A report released by Government this morning [Apr.19] provides statistics about the use of drugs and alcohol by local school students.
The survey was a collaborative effort between the Department for National Drug Control and the Department of Education. The target population comprised all students in grade levels M2 through S4 (10-18 years), attending public, private, and home schools on the Island.
In total 3,182 students (53% females, 46% males) completed the self-administered questionnaire. Majority of respondents were Black (62.7%), and English was the primary language spoken (95.9%).
The report said, “Overall, 76% (2,418) of all survey respondents have reported use of at least one drug in their lifetime. Students recorded the highest lifetime prevalence-of-use for energy drinks (65.5%), alcohol (54.9%), marijuana (21.2%), inhalants (12.1%), and cigarettes (10.7%).
“Other lifetime prevalence ranges from a low of 0.4% for heroin to a high of 3.9% for cannabis resin. Current alcohol use for all survey respondents ranges from a low of 3% among M2 students to a high of 41% among S4 students.
“Current use of marijuana ranges from a low of 1.3% among M3 students to a high of 14.4% among S4 students; while for cigarettes, current use ranges from a 2low of 0.3% for M2 students to a high of 5.5% for S4 students.
“Gender differences were apparent as males were more likely to use cigarettes and marijuana for both lifetime (11.1% and 23.5%) and current (2.5% and 10%) use periods; while alcohol and inhalant use were more prevalent among females for both lifetime (57.3% and 13.1%) and current (19.8% and 2.8%) use periods.
“The majority (1,266) of lifetime users of alcohol, approximately 3 out of every 4, have reported recent use of alcohol (use in the past 12 months).
“Current users of alcohol reported that they most often drink at “other social events” (6.9%), “a friend’s house” (4.7%), or at “home” (3%). Almost half (294) of the current users of alcohol have reported that they usually get it from “friends” (9.2% of all survey respondents).
“While for lifetime users of marijuana, 14.6% reported using marijuana in the past 12 months, with 6 out of every 10 indicated they usually get it from friends. The majority of current marijuana users reported that they most often use it “at a friend’s house” (2.6%), “at home” (1.8%), or at “the corner/block” (1.3%).
The full 169-page report is below [PDF here] click ‘Fullscreen’ for greater clarity:
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