Prevalence of Drug Use in Portugal

Basic Data

Prevalence and Trends

"In the study conducted in 2012 in the Portuguese General Population (15-64), cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine were the illicit substances preferably used by the Portuguese with lifetime prevalence (at least one use experience) respectively of 9.4%, 1.3% and 1.2%. Between 2007 and 2012, in the set of the Portuguese population was verified for almost all drugs a decrease in lifetime prevalence (of any illicit drug from 12% to 9.5%) and recent use (of any illicit drug from 3.7% to 2.7%) as well as decrease in continuity rates of use (of any illicit drug from 31% to 28%). In general, the young adult population (15-34 years) presented lifetime prevalence, recent and continuity rates of use higher than the general prevalence. Near of 0.7% the 15-64 years population and 1.2% of the young adult population resident in Portugal present symptoms of cannabis dependence, corresponding to about a quarter of cannabis users in the last 12 months. The analysis by gender showed lifetime prevalence and recent use are higher men, for all drugs, although some consumption in the female group increased between 2007 and 2012, contrarily to the general pattern of evolution."


General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), "2014 National Report (2013 data) to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: PORTUGAL: New Development, Trends" (Lisbon, Portugal: 2014), p. 6.