(Methamphetamine Use and Health) "This section compares meth/amphetamines use patterns with general health, selected health conditions, psychological distress (see Glossary for definition of the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale) and body mass index in people aged 18 years or older. The data are based on self-reported assessments and are not empirically verified. Table 8.7 shows there was a relationship between recent use of meth/amphetamines and a person’s mental health and body mass index. In addition:
" recent users were twice as likely to report high or very high levels of psychological distress as those who had not used meth/amphetamines in the last 12 months (20.8% compared with 9.6%)
" recent users were also twice as likely as non-recent users to report being diagnosed or treated for a mental illness in the previous 12 months (25.6% compared with 11.7%)
" recent users of meth/amphetamines were less likely to be obese than non-users (14.6% and 21.8%, respectively)."
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2011. 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report. Drug statistics series no. 25. Cat. no. PHE 145. Canberra: AIHW, p. 132.