Italian youth taking more drugs

Marijuana the preferred substance among 15-19 year olds

Italian youth taking more drugs

Rome, July 24 - Drug use in Italy is dropping with the exception Italian youth, a report by the country's anti-drug department said on Wednesday. So far in 2013, marijuana use was up 2.29% compared to 2012, the report said. The survey of 34,385 students aged 15-19 years said that 21.43% of those polled had smoked marijuana one or more times in the last 12 months, up from 19.4% in 2012. Cocaine use was also up to 2.01% compared to 1.86% in 2012, heroin up to 0.33% (0.32% in 2012), as well as the consumption of stimulants such as methamphetamine, registered at 1.33% (1.12% in 2012) and hallucinogens use up to 2.08% from 1.72% in 2012. The number of Internet sites that sell or promote the use of marijuana have reached 800,000 compared to the 2008 number of about 200,000.

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