Hackney and the City have relatively high rates of reported use of cannabis among a sample of 15 year olds (14% ever using), compared with Hackney’s statistical peers and the rest of London and England. A relatively high proportion also say they have used cannabis specifically in the past month (Figure 54).

Cannabis use is also more commonly reported as a substance used by young people receiving specialist drug and/or alcohol treatment services in Hackney – reported by 96% in 2014/15, compared with 88% across England as a whole.C  2

Cannabis use among young people receiving specialist drug and/or alcohol treatment has remained stable between 2013 and 2015, both locally and nationally.

Figure 54 Trying cannabis with breakdown by time of most recent use in 15 year olds (2015)

Source: What About YOUth? survey, HSCIC, 2015

Hackney and the City have a relatively low rate of substance misuse related hospital admissions in 15-24 year olds – lower than the national average and many of Hackney’s statistical peers (Figure 55).

Figure 55: Substance misuse-related hospital admissions in 15-24 year olds (pooled data 2011/12-2013/14)

urce: Public Health England Public Health Profiles Tool

 

While the proportion of substance misuse-related hospital admissions is rising both in London and nationally, the rate has plateaued in Hackney and the City. The local rate is now significantly better (i.e. lower) than across England (Figure 56).

Figure 56: Substance misuse related hospital admission in 15-24 year olds (2008/09-2010/11 to 2011/12-2013/14)

Source: Public Health England Public Health Profiles Tool

It is worth noting here a couple of differences in the demographic profile of young substance misuse service users in Hackney compared with England D. A lower proportion of those receiving treatment in Hackney are girls (17%) than the national average (35%). Also, service clients in Hackney tend to be older than nationally – 40% are 17 years old compared to 26% nationally.

 

Notes

  1. For these and subsequent data on substance misuse service use, national figures relate to the final quarter of 2014/15, whereas Hackney figures relate to the whole year (2014/15) so numbers are not so low as to be identifiable
  2. For these data, national figures relate to the final quarter of 2014/15, whereas Hackney figures relate to the whole year (2014/15) so numbers are not so low as to be identifiable.
  3. For these and subsequent data on substance misuse service use, national figures relate to the final quarter of 2014/15, whereas Hackney figures relate to the whole year (2014/15) so numbers are not so low as to be identifiable
  4. For these data, national figures relate to the final quarter of 2014/15, whereas Hackney figures relate to the whole year (2014/15) so numbers are not so low as to be identifiable.

References

  1. National Drug Treatment Monitoring System, “Statistics – public and restricted access”.
  2. National Drug Treatment Monitoring System, “Statistics – public and restricted access”.