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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2012 - 2015 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
2012 2013 2014 2015 2012 2013 2014 2015 2012 2013 2014 2015
Alcohol Lifetime [29.50] 27.80 26.80 26.10 54.00 52.10 [49.30] 47.10 69.40 68.20 [66.00] 64.00
Past Year [23.60] 22.10 20.80 21.00 48.50 47.10 [44.00] 41.90 63.50 62.00 60.20 58.20
Past Month [11.00] 10.20 9.00 9.70 27.60 25.70 [23.50] 21.50 41.50 [39.20] 37.40 35.30
Daily 0.30 0.30 0.30 0.20 1.00 0.90 0.80 0.50 2.50 2.20 1.90 1.90
Cigarettes (any use) Lifetime [15.50] 14.80 13.50 13.30 [27.70] [25.70] [22.60] [19.90] 39.50 38.10 [34.40] [31.10]
Past Month [4.90] 4.50 4.00 [3.60] 10.80 [9.10] [7.20] [6.30] 17.10 16.30 [13.60] [11.40]
Daily 1.90 1.80 1.40 1.30 5.00 4.40 [3.20] 3.00 9.30 8.50 [6.70] [5.50]
1/2-pack+/day 0.60 0.70 0.50 0.40 1.50 1.50 1.20 1.00 4.00 3.40 [2.60] 2.10
E-cigarettes Past Month - - 8.70 9.50 - - 16.20 14.00 - - 17.10 16.20
Smokeless Tobacco Lifetime 8.10 7.90 8.00 8.60 15.40 14.00 13.60 12.30 17.40 17.20 15.10 13.20
Past Month 2.80 2.80 3.00 3.20 6.40 6.40 5.30 4.90 7.90 8.10 8.40 6.10
Daily 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.80 2.00 1.90 1.80 1.60 3.20 3.00 3.40 2.90
Illicit Drugs Lifetime 18.50 20.30 20.30 20.50 36.80 38.80 37.40 [34.70] 49.10 50.40 49.10 48.90
Past Year 13.40 [14.90] 14.60 14.80 30.10 31.80 29.90 27.90 39.70 40.30 38.70 38.60
Past Month 7.70 8.50 8.30 8.10 18.60 19.40 18.50 [16.50] 25.20 25.50 23.70 23.60
Cocaine Lifetime 1.90 1.70 1.80 1.60 3.30 3.30 2.60 2.70 4.90 4.50 4.60 4.00
Past Year 1.20 1.00 1.00 0.90 2.00 1.90 1.50 1.80 2.70 2.60 2.60 2.50
Past Month [0.50] 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.80 0.80 0.60 0.80 1.10 1.10 1.00 1.10
Crack Cocaine Lifetime [1.00] 1.20 1.20 1.00 1.40 1.50 [1.00] 1.10 2.10 1.80 1.80 1.70
Past Year [0.60] 0.60 0.70 0.50 0.80 0.80 [0.50] 0.70 1.20 1.10 1.10 1.10
Past Month [0.30] 0.30 0.30 0.30 0.40 0.40 0.30 0.30 0.60 0.60 0.70 0.60
GHB Past Year - - - - - - - - 1.40 1.00 1.00 0.70
Hallucinogens Lifetime 2.80 2.50 2.00 2.00 5.20 5.40 5.00 4.60 7.50 7.60 6.30 6.40
Past Year [1.60] 1.60 1.30 1.30 3.50 3.40 3.30 3.10 4.80 4.50 4.00 4.20
Past Month [0.60] 0.80 0.50 0.60 1.20 1.10 1.20 0.90 1.60 1.40 1.50 1.60
LSD Lifetime 1.30 1.40 1.10 1.30 2.60 2.70 2.60 3.00 3.80 3.90 3.70 4.30
Past Year 0.80 1.00 0.70 0.90 1.70 1.70 1.90 2.00 2.40 2.20 2.50 2.90
Past Month 0.30 0.50 0.30 0.40 0.50 0.60 0.60 0.60 0.80 0.80 1.00 1.10
MDMA Lifetime 2.00 1.80 1.40 2.30 [5.00] 5.70 [3.70] [3.80] 7.20 7.10 5.60 [5.90]
Past Year [1.10] 1.10 0.90 1.40 [3.00] 3.60 [2.30] [2.40] [3.80] 4.00 3.60 [3.60]
Past Month 0.50 0.50 0.40 0.50 [1.00] 1.20 [0.80] 0.90 [0.90] 1.50 1.40 1.10
Heroin Lifetime [0.80] 1.00 0.90 [0.50] 1.10 1.00 0.90 0.70 1.10 1.00 1.00 0.80
Past Year 0.50 0.50 0.50 [0.30] 0.60 0.60 0.50 0.50 0.60 0.60 0.60 0.50
Past Month 0.20 0.30 0.30 0.10 0.40 0.30 0.40 0.20 0.30 0.30 0.40 0.30
Inhalants Lifetime 11.80 10.80 10.80 [9.40] 9.90 8.70 8.70 [7.20] 7.90 6.90 6.50 5.70
