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Cent Eur J Public Health. 2017;25(Supplement 1):S47-S50.
DOI: 10.21101/cejph.a5096. PubMed PMID: 28752748

Trends in Lifetime Cannabis Use among Czech School-aged Children from 2002 to 2014

Ladislav Kážmér1,2, Ladislav Csémy1, Ingrid Ružbarská3, Jan Pavelka4, Zdeněk Hamřík5, Michal Kalman4

1Centre of Epidemiological and Clinical Research of Drug Abuse and Dependence, National Institute of Mental Health, Klecany, Czech Republic
2Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
3Faculty of Education, University of Presov in Presov, Presov, Slovakia
4Institute of Active Lifestyle, Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic
5Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Objectives: The aim of the study was to examine trends in the prevalence of lifetime cannabis use among the Czech 15-year old students. Methods: Data from the nationally representative Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey, conducted in the Czech Republic in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, were used. Trends in cannabis use among both boys and girls were modelled through binary logistic regression with period as a predictor of the lifetime cannabis use. Results: The prevalence of lifetime cannabis use has significantly decreased among young Czechs, particularly among boys. Gender differences in cannabis use have been also gradually decreasing since 2002, with no significant differences between genders in recent period. Conclusions: Although there are positive changes in the prevalence of adolescent cannabis use, from the European perspective, Czech students still belong to those with significantly higher rates in this respect. Thus, alongside with the use of other substances, adolescent cannabis consumption remains an important challenge for the national public health policy.

Keywords: cannabis, adolescents, prevalence, trends

Address for correspondence: L. Csémy, National Institute of Mental Health, Topolová 748, 250 67 Klecany, Czech Republic. E-mail: csemy@nudz.cz

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