The statistics are based on self reported data from the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales. Full details are available on the Home Office website.
The key findings are:
- An estimated 8.9% of adults aged 16 to 59 (around three million) had used an illicit drug in the last year, similar to the 8.8% from the 2010/11 survey.
- Around 3.0% of adults (around one million people) had used a Class A drug in the last year, the same level as the 2010/11 survey.
- As in previous years, cannabis was the most commonly used type of drug in the last year (6.9% of adults, around 2.3 million people) followed by powder cocaine (2.2%, around 0.7 million).
- Around 1.1% of adults used mephedrone in the last year, down from 1.4% in the 2010/11 survey.
- Drug use remains more prevalent among 16 to 24 year olds than older adults.
- 3.3% of adults aged 16 to 59 were defined as frequent drug users (having taken any illicit drug more than once a month on average in the last year). This is similar to the level recorded in the 2009/10 survey, the last time the question was asked.
- Frequent drug use among young people aged 16 to 24 is more than twice as high (7.0%) as for adults overall.
- Men continue to report higher levels of drug use than women; this has been the case since the 1996 survey.
- Levels of drug use increased with increasing frequency of alcohol consumption or visits to nightclubs or pubs.
Warwickshire DAAT is currently working on a revised drugs and alcohol needs assessment. These statistics will help us to further develop our understanding of the trends in drug use.
Worried about drugs? Visit our website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/drugs for advice and information about local support services.