Statistics and Indicators

Recent misuse of pharmaceuticals

  • Nationally, pharmaceutical abuse and misuse is fast becoming an area of public health concern, at a rate of 1 in 20 Australians in 2016 (AIHW 2016). Of these medications, opioids (including oxycodone) are the biggest contributors.
  • In 2016 in the ACT 2.9% reported misuse of painkillers/analgesics and opioids (2.9%). 


​Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017). National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) 2016—key findings

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Source: National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016