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Young People: Drugs

Volume 486: debated on Monday 19 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the percentage of people under the age of 25 years who used Class A drugs in 2007-08. (247481)

I have been asked to reply.

There are two primary sources of statistics on the use of illicit drugs by young people: the British Crime Survey (which covers England and Wales) and the Drug use, Smoking and Drinking Survey among young people in England.

According to the 2007-08 British Crime Survey 7 per cent. of young people aged 16-24 reported using a class A drug in the last year.

Latest figures from the 2007 Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Survey show that 4 per cent. of pupils aged 11-15 years reported using class A drugs in the past year.