substance abuse statistics

The use of cocaine continues to be a problem for many countries around the globe, and Australia is certainly not exempt from this unfortunate substance abuse trend.

In 2010, the National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that 7.3% of Australians aged 14+ years had used cocaine at some time in their life, and that the average age at which Australians first tried cocaine was 23.3 years.

cocaine useOther key findings from the same NDSHS survey include the following:

  • Recent cocaine use had been increasing since 2004, and this trend continued in 2010 with an increase in recent use, from 1.6% in 2007 to 2.1% in 2010
  • Noteworthy increases were seen among females overall and particularly females between ages 20–29 years
  • People who recently used cocaine were more likely than non-users to have been diagnosed with or treated for a mental illness, or have high levels of psychological distress (17.5% for recent users compared with 9.7% for non-users)

Regarding the frequency of cocaine use, at that point over 60% of most recent users used cocaine once or twice a year. Males were more likely than females to use cocaine every few months or read more…