Last Year Prevalence of Illegal Drug Use in England and Wales Among People Aged 16 to 59

"The 2016/17 CSEW shows that around 1 in 12 (8.5%) adults aged 16 to 59 had taken a drug in the last year, which equates to around 2.8 million people.

"The trend in the proportion of 16 to 59 year olds taking a drug in the last year has been relatively flat since the 2009/10 survey, with the estimates remaining between eight and nine per cent each year. However, the 2016/17 estimate is statistically significantly lower than any survey estimates prior to the 2009/10 CSEW. For example, the 2006/07 CSEW shows that 10 years ago last year drug use was 10.1 per cent among 16 to 59 year olds. The reduction compared with the 2006/07 survey year is largely accounted for by falls in cannabis and to a lesser extent amphetamine use. For further details see Appendix Tables 1.02 and 1.04.

"According to the 2016/17 CSEW, three per cent of adults aged 16 to 59 had taken a Class A drug in the last year, equivalent to just under one million people. Class A drug use has fallen statistically significantly compared with the 2006/07 survey year (3.4%), but it has remained unchanged from the 2015/16 survey estimate (3.0%). The reduction in Class A drug use compared with 2006/07 is largely accounted for by a fall in use of ecstasy and magic mushrooms."

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Drug Misuse: Findings from the 2016/17 Crime Survey for England and Wales. Statistical Bulletin 11/17. National Statistics. Home Office. July 2017.
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