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One-third of secondary school students have tried marijuana

SLOVAK secondary school students are tempted to try marijuana with almost one-third of the respondents in the latest nationwide survey conducted among students conceding that they have already smoked the drug. The most frequent use is recorded in the 15-24 age group.

(Source: SITA/David Zalubowski)

“The young lack worthwhile free time activities,” said Eleonora Kastelová of the Drug National Monitoring Centre at a press conference in Bratislava on June 4, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “Marijuana is the most popular drug in Slovakia.”

Meanwhile, marijuana is not completely unfamiliar even to primary school pupils - more than 2 percent of the respondents aged 11-14 have smoked it.

The survey was conducted on a sample of more than 4,900 secondary school students aged between 15-19 and more than 5,400 primary school students aged 11-14.

Nevertheless, the use of marijuana in Slovakia has stabilised, and is not growing in the manner that it did before 2010, according to Kastelová.

In comparison to other EU countries Slovakia ranks somewhere in the middle in terms of marijuana use, according to the latest European Report on Drugs presented by Lucas Wiessing of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

“In 2014, cannabis was used by approximately 15 million young people in the EU aged 15-34, which amounts to about 12 percent,” Wiessing said, as quoted by TASR.

He added that the use of the drug is growing in Scandinavian countries, France and Bulgaria, whereas its popularity is declining in Germany, Spain and the UK.


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