Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Use of ecstasy, heroin, synthetic marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes declined among US teens in 2015

Michigan News | University of Michigan, December 16, 2015

"The results from the latest national survey in the Monitoring the Future series on use of licit and illicit drugs by American teenagers show that some important improvements are taking place.

The use of both alcohol and cigarettes reached their lowest points since the study began in 1975. Use of several particularly dangerous illicit drugs—including MDMA (ecstasy, Molly), heroin, amphetamines and synthetic marijuana—also showed a decline this year. Marijuana use, however, remained level.

Monitoring the Future tracks trends in substance use by surveying over 40,000 8th­, 10th­ and 12th­grade students each year located in about 400 public and private secondary schools across the contiguous 48 states. Now in its 41st year, MTF is conducted by a team of research professors at the University of Michigan and is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse." Read more

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