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Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): Drug Use Report 2015

Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateOctober 25, 2016


A National Statistics Publication for ScotlandNational Statistics logo

ISBN 978 1 78652 529 1 (Web only publication)
PPDAS 80904

This document is also available in pdf format (3.4 MB)


An erratum was published on 11 November 2016 in section 4 Attitudes to drug use.

Text has been updated to read: Among 15 year olds, the acceptability of trying cannabis has increased since 2013 (when 18% thought it was "ok").

The pdf and html have both been updated within the document to reflect this change.


Executive Summary


1 Introduction and background

Survey background
Survey purpose
Policy background
Changes to the questionnaire

2 Prevalence and key trends

Summary of key changes over time
Drug use prevalence
Type of drugs used
Alcohol use and drugs
Polydrug use
Effects of drug use
Location of drug use
What pupils did with their drugs (used, sold, given away)
Would like to stop taking drugs
Need help due to drug use

3 Availability of drugs

Ever been offered drugs
Types of drugs ever offered
Source of drugs
Ease of obtaining drugs

4 Attitudes to drug use

Views on the acceptability of trying cannabis, cocaine and sniffing glue
Perceptions of the risks of drug use
Attitudes to drug taking

5 Drugs education and support

Where pupils would go for drugs information
Drugs education
School advice and support
Amount learned in school about drugs
Confidence in health and wellbeing choices

6 Risk and protective factors

Friends and leisure activities

Appendix A: Changes to the 2015 drug questions

Appendix B: Base Tables

Appendix C: Drugs categorised as NPS

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