Each year, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) releases a report on drug use in the country. This year is no different. The 2016 report has been released, and it finally shows a drop in some of the drugs that teenagers love. Marijuana. A drug that used to be one of a teenagers favorites is now being passed to the side.
According to the NSDUH and reporting done by the Washington Post, marijuana use by people aged 12-17 is at the lowest its been in 20 years. According to the study, only 6.5 percent of people aged 12-17 used marijuana on a monthly basis. This is a significant drop from 2014, but is also still significantly higher than the 4.4 percent of users in 1990. But it proves to be a huge step up from where we were in the past decade.
Teenage marijuana use is particularly worrying because teenage marijuana use can result in addiction, cognitive deficiencies, and criminal behavior. But while teenage marijuana use is going down, adult marijuana use is going up. This statistic probably isn’t that surprising though as more and more states legalize the drug for recreational use.
It’s uncertain why teenage marijuana use is going down. Though there could be a couple of reasons. But none of these are proven, just hypothesis. One reason might be that young people spend less time in groups of friends in public or private. Instead, opting for phones and the internet. Which could perhaps mean that more people are becoming addicted to their phones or the internet.
It’s undeniably a good fact that teen marijuana use is down, but to accompany it, there are plenty of other drugs that are down among teenagers. On top of marijuana, cigarette use is down, along with alcohol use, cocaine use, and heroin use are all down. Others might be down, but numbers weren’t as easily accessible.