Illicit drug use among youth

Changes in drug use over time
The Youth Smoking Survey (YSS) is one of the largest surveys of Canadian drug use. We examined changes in the prevalence of drug use uses four waves of the YSS between 2002 and 2008. In 2008, approximately 21% of youth in grades 7-9 reported drinking at least once a month in the past year, 26% reported previous tobacco

use, 17% reported trying cannabis, while 13% reported trying another substance, including glue, non-medical use of prescription drugs, hallucinogens, and amphetamines. Compared to 2006, the number of youth in grades 7-9 who reported ever trying glue decreased significantly in 2008, whereas those who reported ever trying MDMA and non-medical use of prescription drugs had increased. Males were significantly more likely to report use for most but not all substances across survey years.
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Changes in drug use over time
In 2010, Canada became the second largest consumer per capita of prescription opioids in the world; mortality due to these substances was observed to have doubled between 1991 and 2004 from 13.7 per million to 27.2 per million. 

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