The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) along with the University of Michigan recently released a 2011 survey that showed continuous increase in marijuana use among teenagers (8th graders through high school students). The rates for 8th grade students is the highest it has been since 2003, according to survey results. In the three grade levels that were measured – 8th, 10th, and 12th grades – all three showed an increase in daily marijuana usage. This has also had an effect on attitudes toward drug use, showing that youth have a more lax opinion on drug use, which can be an indicator for usage.
While the rate of marijuana and other synthetic cannabinoids increased, cigarette and alcohol use has decreased to its lowest point since the inception of the Monitoring the Future Survey back in 1975. Both the use of cigarettes and alcohol decreased in all three grade levels, being considered a prevention success of the survey conductors.
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