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What substances do Ontario high school students report using?

12/11/2013 12:08 EST | Updated 02/10/2014 05:59 EST
TORONTO - The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey asked students in Grades 7 through 12 to report their substance use in the past year. More than 10,000 students from across the province participated in this year's study. Here is what the survey found:

49.5 per cent used alcohol

39.7 per cent used high-caffeine energy drinks

23 per cent used marijuana

19.8 per cent binge drank, defined as consuming five or more drinks in one sitting

12.4 per cent used opioid painkillers without a prescription

9.7 per cent used over-the-counter cough or cold medication to get high

9.7 per cent used a hookah

8.5 per cent smoked cigarettes

5.7 per cent used smokeless (chewing) tobacco

3.4 per cent used inhalants such as glue and solvents

2.6 per cent used salvia divinorum, a hallucinogen

1.6 per cent used OxyContin or its replacement OxyNeo

1.4 per cent used medication for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder

9.7 per cent of drivers got behind the wheel within an hour of using marijuana

4 per cent of drivers got behind the wheel after having two or more drinks of alcohol

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Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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