Survey reveals continued trend of decline in illicit drug use by adolescents – Newsletter

Survey reveals continued trend of decline in illicit drug use by adolescents – Newsletter – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

Results from the Monitoring the Future Survey of eighth, 10th, and 12th grade students in the United States showed declines in the use of marijuana, some club drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol from 2001 to 2002, according to HHS. This year’s study surveyed more than 43,000 students in 394 schools across the country about lifetime use, past year use, past month use, and daily use of drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Marijuana use during the past year was at its lowest rate since 1995 among 10th graders and at its lowest rate since 1994 among eighth graders. Rates of LSD use were the lowest in the history of the survey among students in all three grades. Cigarette smoking continued the trend of significant decline in all groups that began after 1996. Steroid use remained stable from 2001 to 2002, and the only significant increases in drug use were crack use by 10th graders and the use of sedatives by 12th graders. The survey also studied the abuse of prescription pain relievers for the first time and found that nonmedical use of Oxycontin and Vicodin was reported in 4.0 percent and 9.6 percent of 12th graders, respectively. The Monitoring the Future Survey, conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health, has monitored the illicit drug use and attitudes toward drugs of 12th graders since 1975, and of eighth and 10th graders since 1991. For more findings from the report, go online to www.nida.nih.gov, and click on Monitoring the Future Study, 2002.

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