The Cost of Drug Use in Adolescence: Young People, Money and Substance Abuse.

Patrick McCrystal, Andrew Percy, Kathryn Higgins

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It is now common for young people in full-time compulsory education to hold part-time jobs. However, whilst the 1990s experienced a rise in illicit drug use particularly among young people and an increase in the level of interest for identifying factors associated with drug use, little attention has been paid to the influence of the money young people have to spend and its potential links with drug use. Four thousand five hundred and twenty-four young people living in Northern Ireland completed a questionnaire in school year 10 (aged 13/14 years). The findings suggested there was a positive association between the amount of money (and its source) young people received and higher rates of drug use. The study concludes that money, and how it is spent by young people, may be an important factor for consideration when investigating drug use during adolescence. The findings may help inform drug prevention strategies particularly through advice on money management, and taking responsibility for their own money.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalDrugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)


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