Previous surveys (until 2016) measured the public’s support for the use of cannabis as a medicine and the greater majority were in favour of it. In the 2016 NDSHS, 87% of those surveyed supported ‘a clinical trial for people to use marijuana to treat medical conditions’ and 85% supported a permanent legislative provision in the form of a ‘change in legislation permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes’.

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Basic Information

The 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report showed that:

  • fewer Australians are smoking tobacco daily, while the use of e-cigarettes is increasing
  • more Australians are giving up or reducing their alcohol intake, driven by health concerns
  • rates of substance use are falling among younger generations (less likely to smoke, drink and use illicit drugs)
  • non-medical pharmaceutical use is down, driven by a fall in the use of pain-killers.

A companion report National Drug Household Survey 2019: in brief is also available.