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Monitoring the Future Study Highlights 2010

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Date Published
December 2010
4 pages
This report presents findings from the 2010 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of high school students on the use of illicit drugs and attitudes and perceptions on the use of illicit drugs.
Highlights from the 2010 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey include: (1) increases were found over 2009 in past-month and past-year use of marijuana among 8th graders; (2) daily use of marijuana among all three grades (8th, 10th and 12th) increased between 2009-2010; (3) significant increases in daily marijuana use were found among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders (from 1.0 percent to 1.2 percent, 2.8 percent to 3.3 percent, and 5.2 percent to 6.1 percent, respectively); (4) among 12 graders, lifetime, past-year, and past-month use of heroin with a needle increased (0.6 percent to 1.1 percent, 0.3 percent to 0.7 percent, and 0.1 percent to 0.4 percent, respectively); (5) among 10th graders, those who perceived "great risk" of harm associated with smoking marijuana occasionally or regularly declined 2.0 and 2.3 percentage points, respectively; (6) among 12th graders, disapproval of others who try or smoke marijuana occasionally worsened (-3.6 percentage points); (7) decreases in the use of various substances include: vicodin (among 12th graders, past-year use decreased from 9.7 percent to 8.0 percent and alcohol (past 30-day use among 12th graders dropped from 43.5 percent to 41.2 percent, and the prevalence of five or more drinks in a row within the past 2 weeks declined from 25.2 percent to 23.2 percent; and (8) among 10th graders, the perceived harm of trying powder cocaine once or twice increased 2.1 percentage points to 52.9 percent. MTF is a nationally representative annual survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders conducted by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The results released in this report for 2010 show increases in drug use and continued decreases in the perceived harm of using drugs. 2 figures