Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association

Back to home pageGeneral information about CPHVAMembership information Contact CPHVA staffSearch CPHVA site for general informationHelp on navigating the siteLinks to other useful sitesEnter members' area

Health visiting information
School nursing information District nursing information Practice nursing information Countries-Scotland, Wales and Northern IrelandPublic health information Clinical effectiveness information Courses, grants and reportsCPHVA responses to government and other reportsCPHVA and non-CPHVA eventsPress releases and media relationsCPHVA campaignsSpecial Interest GroupsFrequently asked questionsIndex to site

Youth drug culture overstated

The nation's youth drug culture is not as bad as reports may suggest, according to a new study.

Research by Helpline 'FRANK', says that teenagers commonly overstate their personal drug habits, simply to impress their peers.

Those particularly guilty of exaggerating their experiences were said to be from the South East of England.

Boys were found to be twice as likely as girls to supply misleading information in order to impress their friends.

Speaking to the BBC, FRANK spokesman Darren Hall said the report should be seen in a positive light.

"It is encouraging that while young people may talk about drug-taking, they aren't necessarily experimenting with drugs themselves," he said.

"However, it's important to get the facts about drugs rather than relying on hearsay or urban myths.

"Drugs can be dangerous and taking them is not a fashion statement."

 (c) 1998-2004 DeHavilland Information Services plc. All rights reserved.