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Young People: Drugs

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department’s measures to tackle drug taking by young people. (295138)

Reducing the number of young people misusing drugs or alcohol is one of the Government’s national priorities and progress is measured through National Indicator 115 and through delivery of the commitments set out in the National Drug Strategy (2008).

Drug use among young people (11-15) has fallen significantly from 20 per cent. in 2001 to 15 per cent. in 2008. Drug use among 16 to 25-year-olds has also decreased significantly from 29.7 per cent. in 1996 to 22.6 per cent. in 2008/09. At the same time as these falls, there are a record number of treatment places available for those young people (under 18) who need them.