Prevalence of Illicit Drug Use Among Youth in Germany, 2011

"In total 17.6% of 12-17 year old adolescents in Germany have been offered an illegal drug at some point, according to the findings of the DAS [Drug Affinity Study] 2011 (BZgA 2012a). The proportion of adolescents who have also tried an illegal drug at some point in their lives is significantly lower, at 7.2%. This means that less than half of those who have ever been offered drugs also accepted them. In total, 4.9% of adolescents between 12 and 17 years old had also used an illegal drug within the 12 month period prior to the survey (12-month prevalence), while less than half of them (2.0%) reported that this use was less than 30 days previously (30-day prevalence). Regular use of illegal drugs was seen in the case of approximately every hundredth adolescent. In total 0.9% of 12-17 year olds reported having taken an illegal drug more than ten times in the previous 12 months."


German Reference Centre for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (Deutsche Beobachtungsstelle fuer Drogen und Drogensucht (DBDD)), "2012 National Report to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: Germany: New Developments, Trends and In-Depth Information on Selected Issues - Drug Situation 2011/2012" (Munich, Germany: DBDD, Oct. 2012), p. 30.