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Stats & Trends in Teen Drug Use with Interactive Chart

Monitoring the Future: Annual Survey of Teen Drug Use

Each year, more than 42,000 students from almost 400 schools in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades complete a survey about their behaviors, attitudes, and values on drug use. According to the 2019 Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF):

  • Teens are vaping both marijuana and nicotine in record numbers. Past-month marijuana vaping among 12th graders nearly doubled in a single year—the second-largest one-year jump for any substance in the history of the survey.
  • One in 4 students in 12th grade, 1 in 5 in 10th grade, and 1 in 11 in 8th grade reported vaping nicotine in the past month.
  • On the other hand, rates of binge drinking (drinking five or more drinks in a row) continue to drop for students in 10th and 12th grades.

How to use the interactive chart: Select by drug, year, grade, and duration to see teen drug use trends. Use the Share and Download icons at the bottom of the chart. 

View Lesson PlanUsing the interactive below, this activity is designed to help students in grades 7 through 12 understand how to obtain, analyze, and interpret data, and to argue from evidence. 


More on Monitoring the Future

MTF 2019: Why do Teens Vape & What are the Health Concerns?

MTF 2019 | Why do Teens Vape & What are the Health Concerns?

Dr. Nora Volkow discusses why teens vape and some of the health risks.

NIDA Infographics

Monitoring the Future 2019 Survey Results (December 2019)

This infographic of the NIH’s 2019 Monitoring the Future survey highlights drug use trends among the nation’s youth for vaping, marijuana, alcohol, tobacco and nicotine, and prescription drugs.

Monitoring the Future 2019 Survey Results: Vaping (December 2019)

This infographic illustrates increases in rates of teen vaping (both nicotine and marijuana), according to the NIH’s 2019 Monitoring the Future survey.

Drug and Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults in 2018 (September 2019)

The 2018 Monitoring the Future College Students and Young Adults survey shows trends in the use of marijuana, alcohol, nicotine, and synthetic drugs in college students and non-college peers.

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More Data Resources

Other federally funded surveys measuring drug use trends among America’s youth.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's NSDUH reports the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse among the U.S. population, ages 12 and older. 

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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) YRBSS monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults.

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