In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
Call Mental Health Triage on
1800 629 354
(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or
For a poison emergency in Australia call
13 11 26
Drug and Alcohol Help Line
The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on
Health Protection Service
For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:
02 5124 9700
24 hour health advice
1800 022 222
ACT State Emergency Service
during flood or storms
Although ACT secondary students’ reported illicit drug use remained relatively stable between the 2014 and 2017 surveys, there have been significant decreases over the reporting periods. This is most obvious in the used at least one illicit drug in their lifetime category, which dropped from 37.0% in 1996 to 15.6% in 2017. During the same period, the proportion of students who reported using an illicit drug at least once in the last year significantly decreased from 32.1% to 12.7%, respectively, last month from 17.7% to 5.0%, respectively, and last week from 11.7% to 2.6%, respectively.
Used at least one illicit drug refers to the use of amphetamines, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, hallucinogens or marijuana.
Please note that this indicator was updated in 2022 and replaces all previous versions.
For the purpose of reporting the Australian Secondary Students' Alcohol and Drug survey data on HealthStats, if the 95% confidence intervals of the estimates do not overlap, they are considered to be significantly different.