Prevalence of Cannabis Use Among Young People in the European Union

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"The most prevalent illicit drug in all ESPAD countries is cannabis. On average, 16 % of the students have used cannabis at least once in their lifetime (Table 7a). The country with the highest prevalence of cannabis use was the Czech Republic (37 %). High prevalence rates (30% or more) were also reported in France, Liechtenstein and Monaco. The lowest levels of cannabis use (4-7%) were reported in Albania, Cyprus, the Faroes, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Moldova, Norway and Sweden. On average, boys reported cannabis use to a larger extent than girls (19 % versus 14 %). This was the case in nearly all countries except the Czech Republic, the Faroes, Hungary, Iceland, Malta, Slovenia and Sweden, where rates were about the same for boys and girls. The largest gender differences (10 percentage points or more, higher rates among boys) were found in Albania, Georgia and Liechtenstein."


The ESPAD Group. ESPAD Report 2015: Results from the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs. (2016). European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. Page 39. PDF ISBN 978-92-9168-919-4 doi: 10.2810/86718

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