivity and healthcare and crime costs. This paper examines the demographics of methamphetamine users and their employment, education and health outcomes using data from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program, the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services data collection and the National Prisoner Health Data Collection. Across all data sources, methamphetamine users reported worse employment, education, housing and health outcomes than those who used other illicit drugs and those who did not use drugs. In the general population, this effect was more pronounced for crystal methamphetamine users than for users of other forms of methamphetamines.