Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia: early insights
Apr 29, 2022
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has recently released a report titled “Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia: early insights”. This report is a companion to the annual report which is yet to be released. It presents some of the key statistics about Australia’s publicly funded alcohol and other drug services and their clients for the period of 2020 - 2021. Australia wide, the principal drugs of concern that led people to seek treatment were alcohol (37%), followed by amphetamines (24%), cannabis (19%) and heroin (4.6%). However, when looking state-by-state, Queesland had higher rates for cannabis as principal drug of concern (29%) due to very high numbers of arrests associated with minor cannabis possession, which leads to a police diversion program. The most common treatment type was counselling and the majority of AOD treatment agencies were non-government services.