Smoking and Drinking Declining among Teens, but Marijuana Use at Peak High
|December 20, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Drug and Alcohol, Research, Youth Development||
The latest findings from the Monitoring the Future study (funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse, and administered through the University of Michigan), indicate that smoking and alcohol use is down among teens while marijuana use has increased for the fourth consecutive year.
Recently released data from 2011 national survey show,
- a nearly 13 percent decrease in teen smoking between 2010 and 2011; although the use of smokeless tobacco among 8, 10 and 12 graders also declined in the same time period, the drop in use was not significant.
- 22 percent of high school seniors reported using a prescription drug in a medically unsupervised manner at least once – ever, while 15 percent reported doing so within the past year. This trend has remained stable over the past 4 years.
- Marijuana use among teens in grades 8 through 12 increased again in 2011 with the researchers reporting that daily use of the drug is now at a 30-year high among 12th graders (approximately 1 out of 15 seniors use marijuana almost on a daily basis).
- Alcohol use by teenagers reached historically low levels in 2011 with 13 percent of 8th graders, 27 percent of 10th graders and 40 percent of 12th graders using alcohol in the past 30 days.
These and other findings are to be published in the upcoming report: Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2012). Monitoring the Future national results on adolescent drug use: Overview of key findings, 2011. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan.