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Lifestyle > Amphetamine use: Countries Compared

Author: Edria Murray<br>Staff editor

Author: Edria Murray<br>Staff editor

Amphetamine and Methamphetamine are stimulant drugs. Although amphetamines have some therapeutic uses such as the treatment of obesity, they are more well known as recreational drugs. Common names for these drugs include speed, meth, chalk, ecstacy, ice and glass. Amphetamines are addictive and tolerance can develop, causing the user to need more of the drug to get the same effect.



Long term amphetamine use has been linked to paranoid psychosis, hallucinations, violent and aggressive behavior, weight loss and tremors.



As amphetamine use is usually self-reported, inaccuracies in the data are likely to occur due to:


  • The legal status of amphetamine use and the percieved level of enforcement of these laws.


  • General public opinion of amphetamine use.


Amphetamine possession (without a doctors prescription), use, supply and manufacture is illegal in most countries including Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.



Countries with high rates of amphetamine use also have high rates of cannabis use but usage rates of common legal drugs such as alcohol (spirits, beer,
wine) and tobacco are not unusually high.

DEFINITION: Percentage of people who have used amphetamines, generally for ages 15 and over. Spain and Greece: data for ages 15-64. Netherlands: data for ages 15-59. United Kingdom: data for ages 16-59. Germany: data for ages 18-59. Belgium: data for ages 18-65. France: data for ages 18-69. Data generally for 1999 or 1998. Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden: data for 1997. Austria: data for 1996. Denmark, France: data for 1995. Belgium: data for 1994. Canada: data for 1993..

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 AustraliaAustralia 3.6% 1999
2 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 3% 1999
3 New ZealandNew Zealand 2.47% 1999
4 SpainSpain 0.87% 1999
5 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 0.8% 1999
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 0.777% 1999
6 United StatesUnited States 0.7% 1999
7 IrelandIreland 0.68% 1999
8 DenmarkDenmark 0.68% 1999
9 BelgiumBelgium 0.65% 1999
10 ItalyItaly 0.51% 1999
11 AustriaAustria 0.49% 1999
12 GermanyGermany 0.48% 1999
13 NetherlandsNetherlands 0.4% 1999
14 NorwayNorway 0.35% 1999
15 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 0.32% 1999
16 JapanJapan 0.3% 1999
17 PolandPoland 0.3% 1999
18 FranceFrance 0.3% 1999
19 PortugalPortugal 0.24% 1999
20 FinlandFinland 0.19% 1999
21 SwedenSweden 0.19% 1999
22 CanadaCanada 0.15% 1999
23 GreeceGreece 0.11% 1999
24 MexicoMexico 0.06% 1999
25 HungaryHungary 0.03% 1999
26 LuxembourgLuxembourg 0.01% 1999

Citation

"All countries compared for Lifestyle > Amphetamine use", OECD. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Lifestyle/Amphetamine-use

Lifestyle > Amphetamine use: Countries Compared Map

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Amphetamine and Methamphetamine are stimulant drugs. Although amphetamines have some therapeutic uses such as the treatment of obesity, they are more well known as recreational drugs. Common names for these drugs include speed, meth, chalk, ecstacy, ice and glass. Amphetamines are addictive and tolerance can develop, causing the user to need more of the drug to get the same effect.



Long term amphetamine use has been linked to paranoid psychosis, hallucinations, violent and aggressive behavior, weight loss and tremors.



As amphetamine use is usually self-reported, inaccuracies in the data are likely to occur due to:


  • The legal status of amphetamine use and the percieved level of enforcement of these laws.


  • General public opinion of amphetamine use.


Amphetamine possession (without a doctors prescription), use, supply and manufacture is illegal in most countries including Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.



Countries with high rates of amphetamine use also have high rates of cannabis use but usage rates of common legal drugs such as alcohol (spirits, beer,
wine) and tobacco are not unusually high.

Posted on 10 Mar 2005

Edria Murray<br>Staff editor

Edria Murray<br>Staff editor

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Because they're convicts? Aus also scores high in education and tops Legatum...possibly because convicts make reasonable accountants?

Posted on 13 Sep 2009

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