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HBSC France Publishes: Trends report on alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use

In France, the levels of legal and illegal drug use in adolescence, as well as recent trends in such use, have been assessed over the last fifteen years or so through a group of representative surveys of the general population. By focusing on adolescents aged 11 to 15, the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey reveals specific information about key trends in early drug use and provides an image of the spread of use throughout the early adolescent years. Conducted at the age when use begins, the HBSC survey examines the context of initiation and provides perspective on the circumstances under which drug use becomes “established” in the life of certain young people.

In which school years is cannabis first use observed? Is the spread of the use of different substances homogeneous and linear throughout the college years? Is it possible to identify time periods during college in which substance initiation or use accelerates? This issue of Tendances (trends) presents the main results from the French data collected as part of HBSC's 2009/10 international survey. It provides an overview of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use during different school years by examining changes in the use of these substances from 2006 to 2010 for students aged 11, 13 and 15 years. These results are then examined within the context of the recent measures adopted to reduce drug use in minors and suggest areas for consideration in future prevention strategies.

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contact: Mr Joe Hancock

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[05-02-2014 to 19-03-2014]


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