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Update Date: 15 October 2020
This study is the seventh in a series of national household surveys to examine current awareness, attitudes and behaviour related to drugs and drug problems, usage of drugs, and to assess changes in these attitudes and usage over the period 1985-2001. The seven earlier studies are Social Issues in Australia, 1985; the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse Social Issues Survey, 1988; the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse Social Issues Survey, 1991; the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse Social Issues Survey, 1993; the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 1995; the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 1998; and the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 2001. A supplement was also carried out targeting the urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations in 1994.
As with the previous surveys in the series, the questionnaire asked respondents about their degree of concern regarding various social issues and drugs. For the ‘Drop & collect’ sample, a sealed section of the questionnaire allowed respondents to indicate their usage of each drug without the interviewer being aware of their answers. For the Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) sample these sections were asked directly by the interviewer.
The drugs covered were: tobacco/cigarettes, alcohol, pain killers/ analgesics, tranquillisers, steroids, barbiturates, cannabis, heroin, methadone, other opiates, amphetamines, cocaine, hallucinogens, LSD, ecstasy, GHB, ketamines and inhalants.
Background variables include state, remoteness category, sex, age, marital status, indigenous status, country of birth, language spoken at home, employment status, occupation, educational attainment, income and index of socio-economic disadvantage, and household descriptions.