Sweden

Statistics and other data regarding drugs and drug policies in Sweden, covering all areas including public safety/criminal justice, public health, prevention, treatment, and harm reduction.

Unemployment, Social Exclusion, and Drug Use in Sweden

(Unemployment, Social Exclusion, and Drug Use in Sweden) "The Swedish unemployment rates were rather low during the 1970s and the 1980s. During the first half of the 1990s unemployment rates reached relatively high levels, especially among youths (16- 24 years). In the late half of the 1990s the figures have decreased, but the unemployment rates 1998 was still four-folded compared to 1989. One possible reason for increases in drug use among younger people, apart from an increased supply, is problems connected to social exclusion and high levels of youth unemployment.

Lifetime Prevalence of Drug Use Among Youth in Sweden

(Lifetime Prevalence of Drug Use Among Youth in Sweden) "The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN) conducts annual national studies of the alcohol and drug use of school-age children. Since 1971, they have conducted school-based teacher-monitored surveys among a nationally representative sample of 9th grade elementary school students 15-16 years old. Since 2004, studies have also been carried out in the second year of upper-secondary school (11th grade) among students aged 17-18.

Age of First Drug Use in Sweden

(Age of First Drug Use in Sweden) "According to CAN’s 2012 school population survey (Centralförbundet för alkohol- och narkotikaupplysning, 2013), very few students used drugs before the age of 14; 2% of the boys and 1% of the girls. The percentage of students who reported drug use before the age of 14 has been stable over the last 20 years.

Failure of Enforcement During 1990s

(Failure of Enforcement During 1990s) "Indicators such as seizures (amounts as well as number of seizures), prices on the street and anecdotal data from users unanimous tell the same story: supply is more generous and prices lower than ever. The variety of drugs has also expanded during the 90s and now follows what happens in the rest of the EU."

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