What is the likelihood of using cannabis whilst at school?

Patrick McCrystal, Andrew Percy, Kareena McAloney

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Abstract

Background: The empirical evidence on drug use shows that the earlier drug use begins the greater the risk of the user becoming a regular user. This can then increase the likelihood of progression to regular use and associated behaviour.

Aims: To investigate the likelihood of school aged children and young people using cannabis before the age of 16 years.

Method: The data presented is taken from the first stage of the Belfast Youth Development Study when the study cohort were aged 11 to 16 years.

Results: The findings show the risk of children and young people using cannabis at least once by the age of 16 years.

Conclusions: Higher levels of risk are placing many school aged children and young people at risk to health and social problems associated with a drug using lifestyle at an early age.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the NIBPS 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Keywords

  • cannabis use
  • school
  • addiction risk
  • drug using lifestyle

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McCrystal, P., Percy, A., & McAloney, K. (2009). What is the likelihood of using cannabis whilst at school? In Proceedings of the NIBPS 2009