Drug misuse among teenagers has decreased
- By: Siân Knight
A recent report published by Exeter University has suggested that drug use in teenagers has started to decline for the first time in 12 years. The report's figures were collected using a questionnaire sent out to 40 299 pupils, aged 9 to 15 years, across England. This questionnaire is part of a continuing study into the health of primary and secondary school children in the United Kingdom, which has been running since 1980 but until 1987 featured no questions on knowledge, attitude, or behaviour with regard to drug use.
The health questionnaire is administered to pupils by teachers during classroom time, which means that the response rate is 100%. Over half a million pupils have completed the questionnaire since the study began. This year's report states that the percentage of young people that have tried an illegal drug peaked in 1995-6 and has stabilised, or possibly even come down, since