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Interior Ministry: use of marijuana has become a norm among youngsters in Latvia

Changes in habits related to the use of narcotics allow for the conclusion that smoking marijuana has not only become acceptable among youngsters, but has also contributed to the belief among them that smoking marijuana is no worse than smoking cigarettes or excessive drinking, as concluded by Latvian Interior Ministry, reports View Latvia portal.

Last week, the government listened to the ministry’s report on the introduction of measures to limit the use of narcotics and their distribution from 2011 to 2013.

It is mentioned in the report that indexes of trying narcotics for the firs time and more recent habitual use of illegal substances has reduced slightly among all residents and within specific groups. For example, results of different surveys carried out throughout 2007-2013 show that use of narcotics has declined among both Latvia’s total population and among all of Latvia’s schoolchildren.

A rapid increase in rates in recent use of narcotics among attendants of different entertainment venues can be explained with the popularity of marijuana. For example, rates of recent use of marijuana had increased from 24% in 2008 to 41% in 2012. At the same time, Interior Ministry notes that the number of attendants of entertainment venues who had used substances other than marijuana in recent times has reduced in comparison with 2008.

The decrease in narcotics use rates among Latvian residents can be explained with the spread of new psychoactive substances, especially among youngsters. In 2013, the so-called Spice group substances had been more popular than marijuana.

Source: View Latvia

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