STATES CHRONICLE – The use of marijuana, as well as alcohol consumption, has considerably decreased among teenagers. Based on the data gathered by a new federal study, the teen drug has significantly dropped since the amplitude of the drug war from the 1990s. The survey is known as Monitoring the Future which examined approximately 50,000 high school students revealed that fewer teenagers were reported to use illicit substances during the past year.
Only 5% of 8 graders made use of marijuana, while only 10% and 14% of 10 graders and the 12 graders respectively consumed drugs. Besides the decrease of the marijuana use, there has also been registered a drop in alcohol and cigarette use. Among all teenagers who took part in the survey in 2016 only 36% of them had consumed alcoholic drinks during the past year. Compared to the high in 1991, the study proved that the number has dropped by a half.
In 1991, 67% of high school students had drunk alcohol. What is more, back in 1991, approximately 63% of 12th graders had smoked cigarettes. This year, the survey proved that the number registered back in 1991 had decreased to 28%. That is a significant beneficial change which helped a lot of teenagers lead a healthy life.
Unfortunately, during recent years, the use of electronic cigarettes represented one of the greatest concerns. Luckily, this year, the number of teenagers vaping had finally declined compared to 2011 when researchers first started tracking this dangerous habit. The new survey has unveiled that starting with 2015 up until 2016, the number of teens who used electronic cigarettes during the last thirty days dropped from 16% to 13% among high school students in the 12th grade.
The percentage of 10th graders who vaped declined from 14% to 11% while the number of 8th-grade students who used electronic cigarettes dropped from 8% to 6%. Among all these unhealthy habits, teenagers also made use of marijuana. Now that many states managed to legalize the recreational use of this drug, many curious people have tried it.
The last survey which started recording data about marijuana use was in 2014. The study demonstrated that the attitude regarding marijuana seemed to have an insignificant effect on the inclinations of teenagers who are engaged in using drugs. The survey proved that the use of marijuana dropped among 10th-grade and 8th-grade students, while 12th-grade students registered no change regarding the utilization of this drug.
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