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Justice Analytical Services Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report, July 2022 edition

This is a monthly data summary report with an overview of a number of important justice and safer communities statistics.

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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 and justice Survey, 2008-09 to 2018-20 (the latter 2018-19 and 2019-20 combined) . Last updated March 2021.

To have a more comparable measure since 2008-09, the figures in this chart exclude poppers, glues, solvents, gas or aerosol and prescription only painkillers not prescribed to the respondent.

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