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If a person had used these types of drugs, they were asked if they had used them for non-medical purposes/when they were not sick. If so, they were then asked if they had used the drug in this way in the 12 months prior to interview.
People were also asked whether they had ever:
If a person had used these types of drugs at some point in their lifetime, they were also asked if they had used them in the 12 months prior to interview.
Respondents were then asked whether they had ever tried any other substances that they could inject, sniff, chew, smoke or use in some other way. If yes, they were given the following list to choose from:
Where possible, the responses were attributed to one of the substance categories, but they may have also been classified as 'other'.
If a person had used a substance at some point in their lifetime, they were also asked if they had used that substance in the 12 months prior to interview.
The data items and related output categories for this topic are available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.
Points to be considered when interpreting data for this topic include the following.
Comparability with 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Data for common items are considered comparable between the 2004-05 NATSIHS and 2012-13 NATSIHS. However, the 2004-05 NATSIHS only collected these data for non-remote respondents. These respondents completed the questions on a separate paper form, which is consistent to the 2012-13 approach of completing these questions privately.
The 2012-13 NATSIHS asked if respondents had ever tried any other substances followed by a list of possible other substances if they stated yes. However, the 2004-05 NATSIHS had separate questions to ask whether the respondent had ever used each of these substances in the 2012-13 list. This may have increased reporting of these substances in the 2004-05 NATSIHS due to stating each substance separately, while respondents in 2012-13 NATSIHS will not have reported these substances if they did not state they had ever tried other substances.
Comparability with 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)
Data for common items are considered comparable between the 2008 NATSISS and 2012-13 NATSIHS. The only difference between the two surveys is that in the 2008 NATSISS non-remote interview the 'other' substances were collected in the same approach as the 2004-05 NATSIHS, asking for each substance in a separate question, while the remote interview collected these data in the same approach as the 2012-13 NATSIHS. This should not impact comparability of these items.
Comparability with 2011-12 National Health Survey (NHS)
These data are not collected in the 2011-12 NHS.