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Update Date: 15 October 2020
The 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey was conducted between July and November of 2007 and examines current awareness of attitudes and behaviours toward drugs and drug problems within the Australian community, focussing on respondents personal attitudes toward drugs, knowledge of drugs and drug histories. This is the ninth survey in a series of national household surveys which focus on drugs and drug behaviour and is the fourth in the series conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The series also includes the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse: Social Issues in Australia Surveys of 1985, 1988 and 1991. These studies were followed by the National Drug Strategy Household Surveys of 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2004. A supplement was also produced in 1994 which targeted the urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.
The survey included questions regarding respondents opinions on prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, availability of drugs and alcohol, personal drug and alcohol behavior, opinions on adequacy of drug information and services and how drug information and services might be improved. The drugs covered included: tobacco/cigarettes, alcohol, pain-killers/analgesics, tranquillisers, barbiturates, heroin, methadone, inhalants, ketamines, GHB, ecstasy, LSD, hallucinogens, cocaine, meth/amphetamines, opiates, cannabis/marijuana, and steroids.
Background variables included: state of residence, age, sex, marital status, indigenous status, country of birth, language spoken at home, employment status, occupation, level of education, income, index of socio-economic disadvantage and household descriptions.