The purpose of this resource document is to collate various data sources that document trends in alcohol and other drug use and harms in Australia. We hope that it will be a useful resource document.
We have provided data on the following drug classes:
The main data sources used for this report are:
There is an important distinction between the general population surveys (data source 1 and 2, for example) and those surveys of sentinel groups (such as 3 and 4). Interpretation of the general population data is different from the sentinel group data. Sentinel groups are chosen precisely because they engage in illicit drug use, and are likely to have knowledge about market characteristics. Sentinel groups cannot tell us about general population prevalence, but are vital in describing harms and changing patterns of consumption within the drug using population itself.
Within each drug we provide data (where available) on:
We sought consistent high quality indicators that had reliable data over a number of years. In addition, we used national data wherever possible. Some indicators such as ambulance call-outs are available but not in a nationally consistent manner. Therefore we did not include these.