Young people and drugs

Ben Jupp, Helen Perry and Kristen Lasky

This detailed study of young people's views on and experience of drug use finds that the stereotypes of drug users, on which many of Britain's drug policies are based, can be misleading.

Drawing on extensive original research with young people and new analysis of an attitudinal survey, the report records the views of problem users, recreational users and non-users on a broad spectrum of social and personal issues. It finds little difference between those for whom drug use is a dominating feature of daily life and those who regard it as just another leisure activity. But the report does note important differences between local areas which a successful national drugs policy will need to take into account and shows that there are moral and social resources within young people's cultures which could be mobilised to reduce drug misuse.

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