Number of young people using drugs soars by 50 per cent since lockdown ended

THE number of young people using drugs has shot up by 50 per cent since lockdown ended.

Figures show that a third of those aged 16 到 25, about 2.6million, admitted taking an illegal 药品 在过去的一年.

The number of young people using drugs has soared by 50 per cent since lockdown ended

The number of young people using drugs has soared by 50 per cent since lockdown ended信用: 盖蒂

That was up from 22 per cent in 2021.

Class A drug use was up from 11 到 17 per cent and the number taking drugs once a week rose from 16 到 23 百分.

And those addicted to drugs nearly trebled from five to 14 百分.
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 去年.

It was the ninth consecutive annual rise, 根据国家统计局.