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NOVA SCOTIA STUDENT DRUG USE SURVEY

 
In March, 1996 the Department of Health, Dalhousie University (Halifax) and the department of Education and Culture conducted a student drug use survey based on a random sample of 3,790 students in Grades 7, 9, 10 and 12.
Results of the study, Nova Scotia Student Drug Use 1996 were released in January, 1997.

*    36.8 per cent reported no drug use
*    about one in five students use cannabis, alcohol and tobacco, an increase of 1.8 since 1991
 

ALCOHOL
*    alcohol use has remained relatively stable since 1991
*    54.2 per cent drank alcohol at least once during the year before the survey, 30.3 per cent drank more than once a month and 13.2 per cent drank at least once a week
*    59.6 per cent of students who drank alcohol reported drinking five or more drinks at one sitting, on at least one occasion in a four-week period
 
 

CANNABIS
 *    about 12 per cent use cannabis more than once a month, almost three times more than in 1991
*    19.6 per cent used cannabis in the month before the survey
*    one in three, nearly doubled since 1991, adolescent students report using cannabis
*    students with a less than 60 per cent average in school are almost twice as likely to use cannabis as those with a higher average
 

OTHER DRUGS
*    use of alcohol, inhalants, prescribed tranquilizers, cocaine, crack, heroin and prescribed and non-prescribed barbiturates, has remained relatively stable
*    2.1 per cent used heroin at least once in the year before the survey
*    less than 2 per cent reported the medical or non-medical use of barbiturates
*    among the students who used drugs, 3.5 per cent reported injection drug use
*    of the 60 students who reported injecting either heroin, cocaine, speed, LSD or anabolic steroids in the year before the survey, 11 shared needles or syringes
 
 



 
 
 
NOVA SCOTIA STUDENT DRUG USE 1996 
Drug use among students in Grades 7, 9, 10, & 12 
 
Alcohol Cannabis      LSD Non-Med. 
   use of 
stimulants
Psilocybin 
mescaline
 Crack / 
Cocaine
Anabolic 
Steroids
   PCP
      %        %       %       %
 
      %       %       %
Overall    54.2    32.1    12.4      8.9       8.3      3.6      2.8      2.6
Western    50.0    27.4       9.3      8.0       5.9      3.8      2.3      2.2
Central    53.7    33.8    14.6      7.9       8.9      3.7      3.3      3.5
Northern    55.3    33.4    13.0    11.1       8.9      3.3      1.9      2.2
Eastern    56.8    32.2    11.1      9.5       9.2      3.4      2.9      1.9