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Drug Misuse Declared

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Drug Misuse Declared

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Drug Misuse Declared

  1. 1. Drug Misuse by Young Adults in 2010 - 11 Drug Misuse Declared, the findings from the 2010-11 British Crime Survey
  2. 2. Attitudes to drug taking <ul><li>The views of 16 to 19 year olds </li></ul>
  3. 3. Key Messages <ul><li>Most 16 to 19 year olds don’t think it is ever okay to take cannabis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two in three (67%) say it is never okay to take cannabis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(30 to 34 year olds were the most likely to condone cannabis use). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The overwhelming majority of 16 to 19 year olds disapprove of cocaine use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nine out of ten (93%) say it is never okay to take cocaine </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Do young people 16 – 19 years old think it is okay to take cannabis?
  5. 5. Is it okay to take cocaine?
  6. 6. Lifetime use
  7. 7. Key messages <ul><li>Over 2.6 million young adults (40%) have used an illicit drug at some point in their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>However the trend in lifetime use by young people has been falling: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8% fewer young adults have taken illegal drugs than in 1996 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5% fewer lifetime cannabis users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5% fewer lifetime Class A drug users </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The exception has been in the use of cocaine which has risen by 5.5% since 1996 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Trends in lifetime use of drugs by 16 to 24 year olds between 1996 and 2010/11
  9. 9. Trend in Lifetime use of Cocaine by 16 – 24 year olds 5.5% increase in cocaine use by young adults since 1996
  10. 10. Last Year
  11. 11. <ul><li>An estimated 1.35 million young people (20%) used illicit drugs in the last year </li></ul><ul><li>However, the trend is downwards: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9.3% fall in proportion of young adults using drugs in last year since ‘96. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8.9% fall in use of cannabis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For young adults aged 16 to 24, the level of mephedrone use (4.4%) was similar to powder cocaine (4.4%), the second most taken drug within this age group </li></ul><ul><li>Full time students were no more likely to take drugs than their peers </li></ul>
  12. 12. Trends in use of drugs in the last year by 16 to 24 year olds between 1996 and 2010/11
  13. 13. Proportion of 16 to 24 year olds reporting use of drugs (by type) in the last year
  14. 14. Last year’s use of recently classified drugs by young adults Of those who used mephedrone in the last year, 91 per cent had taken at least one other illicit drug in the last year
  15. 15. Last Month
  16. 16. Key Messages <ul><li>Over 700,000 young adults (11%) took an illicit drug in the last month </li></ul><ul><li>However, the trend in use is downward </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8.3% fewer young people used an illicit drug than in 1996 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7.1% fewer young people used cannabis than in 1996 </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Trends in use of drugs in the last month by 16 to 24 year olds between 1996 and 2010/11

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