Daily use of marijuana among non-college young adults at all time high

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) announced that the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey results on substance use trends as teens transition to adulthood are now available online, comparing substance use patterns of full-time college students to their non-college peers. Most notably, more than 13 percent of young adults not in college report daily, or near daily, marijuana use; alcohol use is more common among college students; some opioid use is declining in both groups, and the most sizeable difference is the higher rate of cigarette smoking in the non-college group.

Below are the highlights from the 2017 MTF survey results on drug use among college students compared to their peers not attending college (ages 19-22).

  • Daily, or near daily,marijuana use among non-college young adults has continued to rise, reaching its highest level (13.2 percent).  As a result, daily, or near daily, marijuana use is now nearly three times as high among non-college young adults as among college students.

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Higher rate of substance use among Native American youth on reservations

A survey comparing drug use among Native American youth living on or near reservations to a national sample of American youth found that Native American youth report substantially higher use of alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, and other illicit drugs. The research from Colorado State University, published in JAMA Network Open, was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Using an anonymous online survey, the authors asked American Indian eighth, 10th, and 12th graders enrolled in schools on or near reservations to answer a set of questions about their use of illicit substances at any time during their life and during the past 30 days. The results were compared to responses from identical questions asked of approximately 50,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders surveyed in the NIDA-sponsored Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. The general MTF sample has only about 5 percent America Indian participation.

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