Monitoring the Future data released

Good news. Here are the highlights:

The drugs most responsible for this year’s modest decline in illicit drug use are marijuana and various stimulant drugs, including amphetamines, Ritalin (a specific amphetamine), methamphetamine, and crystal methamphetamine.

A number of illicit drugs showed little change this year. Many of them are at rates well below their recent peak levels of use, however. These include cocaine, crack cocaine, LSD, hallucinogens other than LSD, heroin, and most of the prescription-type psychoactive drugs used outside of medical supervision, including sedatives, tranquilizers, narcotics other than heroin, OxyContin specifically, and Vicodin specifically. (Both OxyContin and Vicodin are narcotic drugs.)

The only drug showing signs of an increase in use is MDMA (ecstasy).

The use of alcohol by teens, like their use of many of the illicit drugs, has declined since the mid-1990s.

30-day smoking rates continued a gradual decline in grades 8 and 10 in 2007—statistically significant for 8th grade only.

One thought on “Monitoring the Future data released

  1. Wow, thats amazing so many drugs are in the decline. I am wondering if the reason that Ecstacy unlike the usual cocaine use is getting is growing is because of all the emotional and lack of sexual relationships (in a meaningful way like with a loving partner) going on out there.

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