Earlier today the Home Office released some eye-catching stats on drug use. Since 1998 the number of 16-24yr olds self-reporting drug use has halved.
Interestingly all the articles I’ve seen on these stats have chosen to focus on the numbers using Nitrous Oxide – reported for the first time this year – with the overall fall in drug use buried down the story. This is not an accident. All newspapers (and even the BBC) systematically under report good news and will nearly always look for a negative angles.