Decline in teenage drug use in the UK

June 01, 2000

Drug use has declined among teenagers in the United Kingdom [Letter]

Since 1995, drug use among UK teenagers has undergone significant decline, according to a letter in this week's BMJ.

Researchers at the Alcohol and Health Research Centre, City Hospital, Edinburgh questioned 15 and 16 year old students attending state and private schools across the UK. The results were compared to a similar survey conducted in 1995.

Girls showed a significant reduction in their use of illicit drugs. (33 per cent compared to almost 40 per cent in 1995). These included cannabis, solvents, amphetamines and ecstasy. Boys also showed similar declines (39.5 per cent compared to 45 per cent in 1995) including a significant fall in the use of crack cocaine. The only exception to this trend was heroin - although its use remains rare, say the authors, it had risen in both sexes.

There were some regional differences. For instance, students in Scotland were more likely to have used cannabis and amphetamines and, in Northern Ireland, students reported the greatest use of glues and solvents. Although these results may be temporary, they are striking, conclude the authors.
Contact: Martin Plant, director and Patrick Miller, Senior Research Fellow, Alcohol and Health Research Centre, City Hospital, Edinburgh EH10 5SB. Email:


Related Cannabis Articles from Brightsurf:

Cannabis to treat gynecological conditions
A significant number of women would consider using cannabis to treat gynecological conditions, primarily gynecological pain.

Cannabis data lacking, but machine learning could help
Everyone's heard of THC and CBD. But many other active compounds in cannabis interact to influence its effects.

Cannabis use for menopause symptom management
CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 28, 2020)--As legislation relaxes regarding cannabis, it is being used to manage numerous chronic health conditions and mood symptoms.

Prescribed CBD could help people quit cannabis
A benchmark clinical trial published today shows that cannabidiol (CBD) could be a safe and effective treatment for problematic cannabis use.

Pregnant women with depression are more than 3 times more likely to use cannabis
Cannabis use is much more common among pregnant women with depression and pregnant women with depression are more than 3 times more likely to use cannabis than those without depression.

Cannabis compound acts as an antibiotic 
Public health agencies worldwide have identified antibiotic resistance of disease-causing bacteria as one of humanity's most critical challenges.

Cannabis use during pregnancy
The large health care system Kaiser Permanente Northern California provides universal screening for prenatal cannabis use in women during pregnancy by self-report and urine toxicology testing.

Questions and answers about cannabis use during pregnancy
A new study shows that women have many medical questions about the use of cannabis both before and during pregnancy, and during the postpartum period while breastfeeding.

Managing cannabis use in breastfeeding women
As more states legalize medicinal and recreational cannabis use and increasingly decriminalize cannabis, the risk to the growth and development of breastfeeding infants whose mothers use cannabis becomes a growing public health concern.

Cannabis edibles present novel health risks
With the recent legalization of cannabis edibles in Canada, physicians and the public must be aware of the novel risks of cannabis edibles, argue authors in a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Read More: Cannabis News and Cannabis Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to