Past Year 6.20 [5.20] 5.30 4.60 4.10 3.50 3.30 2.90 2.90 2.50 1.90 1.90
Past Month [2.70] 2.30 2.20 2.00 1.40 1.30 1.10 1.20 0.90 1.00 0.70 0.70
Ketamine Past Year - - - - - - - - 1.50 1.40 1.50 1.40
Marijuana/ Hashish Lifetime 15.20 16.50 15.60 15.50 33.80 35.80 33.70 [31.10] 45.20 45.50 44.40 44.70
Past Year 11.40 12.70 11.70 11.80 28.00 29.80 [27.30] 25.40 36.40 36.40 35.10 34.90
Past Month 6.50 7.00 6.50 6.50 17.00 18.00 16.60 14.80 22.90 22.70 21.20 21.30
Daily 1.10 1.10 1.00 1.10 3.50 4.00 [3.40] 3.00 6.50 6.50 5.80 6.00
K2/Spice (Synthetic Marijuana) Past Year 4.40 4.00 3.30 3.10 8.80 7.40 [5.40] 4.30 11.30 [7.90] [5.80] 5.20
Methamphetamine Lifetime 1.30 1.40 1.00 0.80 1.80 1.60 1.40 1.30 1.70 1.50 1.90 1.00
Past Year 1.00 1.00 0.60 0.50 1.00 1.00 0.80 0.80 1.10 0.90 1.00 0.60
Past Month 0.50 0.40 0.20 0.30 0.60 0.40 0.30 0.30 0.50 0.40 0.50 0.40
PCP Lifetime - - - - - - - - 1.60 1.30 - -
Past Year - - - - - - - - 0.90 0.70 0.80 1.40
Past Month - - - - - - - - 0.50 0.40 - -
Any Prescription Drug Lifetime - - - - - - - - 21.20 21.50 [19.90] 18.30
Past Year - - - - - - - - 14.80 15.00 [13.90] 12.90
Past Month - - - - - - - - 7.00 7.00 6.40 5.90
Amphetamine Lifetime 4.50 4.20 6.70 6.80 8.90 8.10 10.60 9.70 12.00 12.40 12.10 10.80
Past Year 2.90 2.60 4.30 4.10 6.50 5.90 7.60 6.80 7.90 8.70 8.10 7.70
Past Month 1.30 1.40 2.10 1.90 2.80 2.80 3.70 [3.10] 3.30 4.10 3.80 3.20
Bath Salts Past Year 0.80 1.00 [0.50] 0.40 0.60 0.90 0.90 0.70 1.30 0.90 0.90 1.00
Adderall Past Year 1.70 1.80 1.30 1.00 4.50 4.40 4.60 5.20 7.60 7.40 6.80 7.50
Ritalin Past Year 0.70 1.10 0.90 0.60 1.90 1.80 1.80 1.60 2.60 2.30 1.80 2.00
Cough Medicine (non-prescription) Past Year 3.00 2.90 [2.00] 1.60 4.70 4.30 3.70 3.30 5.60 5.00 4.10 4.60
Narcotics other than Heroin Lifetime - - - - - - - - 12.20 11.10 [9.50] [8.40]
Past Year - - - - - - - - 7.90 7.10 [6.10] 5.40
Past Month - - - - - - - - [3.00] 2.80 [2.20] 2.10
Vicodin Past Year 1.30 1.40 1.00 0.90 4.40 4.60 3.40 2.50 7.50 [5.30] 4.80 4.40
OxyContin Past Year 1.60 2.00 [1.00] 0.80 3.00 3.40 3.00 2.60 4.30 3.60 3.30 3.70
Tranquilizers Lifetime 3.00 2.90 2.90 3.00 6.30 5.50 5.80 5.80 8.50 7.70 7.40 6.90
Past Year 1.80 1.80 1.70 1.70 4.30 3.70 3.90 3.90 5.30 4.60 4.70 4.70
Past Month 0.80 0.90 0.80 0.80 1.70 1.60 1.60 1.70 2.10 2.00 2.10 2.00
Rohypnol Lifetime [1.00] 0.70 0.60 0.80 0.80 1.10 1.00 0.50 - - - -
Past Year 0.40 0.40 0.30 0.30 0.50 0.60 0.50 0.20 1.50 0.90 0.70 1.00
Past Month 0.10 0.10 0.20 0.10 0.20 0.10 0.40 0.10 - - - -
Salvia Past Year 1.40 1.20 [0.60] 0.70 [2.50] 2.30 1.80 1.20 [4.40] [3.40] [1.80] 1.90
Steroids Lifetime 1.20 1.10 1.00 1.00 1.30 1.30 1.40 1.20 1.80 2.10 1.90 2.30
Past Year 0.60 0.60 0.60 0.50 0.80 0.80 0.80 0.70 1.30 1.50 1.50 1.70
Past Month 0.30 0.30 0.20 0.30 0.40 0.40 0.40 0.40 0.90 1.00 0.90 1.00

* Data in brackets indicate statistically significant change from the previous year.

The use of any prescription drug includes use of any of the following: amphetamines, sedatives (barbiturates), narcotics other than
heroin, or tranquilizers “…without a doctor telling you to use them.”