Marijuana use is rising; Ecstasy use is beginning to rise.
This is what has been concluded in the recent survey conducted by the University of Michigan, and sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The result of this year’s Monitoring the Future survey revealed that the proportion of 8th graders who reported using marijuana daily increased from 1 percent to 1.2 percent between 2009 and 2010.
The study has been participated by 46,000 8th, 10th, and 12th graders from nearly 400 secondary public and private schools. The survey further disclosed that the rate of marijuana use among 10th graders rose from 2.8 percent to 3.3 percent, and 5.1 percent to 6.1 percent among high school seniors.
“Though this upward shift is not yet very large, its duration and pervasiveness leave no doubt in our minds that it is real. Perhaps the most troublesome part of it is that daily use of marijuana increased significantly in all three grades in 2010.” said Lloyd Johnston, the principal investigator of the study.
It is said that one possible explanation for the increased use of marijuana in recent years among US adolescents is that only a few from the population has reported seeing much danger associated with its use, even with regular use.
The survey has also documented an alarming increase in the use of Ecstasy with 2.4 percent of eighth-graders, and 4.7 percent of 10th-graders saying they had used it in the past year. It can be recalled that Ecstasy has reached its peak in 2001 and fell sharply over the next four years. Sadly, it made a swift comeback in the year 2010 based on the figure provided by the Monitoring the Future survey.
On a lighter note, the survey revealed some decline in other drug use such as:
- Between 2009 and 2010, the annual prevalence rates of cocaine dropped by 0.5 and 0.4 percentage points.
- The 2010 annual prevalence rates for cocaine are 1.6%, 2.2%, and 2.9% in the three grades—far lower than they were in the mid-1980s or even the mid-1990s.
- Among 8th graders, annual prevalence of Amphetamines peaked at 7.2% in 1998 and then declined to 4.2% by 2007.
- Among 10th graders Amphetamine use peaked at 11.7% in 2001 and then declined to 6.4% by 2008.
- Among 12th graders, Amphetamine use peaked at 11.1% in 2002 and declined to 6.6% in 2009.