Trends in drug-related hospitalisations in Australia 1999 - 2019
Jul 9, 2021
The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has published a report titled “Trends in drug-related hospitalisations in Australia, 1999 -2019.” The report extracts data from the National Hospital Morbidity Database, with a focus on opioid, cannabinoids, cocaine and amphetamine and other related stimulants. There were 61 780 drug related hospitalisations in the 2018-19 year, excluding tobacco and alcohol. Amphetamines and other related stimulants made up the largest proportion accounting for 25% of these hospitalisations, with evidence showing that this number has been steadily increasing in recent years. People aged between 20 - 29 made up 28% of the hospitalisations. There is also a data visualisation tool available which allows the display of data for each Australian state and territory.