Statistics and Indicators

Recent illicit drug use - cannabis

  • In 2016, cannabis was the most widely used illicit drug in the ACT, followed by the misuse of prescription painkillers and opioids and misuse of other pharmaceuticals. 
  • Use in the ACT has remained relatively stable over the past decade (8.4% in 2016) and is the lowest rate in Australia. 
  • ACT males aged 14 years and older were almost twice as likely to have used cannabis in the previous 12 months as ACT females (11.4% and 5.6%, respectively), while people aged 20–29 years were the most likely to have used cannabis in the past 12 months (17.3%). This is compared to around 10.6% of those aged 30–39 years.

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Source: National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016