The incidence of drug and solvent misuse among Southern English normal comprehensive schoolchildren

Authors: Diamond, I., Pritchard, C., Cox, M., Fielding, M., Choudry, N. and Bushnell, D.

Journal: Public Health

Volume: 102

Pages: 107-114

ISSN: 0033-3506

DOI: 10.1016/S0033-3506(88)80036-2


Two surveys were carried out in 1985 and 1986 among fourth and fifth year comprehensive schoolchildren to estimate the incidence of drug and solvent misuse. Around one-fifth of the children had used drugs at some time and over half of these had used drugs recently. There was a clear relationship between drug and solvent misuse and adverse social characteristics. Drug misuse was seen as a serious problem by almost all the respondents.

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