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A fifth of young adults take drugs


3 December 2014

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Illegal drugs were taken by 18.9% of 16-24 year olds in 2013/2014 according to the latest figures.

The Statistics on Drug Misuse, England 2014 report published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), showed an increase of 2.7% since 2012/2013.

One in 8.8% of adults between 16-59 years reported taking illicit drugs in 2014, an increase of 0.7% on the previous year.

Illegal drugs were taken by 18.9% of 16-24 year olds in 2013/2014 according to the latest figures.

The Statistics on Drug Misuse, England 2014 report published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), showed an increase of 2.7% since 2012/2013.

One in 8.8% of adults between 16-59 years reported taking illicit drugs in 2014, an increase of 0.7% on the previous year.

The report provides a summary of previously published statistics4covering prevalence, trends, patterns and health outcomes related to drug misuse and showcases the increased risk of habitual drug use for those living in poorer communities.

HSCIC Chair Kingsley Manning said:“Today’s report gives insight into the misuse of drugs in society, and shines a light on the prevalence of drug use among different age groups.

“Reporting changes in rates of drug-related hospital admissions and misuse of drugs in adults provides valuable information for primary and secondary healthcare services, policy makers and drug rehabilitation professionals.”

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