� 20,688 young people accessed specialist substance misuse services in 2011-12. This is a decrease of 1,267 individuals (5.8%) since 2010-11 and a decrease of 2,840 individuals (12.1%) since 2009-10 � The most common routes into specialist substance misuse services were from youth offending teams (34%) and mainstream education (15%) � Of the 20,688 young people accessing specialist substance misuse services in 2011-12, the majority were white British (82%). Almost two thirds were male (64%). Just over half (53%) were aged 16 or over. � The majority of young people accessing specialist services did so with problems for cannabis (64%) or alcohol (29%) as their primary substance � 80 % of young people accessing specialist services stated they were living with their family or other relatives. 7 % stated they had an accommodation status of either living in care or living independently as a looked after child � Of those entering services in 2011-12 almost half (49%) were in mainstream education. 20 % stated they were not in education or employment. � The majority of those entering specialist substance misuse services did so reporting multipl
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