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Monitoring the Future Releases 2015 Findings

The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future national survey of substance use among students in U.S. middle schools and high schools has released results from 2015.

Overall, for 8th graders, use of alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, and a number of other illicit drugs remained steady or declined slightly since the last survey in 2014. Overall trends for all students indicated that both alcohol and cigarette use in this most recent survey were at their lowest points since the study began back in 1975. E-cigarette use has surpassed cigarette use among 8th graders and rates grew slightly from 2014.

Here are some statistics for 8th graders assessed in 2015:

In the past month:

- 9.7% used alcohol

- 9.5% used e-cigarettes

- 6.5% used marijuana

- 3.6% smoked cigarettes

- 3.1% have been drunk

- 2.0% used inhalants

For a full list of results from 2015, see the full report.

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