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Ten percent of survey respondents indicated that, as far as they know, someone in their household had regularly used substances/drugs in the previous 12 months. This result for the 2014 survey has continued the downward trend in the percentage of respondents who report having a household member using drugs (15% in 2010 and 24% in 2006). Table 31: Households with Drug Abuse Problems Proportion of Households with Drug Abuse Problems Drug Type No. 2014 2010 2006 Alcohol 17 65.4% 55.0% 47.0% Cannabis (Marijuana) 14 53.9% 55.2% 56.1% Meth-amphetamines (Ice, Speed) 9 34.6% NA NA Ecstasy, LSD, other recreational drugs 4 15.3% 7.5% 4.5% Heroin 4 15.3% 32.5% 37.9% 3 11.5% 17.5% 40.9% Inhalants (glue, petrol etc.) 2 7.6% NA NA Cocaine 2 7.6% NA NA Other* 1 3.8% 22.5% 12.1% Legally prescribed medication (e.g. sleeping tablets, valium) used in frequency or ways other than intends *Other includes: Cigarette The most commonly used drug indicated by survey respondents in 2014 was alcohol, which is consistent with other national surveys on drug abuse (e.g. the National Drug Strategy Household Survey). The 2014 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. In 2014, methamphetamines and cocaine were listed as separate drug response categories revealing very different prevalence rates: almost 35% (n=9) reported a household member was using methamphetamines compared to 7.6% (n=2) for cocaine. Reported use of heroin by household members appears to have declined significantly from 37.9% of respondents in 2006 down to 15.3% in 2014 (n=4). Similarly, use of legally prescribed medication appears to have declined based on the results from the 2014 survey. 42