In Hackney and the City, 14% of 15 year olds say they have ever tried cannabis and 3% have tried other drugs. Just over half (52%) of those 15 year olds who report having ever tried cannabis say they have used it within the last month. 2 In 2011/12 and 2012/13, the rate of substance misuse-related hospital admissions in people aged 15-24 in City and Hackney was 54.7 per 100,000 population.

The three most common substances reported by young people receiving specialist drug and/or alcohol treatment in Hackney are cannabis, alcohol and nicotine. Almost all (96%) of these service users report using cannabis (Table 2). None of Hackney’s service users report injecting substances.

Table 2: Substances reported by young people in Hackney receiving specialist drug and/or alcohol treatment (only those above 5% shown) (2014/15).

Cannabis is the most commonly used drug amongst young people, alcohol is second followed by nicotine and ecstasy.
Source: National Drug Treatment Monitoring System Note: For these and subsequent data on substance misuse service use, any national figures quoted 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. “What About YOUth? survey,” Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2015
  2. “What About YOUth? survey,” Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2015