General Article Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): drug use report 2018

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Findings on drug use from the 2018 wave of the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS).

Introduction

This report presents the drug use findings from the 2018 wave of the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS). The research was commissioned by the Scottish Government and carried out by Ipsos MORI Scotland.

Survey background and purpose

SALSUS is a continuation of a long established series of national surveys on smoking, drinking and drug use. These were carried out jointly in Scotland and England between

1982 and 2000, to provide a national picture of young people's smoking (from 1982), drinking (from 1990), and drug use (from 1998) behaviours within the context of other

lifestyle, health and social factors. Since 2002, Scotland has developed its own, more tailored survey, known as SALSUS.

About the survey

SALSUS is a self-completion survey administered by teachers in a mixed ability class, under exam conditions. In 201...

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