Trends - Illegal Drugs 1987-2008

A report in the series showing trends in young people's health related behaviour. The report provides factual information and over 30 easy-to-read charts and tables that are relevant to those concerned with the healthy development of young people.

Written using data derived from the Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire surveys, the report uses a sample of 629,328 young people between the ages of 10 and 15 from across the UK.

This report shows trends from 1987-2008 in data from young people that have reported their attitudes to and experience of illegal drugs.
The illegal drugs include:

* cannabis
* amphetamines
* solvents
* ecstasy
* hallucinogens: synthetic
* hallucinogens: natural
* heroin
* poppers
* barbiturates

There are trends data from:

* those who have been offered and taken at least one drug
* those who have been offered and taken cannabis
* those who have been offered and taken drugs other than cannabis
* those who have been taken amphetamines, solvents, ecstasy, and heroin
* those that personally know a drug user
* those that believe amphetamines are always unsafe
* ratio of believe that amphetamines, barbiturates, ecstasy and cannabis are always unsafe/safe
* taken more than one type of drug/drugs & alcohol on the same occasion
* who talks to Year 6 pupils about drugs?

The report is £10 (hardcopy includes p&p).


ORDER publications

  1. SHEU is an independent research, survey and publishing company and the 'Young People into ...' series of reports are based on the work of one of its divisions - The Schools Health Education Unit. The Unit provides reliable baseline data for local needs assessment to inform plans in health, education and care.
  2. The accumulated databank from the hundreds of school surveys we support each year, involving tens of thousands of young people, is a valuable resource of information and provides many opportunities for research. But we caution against simple reporting and interpretation of our figures as being from 'a national survey'.
  3. In 2014 we compared the profile of the schools in our data sets with what we can see in the country as a whole (see link), and we were pleasantly surprised by the similarity.  This confirms what we concluded in 2004 through a similar study: that the SHEU data sets are reasonably well-matched to the national population of schools.