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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monitoring The Future College Marijuana Use

It probably comes as no surprise that when views about marijuana become more tolerant, a higher rate of young adults engage in marijuana use. In fact, new research indicates that daily marijuana use is at the highest rate among college students since 1981, according to the national Monitoring The Future study.

In 2013, almost 36 percent of college students said they used marijuana in the past year, compared with 30 percent in 2006. Researchers found that 5.1 percent of college students used marijuana daily or almost daily, up from 3.5 percent in 2007. Overall, 39 percent of college students used illicit drugs in 2013, compared to 34 percent in 2006.

The Monitoring The Future findings come from a nationally representative sample of about 1,100 college students. The study also tracks substance abuse among high school students and older adults. While the increase of marijuana use may be alarming, it is worth pointing out that drug and alcohol use among American teens continues to decline, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

The rate of current illicit drug use among teens ages 12 to 17 was 8.8 percent in 2013, compared with 9.5 percent in 2012, and 11.6 percent in 2002. 

“This is the highest rate of daily use observed among college students since 1981 – a third of a century ago,” Lloyd Johnston, the principal investigator of the Monitoring The Future study, said in a news release. “In other words, one in every 20 college students was smoking pot on a daily or near-daily basis in 2013, including one in every 11 males and one in every 34 females. To put this into a longer-term perspective, from 1990 to 1994, fewer than one in 50 college students used marijuana that frequently.”

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