The use of speed or amphetamines among teenagers, especially in rural areas, is widespread, reports Friday’s Telegraaf.
The number of requests for help from young people using speed or amphetamines rose three-fold in the last five years, according to figures from the healthcare information foundation IVZ. In 2006, experts dealt with over 1,200 cases, the paper says.
This makes it the fastest growing addiction problem among young people, the Telegraaf claims.
Meanwhile, in Rotterdam council leaders are calling for random drugs testing at the city’s schools.
The calls follow an experiment with a drug detection spray by tv programme Network. Trials at 12 Rotterdam schools turned up six positive results for cocaine and 10 for marijuana.
The government is currently looking into the idea of introducing the spray tests.
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