Overview of Prevalence of Drug Use in Scotland

"• There has been a statistically significant decline in self-reported illicit drug use between the SCJS 2008/09 and 2014/15 across all three reporting time periods (in the last month, in the last year, and ever). The percentage of adults reporting taking one or more illicit drugs in the last year decreased from 7.6% to 6.0% of adults between 2008/09 and 2014/15.

"• Reported drug use has fallen for both females and males between 2008/09 and 2014/15, with a decrease in reported illicit drug use in the last year from 11.1% in
comparison to 8.9% amongst men, and a decrease from 4.3% to 3.4% amongst women.

"• In 2014/15, 2.6% of adults reported use of Class A drugs, 5.2% reported use of Class B drugs and 0.5% reported use of Class C drugs in the last year. There has been a statistically significant decline in reported use in the last year of Class A (-0.9 percentage points), Class B (-1.2 percentage points) and Class C (-0.8 percentage points) drugs between 2008/09 and 2014/15. There has also been a statistically significant decline in the use of Class C drugs between the SCJS 2012/13 and 2014/15 (-0.5 percentage points).

"• Looking at drug use by composite group, 2.8% of adults reported use of stimulants, 0.5% reported use of downers/tranquilisers, 0.5% reported use of psychedelics and 0.2% reported use of opiates in the last year.

"• There has also been a statistically significant decline in reported use in the last year of composite groups stimulants (-1.1 percentage points) and downers/tranquilisers (-0.7 percentage points) between 2008/09 and 2014/15.

"• As in the SCJS 2012/13, cannabis is the most commonly used drug with 5.0% of adults reporting use in the last year, however this has fallen from 6.2% in the 2008/09 survey."

Source: 

Laura Robertson, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. 2014/15 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: Drug Use. Scottish Government Social Research. 2016.
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