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Facts from the government
- 9.0 million (43%) Australians aged over 14 used an illegal drug in their lifetime.
- 3.4 million (16.4%) Australians aged over 14 used an illicit drug within the preceding 12-months. (2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey)
- Australians spent $9.3 billion on illicit recreational drugs in 2018. (Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission)
- Australians spent another $14.9 billion on alcohol (Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey)
The best health outcome for those Australians using a psychoactive substance and their families are best achieved by legal regulation of drugs and harm reduction strategies.
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