Introduction: The study is focused on potential predictors of the use of legal addictive substances by children and youth.
Methods: The survey sample consists of 5370 elementary and secondary school pupils aged 9 to 20. In quantitative research (author’s questionnaire), legal and illegal addictive substances were examined, while more detailed analysis in the context of leisure time was focused on the use of legal addictive substances. Data were analyzed by factor and regression analysis.
Conclusions: The main results include the finding that the protective factors of drug use include reading books, attending school, attending extra curriculum activities, talking to parents, attending church and risk factors include going to discos/entertainment, part-time working and going out with friends.