Well the obvious statement of Drugs are bad….we are all aware of this through basic schooling and parenting. But what do our kids actually get taught in class?? I am interested as can rarely remember my own education at school. So I looked at the Scottish Government website so that I can see their structure is, and stumbled over A National Statistics publication for Scotland. This showed that in 2015, 42% of 15 year olds and 19% of 13 year olds had been offered drugs. This is an increase of 5% for both age groups since 2013. There is also an increase in a proportion who say they would find it relatively easy to obtain drugs if they wanted to. Although between 2013-2015 drug use prevalence has remained stable, with a small increase as mentioned in a previous blog of 15yr old boys.
Use of new psychoactive substances (legal highs) was low (hooray). 5% of 15yr olds reporting using the substances and 2% reporting use of legal highs in the last month.
In 2015 80% of 15yr olds and 95% of 13yr olds were not regukar users of any substances. This shows a vast majority.
Note, Figures obtained produced in report in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics