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Monitoring the Future National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2013: Volume I, Secondary school students

NCJ Number
Lloyd D. Johnston, Ph.D.; Patrick M. O'Malley, Ph.D.; Jerald G. Bachman, Ph.D.; John E. Schulenberg, Ph.D.; Richard A. Miech, Ph.D.
Date Published
June 2014
659 pages
This report presents the results from the Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey on drug use among secondary school students.
This report provides the results from the Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey on drug use among secondary school students for the period 1975 - 2013. Highlights of the survey's findings include the following: after 2001, the heavier using cohorts of adolescents began to comprise the college student and youth adult populations while drug use among secondary school students was declining; between 1990 and 1997, marijuana use rose sharply among secondary school students leading to an increase up the spectrum in illicit drug use; increases during the 1990s in use of any illicit drug were substantially larger in the three secondary school grades than in either the college or young adult population; and the trend for cigarette smoking revealed a generational replacement effect during the 1990s with college students showing a sharp increase in smoking as the heavier cohorts of secondary school students entered college. This volume of MTF presents the results of the 39th survey of drug use and related attitudes and beliefs among secondary school students in grades, 8, 10, and 12. The data in the report is presented in two categories: the prevalence and frequency of use of certain illicit drugs among 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students; and historical trends in use by students in those grades. The 10 chapters in the report cover Key Findings: An Overview and Integration across Five Populations, Study Design and Procedures, Prevalence and Frequency of Drug Use, Trends in Drug Use, Initiation Rates and Trends in Initiation Rates in Lower Grades, Degree and Duration of Drug Highs, Attitudes and Beliefs about Drug Use, the Social Context, and Other Findings. Tables, figures, and appendixes