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Charting the Trends: 2016 Sees Welcome Lows

According to newly released data from Monitoring the Future:

 

  • Marijuana use in the past month among 8th graders dropped significantly in 2016 to 5.4%, from 6.5% in 2015

  • Daily marijuana use among 8th graders dropped in 2016 to 0.7% from 1.1% in 2015
  • The proportion of 8th graders who binge drank in the past two weeks was 3%
  • E-cigarette use also declined from 2015 rates among 8th graders: 6% reported past month use in 2016 compared to 8% in 2015


Both annual and monthly prevalence of alcohol use for 8th graders are at historic lows over the life of the study.


Among high school seniors, 22.5% report past month marijuana use and 6% report daily use; both of these measures remained relatively stable from 2015.


Read the full press release here.

 

See Monitoring the Future publications at http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/pubs.html

 

 

 

 


 

NIDA. Teen substance use shows promising decline. Retrieved January 10, 2017, from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2016/12/teen-substance-use-shows-promising-decline

 

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