Text Size
Teen Drug Use

Teen Marijuana Use on the Rise (2010 Monitoring the Future Survey Results)

posted 03:34 AM EST, Wed December 15, 2010
-- filed under: |

Marijuana is up once again but teen drinking shows a slight decline. More on these statistics and other highlights from the 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey of teens about drug and alcohol use.

For 36 straight years, researchers at The University of Michigan have surveyed Americans teens to get a better idea of adolescent attitudes on and usage of drugs and alcohol.

Some highlights from the 2010 survey, which was released today, include:

  • Marijuana use continues to rise, and daily marijuana use is at its highest rate sine the early 1980s - 6.1% of 12th graders use marijuana on a daily basis.
  • 35% of high school seniors admit to smoking marijuana at least once over the past year.
  • After marijuana, Vicodin is the most commonly abused illicit drug, with 8% of high school seniors admitting to past year use – this is down from 9.7% in 2009.
  • Over the past 30 days, more high school seniors smoked marijuana (21.4%) than tobacco (19.2%)
  • Teen drinking is on the decline. 41.2% of high school seniors admitted to past year drinking, which is down from 43.5% in 2009. Binge drinking (drinking 5 or more drinks in a sitting) is also down slightly, with 23.2% of high school seniors admitting to past year binging, compared to 25.2% in 2009.
  • 5.5% of high school seniors used salvia over the past 12 months

In commenting on the survey results, NIDA Director Nora D. Volkov expressed concern about rising marijuana use, saying, "These high rates of marijuana use during the teen and pre-teen years, when the brain continues to develop, place our young people at particular risk. Not only does marijuana affect learning, judgment, and motor skills, but research tells us that about 1 in 6 people who start using it as adolescents become addicted."

Read all survey results at 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey.

Email It Send this page Print It Print friendly page Subscribe Subscribe to this topic category
Story Highlights
  • Teen Marijuana Use Increases: More teens are smoking marijuana every day today than have been since the early 1980s.
Creative Commons License
Copyright Notice
We welcome republishing of our content on condition that you credit Choose Help and the respective authors. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Join Thousands of Readers

who receive our weekly recovery newsletter.

Helpful Information
For Teens: How to Quit Marijuana on Your Own
For Teens That Want to Quit Marijuana – 10 Situations That Lead to Relapse and 5 Ways to Overcome Cravings © John Steven Fernandez
If you prepare yourself for high-risk situations and learn strategies to prevent relapse you have a great chance of being able to quit on your own – learn how to succeed here. Read Article
Teenagers July 15, 2013
Get Your Teen to Stop Smoking Marijuana When your worst fears are confirmed, and when you do find your son or daughter experimenting with marijuana...what can you do and how can you get them to stop? Read Article
Teenagers October 30, 2007 (40)
Teen Marijuana Addiction Self Test Smoke marijuana? Got 2 minutes to spare for a self test? If so, answer yes or no to 12 questions to make sure you don’t have a marijuana problem. Read Article
Teenagers June 09, 2014 (4)
Like Our Site? Follow Us!

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.