One in four students has done drugs
One in four Faroese high school students has tried illegal drugs at least once.
This figure comes from a new survey conducted among students at the upper secondary schools (miðnám) in Tórshavn, Klaksvík and Kambsdalur.
The survey revealed a significant difference between the younger and older age groups.
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“Only about 5 percent of the younger students reported having done drugs, while for those aged above 20, the percentage reached 43,” says Terji á Lakjuni, a teacher at the Kambsdalur school, who conducted the survey together with colleague Christian Joensen.
The survey results reinforce the commonly held belief that there is a strong correlation between mental health and drug use.
“Those who said they had not done drugs also reported having above average mental health and vice versa,” says Lakjuni.
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Students were also asked whether they had been offered drugs.
About 56 percent answered yes to this question.
“Here we also saw a big difference in the age groups, with far more of the older students reporting having been offered drugs.”
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