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Does cannabis lead to taking other drugs?
Does cannabis lead to taking other drugs?
This is the so-called 'escalation' hypothesis, or 'gateway theory'.
 
Does drug education stop drug use?
Does drug education stop drug use?
In the past many people hoped that drug education would prevent young people from ever using drugs...
 
Does treatment work?
Does treatment work?
There are many types drug treatment in the UK...
 
How are the UK’s drug laws enforced?
How are the UK’s drug laws enforced?
There are a number of UK legislative controls to restrict the supply and use of drugs in the UK. The following agencies are responsible for enforcing them.
 
How effective are media campaigns?
How effective are media campaigns?
Trying to determine the impact of media campaigns on attitudes to particular issues is not easy.
 
How many drug crimes are committed?
How many drug crimes are committed?
In 2011/12, there were just short of 230,000 recorded drug offences committed in the UK.
 
How many drugs are seized by customs?
How many drugs are seized by customs?
Every year the UK Border Force intercept hundreds of shipments or people bringing illicit drugs into the country.
 
How many people are addicted?
How many people are addicted?
Addiction or problematic use is a difficult concept to measure
 
How many people die from drugs?
How many people die from drugs?
The straight answer is that we do not know exactly how many drug-related deaths there are in the UK.
 
How many people use drugs?
How many people use drugs?
Drugs are used by many different people and in many situations. Here is what the national and local surveys have found:
 

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