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Introduction

Substance misuse in young people should be considered in the context of 'normal' adolescent risk-taking and experimentation: 65% of young people (aged under 18) will experiment with illegal drugs; 96% of this experimentation is with cannabis and only 4% go on to regular abuse and long-term problems. Polydrug use is common as part of the 'club scene' in older adolescents, so a variety of substances - legal and illegal - are used on a sporadic basis.

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