National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2011

Appendix 5: Substances used by secondary students in 2008 and 2011

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Table 5A.1: Percentage of students surveyed indicating they had ever used each of the different substances asked about in the survey in 2011 and 2008 in three age groups (12–13-year-olds; 14–15-year-olds and 16–17-year-olds)

2011

Ever used in lifetime
12-13 yrs
(%)
14-15 yrs
(%)
16-17 yrs
(%)
Analgesics
95
97
97
Alcohol
58
77
89
Tobacco
10
23
39
Cannabis
5
14
27
Inhalants
21
18
13
Tranquilisers
14
18
19
Amphetamines
1
3
5
Hallucinogens
1
3
6
Ecstasy
1
3
5
Opiates
2
2
1
Cocaine
1
2
2
Steroids
2
2
2

2008

Ever used in lifetime
12-13 yrs
(%)
14-15 yrs
(%)
16-17 yrs
(%)
Analgesics
94
95
97
Alcohol
73
87
92
Tobacco
13
30
43
Cannabis
4
15
24
Inhalants
22
19
14
Tranquilisers
14
18
19
Amphetamines
2
4
6
Hallucinogens
1
3
5
Ecstasy
1
4
8
Opiates
1
1
2
Cocaine
1
3
4
Steroids
2
3
2

Table 5A.2: Percentage of students surveyed indicating that in the past month they had used each of the different substances asked about in the survey in 2011 and 2008 in three age groups (12–13-year-olds; 14–15-year-olds and 16–17-year-olds)

2011

Used in past month
12-13 yrs
(%)
14-15 yrs
(%)
16-17 yrs
(%)
Analgesics
64
71
73
Alcohol
11
28
53
Tobacco
3
8
17
Cannabis
2
7
13
Inhalants
10
7
4
Tranquilisers
3
5
5
Amphetamines
0
1
2
Hallucinogens
0
1
2
Ecstasy
0
1
2
Opiates
1
0
1
Cocaine
0
1
1
Steroids
1
1
1
Used in past month
12-13 yrs
(%)
14-15 yrs
(%)
16-17 yrs
(%)
Analgesics
65
72
74
Alcohol
15
41
60
Tobacco
4
13
17
Cannabis
2
7
11
Inhalants
10
8
5
Tranquilisers
3
5
4
Amphetamines
1
2
2
Hallucinogens
1
1
2
Ecstasy
1
2
3
Opiates
1
1
1
Cocaine
1
1
1
Steroids
1
2
1

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