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released: 2 Oct 2015 author: AIHW media release

There have been several corresponding trends in the availability, use and treatment of methylamphetamines since 2003–04. Following a decline between 2006–07 and 2009–10, there have been increases across many factors relating to methylamphetamines to 2013–14. Arrests, seizures and detections have all increased. Users are now favouring the crystal form of methylamphetamine. They are using it more frequently, and, there appear to be more new users of crystal. There are more people in treatment reporting smoking as their usual method of use for amphetamines than previously.

ISSN 1447-6746 (PDF) and 2205-5088 (Print); ISBN 978-1-74249-810-2; Cat. no. HSE 165; 40pp.; $18

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Availability and the illicit drug market
    • 3 Use
    • 4 Treatment
    • 5 Trends in availability, use and treatment
    • 6 Implications for policy
    • 7 Data gaps and limitations
  • End matter
    • Glossary
    • References

Notes and corrections

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Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (16 Dec 2015) Minor data correction to supplementary data tables – Tables S5-S10, S13, S14. PDF: Minor updates have been made to the Summary and Use sections relating to NDSHS demographic data for 2004 and 2007. These updates affect some of the information reported for Age, Remoteness Area, Socio Economic Status and Indigenous status. The previously reported increase in recent meth/amphetamine use for Indigenous Australians has been reversed as a result of the updates. 
    Previous version: Trends in methylamphetamine availability, use and treatment, 2003–04 to 2013–14 (6.5MB PDF) 
    Previous version: Trends In methylamphetamine availability, use and treatment, 2003-04 to 2013-14: supplementary tables (331KB XLS) 

Recommended citation

AIHW 2015. Trends in methylamphetamine availability, use and treatment, 2003–04 to 2013–14. Drug treatment series no. 26. Cat. no. HSE 165. Canberra: AIHW.

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