7 Worrying facts about ice use in Australia

6 July 2016

A national survey of 1053 Australians asked about their knowledge and attitudes towards ice (crystalline methamphetamine) and other illicit drugs. These are 7 worrying findings:

  • 63% of people in regional areas believe people addicted to ice are a danger to the community compared with 54% in cities
  • 21% of people surveyed say they have witnessed first-hand the destruction wrought by ice on their communities
  • 50% of people say ice and amphetamines are not hard to access and 13% have been offered them (up from 10% last year)
  • 6.7% have tried ice and amphetamines (up from 4.9% last year) and 2.5% are currently using (up from 0.9% last year)
  • 7% of people have tried ice or amphetamines compared with 3% who have tried heroin
  • 70% say ice addicts belong in rehab, 18% say in jail, 5% ‘other’ and 7% say ‘I don’t really care’
  • More Australians this year, compared with last year, believe more dollars should go to rehabilitation than to law enforcement or education.
Last Reviewed: 6 July 2016
Reproduced with kind permission from Medical Observer.


Source: Survey of 1053 Australians in a nationally representative sample for Demystifying Ice -An Annual Study Into The Knowledge And Attitudes Of Australians Towards Ice And Other Illicit Drugs 2016, conducted by The Cabin Addiction Services Group.
Rada Rouse

Rada Rouse

Rada is an award-winning medical journalist and a former president of the Australasian Medical Writers Association.