Le nombre de jeunes consommateurs de drogues augmente de 50 % depuis la fin du confinement

THE number of young people using drugs has shot up by 50 % depuis la fin du confinement.

Figures show that a third of those aged 16 à 25, about 2.6million, admitted taking an illegal drogue l'année dernière.

The number of young people using drugs has soared by 50 % depuis la fin du confinement

The number of young people using drugs has soared by 50 % depuis la fin du confinementCrédit: Getty

That was up from 22 per cent in 2021.

Class A drug use was up from 11 à 17 per cent and the number taking drugs once a week rose from 16 à 23 pour cent.

And those addicted to drugs nearly trebled from five to 14 pour cent.
Charity The Mix polled 2,000 young people.

Deputy chief executive Zoe Bailie said: “The spike we have seen is extremely worrying and also preventable.”

Figures show drug- related deaths in England and Wales hit a record high of 4,859 l'année dernière.

It was the ninth consecutive annual rise, according to the Office for National Statistics.