This annual publication contains headline figures from a survey of over 9,000 secondary schoolchildren aged 11-15 in England in the autumn term of 2005, focusing on monitoring prevalence of smoking, drinking and drug use. The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) carried out the survey on behalf of the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre and Home Office. This is the most recent survey in a series that began in 1982. A more detailed report will be published in August 2006.
Each survey since 1998 has included a core section of questions on smoking drinking and drug use and, since 2000, the remainder of the questionnaire has focused in alternate years on smoking and drinking or on drug use. The emphasis of the 2005 survey is on drug taking.