College-Age & Young Adults

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About College-Age & Young Adults

Newly released Monitoring the Future (MTF) Survey data on drug use in college-age adults ages 19 to 22 shows an increase in marijuana use in the past 5 years, including vaping with marijuana, as well as a significant increase in nicotine vaping.

This section features the most recent MTF national survey results on substance use in this age group, including patterns of marijuana and alcohol use, nicotine use, and nonmedical use of prescription drugs. It also covers newer trends, such as use of e-vaporizers and hookahs. In 2018, the survey identified statistics related to e-vaporizer use of nicotine and marijuana separately from other smoking forms. This section also has resources for students, parents, educators, dorm supervisors, counselors, clinicians, and researchers who work with this age group. Download the full Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2018. Volume II: College students and adults ages 19-50 (PDF, 11MB) report.

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