2009 - 2011 Illicit Drug Use Indicator Report

Key Findings

  • In 2009-2011, 12% (±2) of Halton residents and 12% (±1) of Ontario residents aged 15 and over reported illicit drug use in the past 12 months.
  • In 2009-2011, 10% (±2) of Halton residents and 10% (±1) of Ontario residents aged 15 and over reported using ‘cannabis only’ in the past 12 months indicating that cannabis is currently the illicit drug of choice for Halton and Ontario residents.
  • The numbers for illicit drugs used by Halton residents, other than cannabis, were too small to report.

Sex

  • In 2009-2011, Halton males aged 15 and older [21% (±6)] were significantly more likely than Halton females [8% (±3)] to report illicit drug use in the past 12 months.
  • In 2009-2011, the percent of Halton males aged 15 and older using only cannabis in the past 12 months was 15% (±5) compared to 8% (±3) for females. These differences were not statistically significant.

Age Group

  • In 2009-2011, 32% (±9) of Halton youth (aged 15 to 24), 10% (±3) of Halton adults aged 25-44 and 8% (±4) of adults aged 45-64 reported illicit drug use in the past 12 months. These differences were statistically significant when comparing youth aged 15 to 24 to adults aged 25-64.
  • In 2009-2011, the 15-24 age group also had significantly higher rates of ‘cannabis only’ use in the past 12 months [27% (±8)] compared to the 25-44 age group [9% (±3)] and the 45-64 age group [5% (±3)].

Municipality

  • In 2009-2011, residents aged 15 and over in Halton Hills [21% (±8)] had higher rates of illicit drug use in the past 12 months than residents in the other municipalities. The differences were statistically significant when comparing Halton Hills with Milton [7% (±4)].
  • In 2009-2011, the percent of residents aged 15 and over who reported ‘cannabis only’ use in the past 12 months did not vary significantly by municipality.

Income

  • In 2009-2011, the percent of residents aged 15 and over who reported illicit drug use in the past 12 months or cannabis only use in the past 12 months did not vary significantly by income.