Who Uses Salvia?

NIDA’s Monitoring the Future (MTF) study asked 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders about Salvia abuse for the first time in 2009—5.7 percent of high school seniors reported that they used it during the past year (greater than the percentage who reported using Ecstasy). And according to the latest MTF figures, the use of Salvia reported by 10th- and 12th-graders decreased from 2011 to 2012, with 2.5 percent of 10th-graders and 4.4 percent of 12th-graders reporting using it in the past year. Although information about this drug is limited, its abuse is likely driven by drug-related videos and information on Internet sites.