The full report on The Monitoring the Future Study has been released by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
The 663-page report is the 41st consecutive survey of 12th-grade students and the 25th such survey of 8th and 10th graders. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has funded the report since its inception in 1975.
This new volume based on the 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey presents results from the samples of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders looking at 40-year trends (1975-2015).
Since 1975 the MTF survey has measured drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. Survey participants report their drug use behaviors across three time periods: lifetime, past year, and past month. Overall, 44,892 students from 382 public and private schools participated in the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey. The survey is funded by the NIDA, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and conducted by the University of Michigan.
The new volume documents the magnitude and variety of substance use problems that presently remain among young people in the US. While the overall trends are encouraging, concerns remain around the high use of e-cigarettes among teens and the finding that past month marijuana use continues to exceed cigarette use among high school seniors.
For a copy of the report, please go to the Monitoring the Future website at www.monitoringthefuture.org.