Cannabis use rises 50pc among teenagers

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2 October 2006, MADRID — The consumption of cannabis has risen by 50 percent, according to new figures published on Tuesday.

2 October 2006

MADRID — The consumption of cannabis has risen by 50 percent, according to new figures published on Tuesday.

The health minister, Elena Salgado, said more than 29,000 teenagers aged between 14-18 smoke cannabis every day.

Another 6,000 take cocaine on a daily basis.

Salgado said the government was launching a campaign against drug use among teenagers which has shown an "extraordinary" rise between 1995 and 2003.

Cannabis is still the most popular drug amongst the young in Spain.

The number of users has gone up 50 percent in the last decade.

Ten percent of 14-year-olds and 36 percent of 18-year-olds have taken cannabis in the past month, said Salgado.

Cocaine use has quadrupled in the past ten years. Now about 7.2 percent of teenagers regularly take cocaine.

This means about 164,000 teenagers have taken the drug at some point over the past year, while 830,000 have taken cannabis.

After Britain, Spain has shown the highest rise in cocaine use in Europe.

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Subject: Spanish news

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