Druglink article 2010 – Dealing with it by Sam Hart

For most young people who develop drug problems, substance misuse is a symptom, rather than a cause, of a troubled life.

Most young people don’t use illegal drugs at all. The majority of those that do steer clear of harder drugs, using mostly cannabis and alcohol. Although the number of young people accessing specialist drug services has risen to 25,000 a year, only a small minority of under-25s are classified as problem drug users.

Dealing with it (PDF)