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Drug and Alcohol Use In 2014, methamphetamines and cocaine were listed as separate drug response categories revealing very different prevalence rates: of those who indicated that a member of their household had used substances, almost 35% reported a household member was using methamphetamines. Methamphetamines are extremely addictive and are sometimes called meth, crystal, chalk, and ice, among other terms. Of those survey respondents who reported having someone in their household who had regularly used drugs in the previous 12 months, the majority indicated this affected their capacity to meet their basic household needs. Twenty percent were frequently unable to meet basic needs and 48% were sometimes unable to meet basic needs. Combined, these two groups of households constituted 6.6% of all households surveyed in 2014. These results are Alcohol was the cause of 157,132 hospitalisations in 2010 Alcohol was the most commonly consumed drug in the 2014 ER survey Of those who reported that drugs were regularly used in their household, 68% said they could not meet basic needs all or some of the time 19 ABC News (2014), http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-31/15australians-die-each-day-from-alcohol-related-illness-study/5637050 20 VCOSS(2015), State Budget Submission 2015-16, http://vcoss.org.au/documents/2015/03/VCOSS%20State%20Budget%20Su bmission%202015-16.pdf 17 Other Legally prescribed medication (e.g.… Cocaine Inhalants (glue, petrol etc.) Heroin Ecstasy, LSD, other recreational drugs The most commonly used drug was alcohol, which is consistent with other national surveys on drug abuse (e.g. the National Drug Strategy Household Survey). The 2014 Emergency Relief Survey revealed the prevalence of alcohol consumption continued to rise, from 47% in 2006, to 55% in 2010 and 65.4% in 2014. Cannabis was the next most commonly used substance with half of the respondents indicating a household member had regularly used in the past year. This is largely consistent with past survey trends. Metaamphetamines… Ten percent of survey respondents indicated that, as far as they knew, someone in their household had regularly used substances/drugs in the previous 12 months. 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Alcohol There is strong evidence of an association between social determinants such as unemployment, homelessness, poverty and family breakdown, and drug use. In