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%)."