Adolescent Substance Use: Risk and Protection. ESCAP, UNODC and UN (2003)

Adolescent Substance Use: Risk and Protection. ESCAP, UNODC and UN (2003) Drug use among youth has increased exponentially in South-East Asia, affecting younger and wider segments of society. Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), mainly amphetamines, methamphetamines and ecstasy, are the main problem drugs in the subregion and their use has increased dramatically in recent years. There has been a notable trend of increased ATS use among young people. Overall substance abuse among high school and college students in this region doubled between 1994 and 1998, and it appears to have doubled again in 1999 with ATS being the main substances responsible for the rise (UN ODCCP 2002).

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