Illegal Drug Use Among Thai Youth
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ABAC Poll Research Center. ABAC Assumption University (ABAC).

Subject; The report estimates the number of children and youth drug use nationwide. Case studies, age 12-24 both in and out of education.

Methodology;

1)   17 provinces are included in the survey.

2)   12,253,191 people are being surveyed including both children and youth who are in school and out of school.

3)    15th August 2011 – September 2011.

The sample showed that 51.1 percent is males and 48.9 percent is female. 32.2 percent aged between 12-15 years, 39.5 percent aged between 16-20 years and 28.3 percent aged between 21-24 years. 1.7 percent did not attend school at all, 78.5 percent is still studying and 19.8 percent are college graduated now.

Table 1 shows the percentage of smoking, drinking alcohol and cocktail in the last 3 months.

Rank. Cigarettes, drinking alcoholic and cocktail. Percentage. Average age started smoking/drinking. Earliest time starting smoking/drinking.
1. Smoking. 20.7. 15 years. 5 years.
2. Alcohol. 35.0. 16 years. 4 years.
3. Beer 35.8. 16 years. 4 years.
4. Juice mixed with alcohol. 24.2. 16 years. 4 years.

Table 2 The estimated number of children and young people using drugs throughout the country by the category of drug in the last 3 months.

Rank. Category Total (Persons). Average age (years). Age at first use (years).
1 Drugs (excluding alcohol and tobacco). 1,715,447.    
2. Marijuana 894 483. 17 years.  
3 Amphetamine 649 419. 17 years. 7 years.
4 Drug ice. 563 647. 16 years.  
5 Sleep / relaxation therapy. 453 368. 17 years.  
6 Hut 428 862. 17 years.  
7 Volatile. 343 089. 15 years.  
8 E drugs/ecstasy/pills love. 171 545. 16 years.  
9 Cocaine 110 279.    
10 Heroine 98,026.    
11 Opium 85,772.    

Table 3 shows the results of statistical analysis and research on the causes of behavior problems. That lead to drug abuse.

Rank. Behavior/problems in children and young people. Increase in chance of
smoking/drinking alcohol.
Increase in chance of
using drugs.
1 Smoking.   5 times.
2. Drinking.   7 times.
3 The problem of learning / education. 2 times. 1 times.
4 Financial problems. 2 times. 2 times.
5 Family problems. 2 times. 2 times.
6 Problems with girlfriend / lover. 3 times. 3 times.
7 Personal health issues. 2 times. 2 times.
8 Problems with friends. 2 times. 2 times.
9 Problem with work. 2 times. 2 times.

Table 4 shows the percentage of opinions on what the government and adults in society should do.

Rank. Issues. Percent
1 Should increase the area of ​​promoting good quality of life of Thai youth. 90.5.
2. The economic reform. 83.6.
3 The social reform. 83.3.
4 Eliminate the risk of damaging the quality of life, for example entertainment and gambling. 82.6.
5 The political reform. 73.0.
6 Freedom of opinion. 71.4.
7 Want to see all political parties are working in harmony. 68.4.
8 Want to see all Politicians as a good example in term of working for the best benefit for all. 68.1.
9 Looking for a strong democracy. 66.9.
10 Do not want to see the use of violence to solve problems. 64.5.
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