2010/11 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: Drug use

  • Published: Scottish Government Social Research (2012)
  • Authors: Scottish Government
  • Date Added: 22 Dec 2013
  • Last Update: 22 Dec 2013
  • Format: pdf


To identify the extent of self-reported illicit drug use ever, in the last year and in the last month and examine the experience of first drug use and drug use in the last month by adults aged 16 or over.


  • The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey is a large-scale continuous survey measuring people’s experience and perceptions of crime in Scotland, based on approximately 13,000 in-home, face-to-face interviews conducted with adults (aged 16 or over) living in private households in Scotland.

Key Findings

  • 23.7% of adults in Scotland had taken one or more illicit drugs at some point in their lives.

  • 3.5% of adults had used one or more illicit drugs in the last month.


Crime, drugs


Scottish survey