CAN report: School students’ drug habits 2020December 14, 2020
About 4 out of 10 ninth graders have drunk alcohol in the last twelve months. During the 2000s, the use of alcohol has decreased among students in grade nine. This is stated in the annual report School students’ drug habits.
The proportion who made their debut with alcohol, snus, cigarettes or cannabis before the age of 14 has dropped dramatically from 63 to 18% during the 2000s.
The report shows that it is more common to use drugs among students living in big cities.
Ever since the measurements started in 1971, the gender differences for drug experience have been relatively small. Since 2015, however, the boys have been at a slightly higher level. In this year’s survey, the difference between boys and girls was significant.
“Of the ninth-graders in the whole country, 9% of the boys and 6% of the girls answered that they had ever used drugs. The most common type of drug to have used is cannabis,” says Ulf Guttormsson, who is a department manager at CAN and editor of the report.
For two years, the use of non-prescribed benzodiazepines, opioids and stimulants, i.e. drug-classified drugs, has been measured.
“The total proportion who have ever used drug-classified drugs without a doctor’s prescription this year is 8 per cent. If these are added to those who have used drugs, the proportion with drug experience will almost double,” says Ulf Guttormsson.