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Mapping Drug Use

I’ve come across IBM’s Many Eyes site (via the Guardian’s Datablog) which allows users to create visualisations from data in interesting ways, and I’ve been playing around with it.

tellusFirst up is some data from the DCSF website which looks at substance misuse by young people last year taken from the returns from the Tellus3 survey.

If you click on the pictures you should be taken to the site and be able to see the maps in more detail.

espadNext is a picture of the findings from the European School Survey published a few days ago, and for this one I’ve chosen cigarette use in the last 30 days.  However if you go to the site you’ll be able to see a range of data from that survey in map form.

Finally I’ve done something similar with the NTA’s data (as taken off the Guardian’s site) about young people accessing drug treatment.

nta(I have to say though that I’m not sure whether it’s a valid way of showing this data and if you have a view then feel free to drop me a comment.)

This picture shows the differences between regions in terms of the percentage of young people accessing  alcohol services.

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