General Article Cannabis misuse

Topic Selected: Cannabis Book Volume: 399

the year ending December 1995, cannabis has consistently been the most-used drug in England and Wales. In the latest year, 7.8% of adults aged 16 to 59 years (around 2.6 million) reported using cannabis in the last year. This is a substantially greater proportion of individuals than the next most prevalent drug, powder cocaine at 2.6% (around 873,000). Cannabis was also the most common drug used by young adults, 18.7% of those aged 16 to 24 years old (around 1.2 million) had reported using the drug in the last year.

There was no change in the prevalence of cannabis use in the last year compared with the previous year. However, there has been a long-term decline compared with year ending December 1995 from 9.5% for adults aged 16 to 59 years and 26% for adults aged 16 to 24 years (see Figure 3).

More recently, cannabis use in the last year has seen small annual increases. Compared with the year ending March 2013, there has been a 1.5 percentage point increase among 16- to 59-year-old...

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