OAS and UN published new study on illegal drugs use among teenagers in South America.
Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
The Organization of American States OAS (CICAD) and the United Nations UNODC reported on the subject at the Fifty-third Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria. This new study on drug abuse among youth in South America showed that marihuana is the most frequently used illegal drug among the population sample used.
On average, almost 11 percent of students in the countries where the study was conducted have tried it at least once, varying between four percent in Peru and almost 23 percent in Chile.
The most worrisome fact is the early age at which this substance is being consumed, given that 42 percent of consumers has experimented for the first time before the age of 15.
The study also said that cocaine showed an average use of 2.2 percent, varying between 1.4 percent in Peru and 3.5 percent in Uruguay.
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