Who’s doing drugs?
Every year, the Monitoring the Future Study looks at public and private schools around the nation to gauge drug trends among youth. Though illicit drug use has dropped over the past decade, popularity of some substances such as MDMA, or ecstasy, and prescription drugs has gone up. Here is the data, in percentages, from the 2007 survey, with the first numbers representing lifetime use and the second representing use in the past month.
|8th grade||10th grade||12th grade|
|Any illicit drug||19/7.4||35.6/16.9||46.8/21.9|
|Drugs other than pot||11.1/3.6||18.2/6.9||25.5/9.5|