Illicit drugs and prescription medications abuse:Around one third of Australians use illicit drugs at some point in their lives.
Cannabis is the most commonly used, followed by ecstasy, amphetamines and cocaine. Misuse of prescription medication, especially pain medication, appears to be a growing problem with veterans. Co-morbid mental health problems are common, particularly depression, alcohol abuse, anxiety and PTSD. Substance use and suicidal thoughts or behaviours are often related.