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Drug use in Australia at HIGHEST LEVEL in almost 20 years, survey shows. What’s behind the alarming rise?
Drug use in Australia is at the highest level since 2001, according to a new report issued by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the media and Covid-19 could be to blame.
Over 11 percent of Aussies aged 14 and older use cocaine regularly, most of them male, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) study found.
The proportion of people who think it’s OK for adults to use cocaine regularly has grown in the recent decade, the study says.
Accordingly, the number of people who admitted to using cocaine in the course of a year has increased from one percent to 4.2 percent between 2004 and 2019.
Between 2016 and 2019, particularly, the number of respondents who reported using it at least once a month increased by more than 50 percent. The actual number could be even higher as not every drug user is willing to admit it, even anonymously.
Beside cocaine, the report mentions ecstasy, methamphetamines, hallucinogens and heroin as the most popular substances among Australian drug addicts.
In 2019, in the country of 25 million, about 36 percent of the population had illicitly used drugs at some point in their lifetime, and 3.4 million had used one in the last 12 months, the study says.