The Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey is a triennial national survey of students’ use of licit and illicit substances and can sometimes take an extremely long time to be released – this has been one of those times! Both a Word and PDF version of the 2014 survey results are available on the Australian Government’s National Drug Strategy website. The findings are mostly extremely positive, particularly when it comes to alcohol and tobacco. The proportion of students who had used any illicit substance in their lifetime or in the past month had not changed when compared to the previous two surveys in 2011 and 2008. Recent use of cannabis, however, had risen across all age groups.
DARTA has produced a downloadable PowerPoint presentation in PDF format on the results.
Full ASSAD 2014 report released and available