Justice Analytical Services Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: May 2022 edition

This report provides, in a single place, a concise but comprehensive overview of a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It covers many different topics including crime, policing, community safety, courts and prisons.

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Summary statistics on drugs

The proportion of adults reporting use of comparable illicit drugs has risen. Results from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) show that in 2018-20, 9.7% of respondents reported taking one or more of these drugs in the 12 months prior to interview. This has increased from 7.6% in 2008-09 and 7.4% in 2017-18. The drugs listed in the survey questionnaire are the same for both 2017-18 and 2018-20, enabling a direct comparison. There was an increase from 9.5% in 2017-18 to 13.5% in 2018-20 for overall self-reported drug use in the 12 months prior to interview.

Percentage of adults reporting use of comparable illicit drugs in the 12 months prior to interview, as reported in the Scottish Crime & justice Survey, 2008-09 to 2018-20 (the latter 2018-19 and 2019-20 combined) . Last updated March 2021.

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