Cannabis use and drug related problems among adolescents in 27 European countries: The utility of the prevention paradox
2014 (English)In: Nordisk Alkohol- og narkotikatidsskrift (NAT), ISSN 1455-0725, E-ISSN 1458-6126, Vol. 31, no 4, 359-370 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
AIMS - To study the prevalence of cannabis use and drug-related problems among European adolescents and the utility of the prevention paradox. METHODS - Survey data from the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) in 2007 in the 27 countries with information about drug use and drug-related problems was used. We analysed the proportion of all drug-related problems that occurred in a high risk group and among others who had used cannabis in the previous 12 months. The cut-off for the high risk group was chosen to include 10-15% of the most frequent cannabis users. RESULTS - The high risk groups accounted for a substantial, but a minority, of drug-related problems among boys as well as girls. A minority of those who had used cannabis reported any drug-related problem. The proportion of adolescents with drug-related problems and the average number of problems increased with frequency of cannabis use. CONCLUSIONS - We find support for policy measures of more general character, supported by the prevention paradox. However, this does not exclude a policy supporting frequent drug users if they can be identified
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 31, no 4, 359-370 p.
drugs, drug-related problems, youth, prevention, ESPAD, drug policy
Sociology Substance Abuse
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-109289DOI: 10.2478/nsad-2014-0028ISI: 000343301800004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-109289DiVA: diva2:764439