Monitoring the Future
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2023 Press Releases
Teen drug use remains below pre-pandemic levels. Reported use for almost all substances decreased dramatically between 2020 and 2021, after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and related changes like school closures and social distancing. In 2022, most reported substance use among adolescents held steady at these lowered levels, and these latest data show that this trend has continued this year. In 2023, 10.9% of eighth graders, 19.8% of 10th graders, and 31.2% of 12th graders reported any illicit drug use in the past year.
Marijuana and hallucinogen use, binge drinking, reach historic highs among adults 35-50. Adults aged 35 to 50 continued a long-term upward trajectory in past-year use of marijuana and hallucinogens to reach all-time highs in 2022, according to the Monitoring the Future Panel Study, an annual survey of substance use behaviors and attitudes of adults 19-to-60 years old. Marijuana use and vaping were at their highest historic levels among younger adults aged 19 to 30 in 2022, with reports of past-year marijuana and hallucinogen use as well as marijuana and nicotine vaping significantly increased in the past five years.