2011 ASSAD Survey results

The 2011 Australian Secondary School Students’ use of tobacco, alcohol and over-the-counter and illicit substances report has been released. Once again, the data shows quite clearly that the majority of Australian secondary school students do not use illicit drugs. Here are just a few of the key findings:

  • in terms of lifetime drug use, rates were either stable or decreasing for all illicit drug use (apart for cannabis) when compared to the 2008 ASSAD survey among 12-17 year old students
  • lifetime cannabis use had risen from 13.6% in 2008 to 14.8% in 2011
  • 15.6% of 12-17 year old students reported using any illicit drug, including cannabis, in their lifetime. Excluding cannabis use, just 6.5% of students reported using any illicit drug in their lifetime
  • download DARTA’s 2011 ASSAD presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint format or Adobe PDF

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