Ecuador: survey reports average age of beginning drug use age 14

Posted on August 22, 2013 • Filed under: Drug Activity, Ecuador, Social Issues

The dreams that many families in Ecuador have for their 14-year-old children are being turned into nightmares by drugs.

That’s the average age young people start using drugs in Ecuador, according to the Fourth National Drug Survey by the National Council for the Control of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (CONSEP), which in 2012 interviewed 30,000 students between the ages of 12 and 17 and was published in February 2013.

Marijuana is the most widely used drug among young people, as 15% of respondents said it was easy to acquire and 7% said they had received an offer to buy or try it at some point during the 30 days prior to the survey. Regarding cocaine, the figures came in at 7% and 2%, respectively. Read Article

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