Fewer teens are drinking and doing drugs these days with one exception: marijuana. Researchers at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research have announced teen drug usage is the lowest levels in over 40 years. Nobody understands the exact reason why, however.
Over the past few years, marijuana use among teens has been flat. However, in this year’s study, use of the drug is up 1% in teens, with 25% of respondents saying they had vaped, smoked, or eaten marijuana over the past year. The study focused on 45,000 students in grades eight, 10, and 12.
Marijuana use in teens has even surpassed that of cigarette smoking. Five percent of teens said they had smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days, while 15% said they had used marijuana. There is still much research that needs to be done. Marijuana research has been stalled for many years due to its illegal status. But as of right now the numbers are encouraging.
Vaping is definitely not the only way teens smoke marijuana, but it’s very popular. Twenty percent of teens said that they only consumed marijuana through vaping.
Alcohol use is also at its lowest level ever: 37.3% of 12th-graders said they have been drunk at least once, down from a high of 53.2% in 2001.
Researches have noted that, on the whole, teens are doing alright when it comes to drug use. They also say that improved relationships with parents may play a role in drug use reduction compared to previous generations.