Sleep: Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Journal of Adolescent Health's editorial article, The Role of Sleep on the Pathway to Substance Abuse in Teens, published in February 2017, if his Department will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings that sleep disorders precede and are predictive of future adolescent substance abuse.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government has no current plans to carry out such an assessment. The National Institute for Health Research is funding research projects that examine drug and alcohol use in young adults and teenagers but none of these are looking at the relationship with sleep disorders.

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