There is good news for parents concerned about drug use. The latest Monitoring the Future survey by the University of Michigan and the National Institute on Drug Abuse polled 45,473 students (eighth, 10th and 12th graders) from 372 schools on a variety of substance-use areas.
The report shows an overall decline in alcohol use, and the same goes for cigarettes, heroin, methamphetamines and prescription opioids. That’s encouraging.
One area that shows continued steady usage is marijuana. Of 12th graders, 35.6 percent report using it in the past year, and 22.5 percent in the past month. Also of note are teenagers’ attitudes toward the drug: 68.9 percent of 12th graders said that they don’t consider marijuana to be harmful. Though the same number of teens say they don’t approve of smoking it regularly, the numbers suggest a relatively relaxed mindset about the drug. [Read more…]