STIMULANT USE DISORDER IN AUSTRALIA

November 25, 2011

STIMULANT USE DISORDER IN AUSTRALIA

The Medical Journal of Australia has published a study drawing on data from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.   A population sample of 8841was surveyed in order to estimate the lifetime and past year prevalence of stimulant use disorder using DSM-IV criteria.   3.3% of the sample we found to have had a stimulant use disorder at some time in their life, the twelve month prevalence rate was 0.6%.   Over 8% of men aged 16-29 years of age met the criteria for a stimulant use disorder at some time in their lives.

Stimulant Use and Stimulant Use Disorders in Australia: findings from the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (142Kb PDF)