Epidemiological studies of illegal drug use in adolescents have examined frequency of drug use ; a few have examined diagnoses or symptoms of drug abuse or dependence.
This study examined problem use of illegal drugs, about which very little is known.
Adolescents (879 boys and 929 girls), mean age of 15.7 years, representative of the province of Québec, Canada, were asked about problem use of alcohol and illegal drugs.
Almost one third had used illegal drugs more than 5 times.
Of this group, more than 70% reported going to school high on drugs, and the majority reported playing sports while high and using drugs in the morning.
In these drug users, 94% of the boys and 85% of the girls reported at least 1 problem and two thirds of the boys and more than half of the girls reported 3 or more problems from illegal drugs.
Marijuana was used by almost all subjects at the time of maximal drug use ; hallucinogens were the second most commonly used drug.
Alcohol was used more frequently than illegal drugs, but problem use was less common.
Problem drug use is the norm among the large minority who use illegal drugs more than a few times, and drug use is commonly incorporated into 2 major routine activities of teenagers-school and sports.
Mots-clés Pascal : Consommation, Boisson alcoolisée, Drogue illicite, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Santé mentale, Sexe, Québec, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Adolescent, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Consumption, Alcoholic beverage, Illicit drug, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Mental health, Sex, Quebec, Canada, North America, America, Adolescent, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0370531
Code Inist : 002B18C05D. Création : 14/12/1999.