Decrease in Drug Control Funding and Increase in Lifetime Prevalence in Sweden

"During the 1990s there has been reduced funding in this field [drugs] and at the same time there has been an increase in the availability of drugs with a corresponding increase in lifetime prevalence of drug use among young people. However, the annual school survey in grade 9 made during the spring showed a decrease in use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco. This decrease was the first in more than a decade.
"There are indications that the number of problematic abusers has increased in this period and also that the social services are less informed about their whereabouts and conditions than they used to be. There are also fewer specialised agencies involved."


Swedish National Institute of Public Health & Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs, "National Report: Sweden 2002" (Lisboa, Portugal: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, 2003), p. 7.