Drug use among children in the United Kingdom

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Statista dossier on drug use among children in the United Kingdom (UK)

This dossier presents a range of statistics and facts about drug use in the United Kingdom. Drug use is rising in the United Kingdom with nearly one in three adults admitting that they have tried drugs at least once. Women are also just as likely to have taken drugs as men are, and the peak age for men and women to try drugs is 19 years old.

Table of contents

  • 1. Frequency of drug use
    • Usual frequency of drug use by school children in England 2018, by gender

    • Frequency of drug use by school children in England 2018, by gender

    • School children taking drugs once a month in England 2018, by age and gender

    • School children taking drugs at least once a month in England 2003-2018

    • School children who took drugs in last month in England 2018, by age and gender

    • Share of children who have smoked, drank alcohol or taken drugs in England 2018

    • Children who have smoked, drank alcohol or taken drugs in England 2018, by age

  • 2. Class A drugs
    • School children who have taken Class A drugs in England 2001-2018, by gender

    • School children who have taken heroin in England 2001-2018, by gender

    • School children who have taken cocaine in England 2001-2018, by gender

    • School children who have taken crack in England 2001-2018, by gender

    • School children who have taken ecstasy in England 2001-18, by gender

    • School children who have taken LSD in England 2001-2018, by gender

    • School children who have taken magic mushrooms in England 2001-2018, by gender

    • School children who have taken methadone in England 2001-18, by gender

    • School children who have taken psychedelic drugs in England 2001-2018, by gender

    • School children who have taken psychedelics in England 2018, by age and gender

  • 3. Class B drugs
    • School children who have taken cannabis in England 2001-2018, by gender

    • School children who have taken amphetamines in England 2001-2018, by gender

    • School children who have taken opiates in England 2018, by age and gender

    • School children who have taken poppers in England 2001-2018, by gender

  • 4. Class C drugs
    • School children who have taken tranquilizers in England 2001-2018, by gender

    • School children who have taken stimulants in England 2018, by age and gender

    • School children who have taken stimulants in England 2001-2018, by gender

    • School children who have taken glue & aerosols in England 2001-2018, by gender

  • 5. Education on drug awareness
    • School children's awareness of individual drugs in England 2018

    • Sources of helpful information about drug use in England 2013, by age

    • School provision of lessons on smoking, alcohol and drug use in England 2018

    • Frequency of lessons about drugs in England 2018, by school year

    • School lessons on smoking, alcohol and drug use in England 2018, by school year

    • School information on smoking, alcohol and drug in England 2018, by school year

  • 6. Treatment for drug misuse
    • Drug related NHS hospital admissions in England 2017/18, by age

    • NHS hospital admissions for poisoning by drug misuse in England 2017/18, by age

    • England: number of individuals being treated for drug misuse 2014, by age & gender

    • Scotland: number of hospital stays for drug misuse 2016/17, by age

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