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Substance abuse still higher among men - survey

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 2:25 PM

A recent survey has shown that the use of substances, including alcohol, tobacco and ganja, continues to be significantly higher among males than females in Jamaica.

The survey was conducted by the National Council for Drug Abuse (NCDA) to determine the prevalence and patterns of substance use among the ages 12-65 of the population.

The data, collected from April to July from 4,623 persons residing in households across Jamaica, found that five per cent of females currently use ganja compared to 27 per cent of males.

Additionally, 16 per cent of the respondents currently use ganja, while 28 per cent reported that they have used ganja at some point in their lifetime.

The survey further found that more than 70 per cent of the population has easy access to ganja.

Meanwhile, Research Analyst at the NCDA, Uki Atkinson, told a recent JIS Think Tank that four in 10 persons reported that they currently use alcohol, which remains the drug that is most widely used within the population.