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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






NIDA. Teen substance use shows promising decline. Retrieved January 10, 2017, from


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