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Fewer young people have decided to take drugs or drink alcohol – but why?

The annual report on school pupil’s drug and alcohol use shows that fewer young people have decided to take drugs or drink alcohol.  In addition, the Home Office’s analysis of drug use in the wider population shows a downward trend amongst young adults.

A positive picture is also emerging from early work on Warwickshire’s young person’s drug and alcohol needs assessment. (This will be published later this year)

Could the reductions in drug and alcohol use have links to increased parental supervision through mobile phone technology? Have social norms changed so that taking drugs is not seen as ‘the thing to do’?

In a thought provoking article ‘Mentor’, a charity that aims to protect young people from Alcohol and Drugs, offers potential explanations for this encouraging trend. See bit.ly/NcQmF4

About Paul Hooper, WCC (575 Articles)
Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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