Mads Uffe Pedersen

One in four Danish boys has smoked cannabis

Two recent studies suggest that Danish teenagers smoke more cannabis than previously thought and start at an earlier age, The Local reports.

A study released last week from Aarhus University’s Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research showed that some 17,000 Danes between the ages of 15 and 25 smoke cannabis at least 20 days per month. Previously, the Danish Health and Medicine Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) presumed that the number was just 11,000.

The study also showed that 43 percent of Danish youths have tried cannabis and that one in ten has smoked it within the past month.

“Cannabis abuse is a bigger problem than previously assumed,” Mads Uffe Pedersen, a professor at the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, told Kristeligt Dagblad.

Just days after those results were released, new figures from the Danish National Institute of Public Health (Statens Institut for Folkesundhed) showed that nearly one in four 15-year-old Danish boys has smoked cannabis.

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