‘Key findings’ of the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) report were released online on June 1, 2017. The research found that those aged under 30 were smoking less, drinking less and using fewer illicit drugs in 2016. However, for people in their 40s, 50s and 60s, there was little to no change in drug usage, although their use of some drugs had increased between 2013 and 2016.
Fewer 12–17 year-olds were drinking alcohol and the proportion abstaining from alcohol significantly increased from 2013 to 2016 (from 72% to 82%). Declines were seen in recent use of some illegal drugs in 2016 including meth/amphetamines (from 2.1% to 1.4%), hallucinogens (1.3% to 1.0%), and synthetic cannabinoids (1.2% to 0.3%).