Prevalence of Past-Month Use of Various Drugs in England and Wales, 2014-2015

"• Around 4.7 per cent of adults aged 16 to 59 said they had taken an illicit drug in the last month. This equates to around 1.5 million people and is a significantly lower percentage than those observed a decade ago in the 2004/05 survey and when CSEW measurements began in 1996 (both 6.7%) (Tables 1.03 and 1.04).
"• The proportion of young adults aged 16 to 24 followed a similar pattern, although the proportion was 10.2 per cent, around double that of the wider age group. This equates to around 642,000 people aged 16 to 24 having taken a drug in the last month prior to interview. The 2014/15 survey proportion represents a significant fall compared with 16.4 per cent in the 2004/05 survey and 19.2 per cent in the 1996 survey (Tables 1.07 and 1.08).
"• 1.4 per cent of adults aged 16 to 59 and 3.2 per cent of young adults aged 16 to 24 had taken a Class A drug in the last month. These proportions are similar to those last observed in the 2011/12 survey and have not changed significantly compared with the 1996 survey.
"• Among adults aged 16 to 59, the drugs most commonly taken in the last month were cannabis (3.7%), powder cocaine (0.9%) and ecstasy (0.7%). Among adults aged 16 to 24, the drugs most commonly taken in the last month were cannabis (8.4%), ecstasy (2.1%) and powder cocaine (1.7%)."

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"Drug Misuse: Findings from the 2014/15 Crime Survey for England and Wales" (London, England: Home Office Statistics Unit, July 2015), p. 6.
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