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Update Date: 19 June 2020
The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey was conducted between April and September of 2010 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 tenth survey in a series of national household surveys and is the fifth 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, 2004 and 2007.
The survey included questions regarding respondents’ personal drug and alcohol experience and behaviour, opinions on drug policy and legislation, availability of drugs and alcohol, injury and harm from drugs and alcohol, and attitudes towards the use of alcohol and other drugs. The drugs covered included: tobacco/cigarettes, alcohol, pain-killers/analgesics, tranquillisers, heroin, methadone, inhalants, ketamine, GHB, ecstasy, hallucinogens, cocaine, meth/amphetamines, other opiates, cannabis/marijuana, and steroids.
Demographic and background variables included: state of residence, age, sex, marital status, self-assessed health status, sexuality, Indigenous status, country of birth, language spoken at home, employment status, occupation, level of education, income, index of socio-economic disadvantage and household composition.