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’.
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.
- ISSN: 2205-507X
- ISBN: 978-1-76054-697-7
- DOI: Link to DOI:10.25816/e42p-a447
- Cat. no: PHE 270
- Pages: 104