According to the 2015 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS
), 24% (20.2%, 28.3%
) of Simcoe Muskoka students (grades 7-12) reported using cannabis in the past year, which was not significantly different from the overall provincial average of 21% (19.2%, 23.6%
). Cannabis use among Ontario students declined significantly between 2003 and 2015, dropping by nearly 10%.
Male and female students are equally likely to report using cannabis in the past year; however, youth cannabis use increases significantly after grade 10 in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario as a whole.
Among Simcoe Muskoka secondary school students, youth cannabis use increased significantly with higher levels of self-reported socioeconomic status (SES). Simcoe Muskoka secondary school students with the highest self-reported SES reported significantly higher cannabis use when compared with high SES students for the province as a whole.