The UNICEF’s office in Ukraine presented results of a recent research, led by a local NGO. According to these results, the report shows ‘a small but stable decrease in use of harmful substances over the last few years’. Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF’s representative in Ukraine, said this in Kyiv on Tuesday.
The survey says that in 2015, 83.4 percent of the interviewed teenagers drank alcohol at least once. More than a half of the respondents smoked at least once, while 12.2 percent said they smoked every day. Another 11.3 percent of the respondents said they used drugs; marijuana proved to be the most popular drug among the teenagers.
The 2015 index of alcohol and drug use among the teenagers proved to be the lowest if compared with the indexes of previous years. The UNICEF researches in Ukraine took place in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.
The 2015 survey was conducted in 449 education establishments in all regions but the occupied Crimea and the non-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The respondents were students of the 9th, 10th and 11th grades, first and second year students of technical schools, and students of universities of the first and second accreditation degrees, totally 6,674 people.