50 Percent of Tunisian Students Have Consumed Alcohol and Marijuana

A new study published by Assabah on Wednesday reveals the popularity of drugs in schools and educational institutions, showing that about 50 percent of students smoke marijuana and drink alcohol. Since the revolution, drug addiction rates in Tunisia have reportedly increased by 70 percent.

Surveys concluded that marijuana is the most used drug in Tunisia, followed by cocaine, and heroin. Subutex, originally a medication for the treatment of addiction to heroin and other drugs, has particularly gained popularity since being essentially introduced, illegally, to the Tunisian market after the revolution.

The study also showed that drugs are more popular among young people than any other age groups. Sixty percent of teenagers, aged between 13 and 18 years, use drugs, with a lower rate of 36.2 percent for those aged between 18 and 25 years.

It seems that men aren’t the only users either: about 50 percent of students in secondary...

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