2007 Student Drug Use Survey shows decrease in substance use (07/11/20)

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Nov. 20, 2007

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 2007 Student Drug Use Survey indicates drug and alcohol use by youths in New Brunswick was down almost across the board compared to the 2002 study.

The 2007 study was released today to coincide with Addiction Awareness Week. The report, which can be found online, was released simultaneously in the three other Atlantic provinces.

"In the Charter for Change, our government made a commitment to develop a new provincial addictions strategy and to place a particular focus on addiction prevention and treatment for youth," Health Minister Michael Murphy said. "I'm pleased to see substance use dropping among young people, and I'm confident clinicians and other health professionals can use the information contained in this survey to develop even more effective strategies to prevent or address substance abuse by New Brunswick youth."

The 2007 survey involved responses from 6,237 randomly selected New Brunswick students in grades 7, 9, 10 and 12. Previous surveys conducted in 1998 and 2002 involved fewer than 4,000 students.

The 2007 survey indicates that drug and substance use among New Brunswick students is generally lower than among students in the other Atlantic provinces.

The findings showed:

Information was collected from students about risk behaviours associated with drug and substance use. There was a significant decrease in risk behaviours associated with drinking and driving as well as engaging in unplanned sex compared to the 2002 survey. Gambling behaviours and issues related to mental health symptoms were also surveyed.


MEDIA CONTACT: Johanne LeBlanc, communications, Health, 506-457-3513.