01 July 2019

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2017–18: Key findings

In 2017–18, 952 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services provided just under 210,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 130,000 clients. The four most common drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (34% of all treatment episodes), amphetamines (25%), cannabis (21%) and heroin (5%). Two-thirds (66%) of all clients receiving treatment were male, and the median age of clients was 34 years, 13% were aged 10–19 years and 16% identified as Indigenous Australians.