National Drug Strategy Household Survey – information from the detailed report

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The detailed report for the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey has been released.  Some months ago we covered the first released findings from the survey, which you can revisit.  Here we’ll cover some of the trends and statistics not covered in that earlier release.

  • People who live in regional and remote areas are twice as likely to smoke.  The significant declines that have been seen in daily smoking from 2010 to 2013 only apply to those living in major cities
  • Daily smoking and drinking increases with increased remoteness
  • People living with the lowest socioeconomic status (SES) were 3 times more likely to smoke than those in the highest SES 
  • People in the highest SES were more likely to drink at risky levels and to have taken ecstasy or cocaine in the last 12 months than those in the lowest SES 
  • Indigenous people were 2.5 times more likely to smoke tobacco than non-Indigenous people
  • Use of illicit drugs in the last 12 months was far more common in those who identified as homosexual or bisexual as compared with those who identified as heterosexual
  • Twice as many illicit drug users than non-users identified having a mental health issue
  • Those who were unemployed were more likely to smoke daily; used cannabis, methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy; and misused pharmaceuticals than those who were employed   

You can get further details by reading the full report here: http://www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=60129549848

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