Drug use among Ontario students at historic lows but new concerns over fentanyl emerge
- ALCOHOL: from 66 per cent to 42.5 per cent
- CANNABIS: from 28 per cent to 19 per cent
- TOBACCO CIGARETTES: from 28.4 per cent to 7 per cent
- DRINKING AND DRIVING: from 14 per cent to 4.2 per cent
“Fentanyl is a very dangerous opioid, and any proportion of students using this hazardous drug is alarming,” said Dr. Hamilton.
Cannabis remains the most commonly used illicit drug among Ontario students, as 19 per cent of students in grades 7-12 report past year use (about 172,200 students). Prevalence of cannabis use does not differ between males and females, and use increases up to about 37 per cent among 12th graders.
Just under two-thirds of students (62 per cent) said they do not intend to use cannabis when it is legalized for adults. Eight per cent said they would try cannabis when it becomes legal. Of those consuming cannabis now, 4 per cent said they intend to use it more often when it becomes legal.
Use of electronic cigarettes continues to surpass tobacco cigarettes
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)