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NIDA. (1998, July 1). Trends in Drug Use Among 8th, 10th, and 12th Graders. Retrieved from https://archives.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/1998/07/trends-in-drug-use-among-8th-10th-12th-graders

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July 01, 1998

Data from NIDA's 1997 Monitoring the Future study show the percentages during the past 3 years of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders who used drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. The University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research has conducted the survey among a representative sample of 12th graders each year since 1975; 8th and 10th graders were surveyed for the first time in 1991. Percentages for daily use of some drugs were not included because most were statistically unreliable. "Lifetime" percentages refer to students who reported using the drug at least once in their lives. "Past Year" percentages are for any reported use in the past 12 months, "30-day" percentages are for any reported use in the past 30 days, and "daily" percentages are for reported daily use in the past 30 days. For highlights of the survey, see "Increases in Teen Drug Use Appear to Level Off,".

  8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
1994 1995 1996 1994 1995 1996 1994 1995 1996
Marijuana/Hashish
Lifetime 19.9 23.1 22.6 34.1 39.8 42.3 41.7 44.9 49.6
Past Year 15.8 18.3 17.7 28.7 33.6 34.8 34.7 35.8 38.5
Past 30 Days 9.1 11.3 10.2 17.2 20.4 20.5 21.2 21.9 23.7
Daily 0.8 1.5 1.1 2.8 3.5 3.7 4.6 4.9 5.8
Inhalants
Lifetime 21.6 21.2 21.0 19.0 19.3 18.3 17.4 16.6 16.1
Past Year 12.8 12.2 11.8 9.6 9.5 8.7 8.0 7.6 6.7
Past 30 Days 6.1 5.8 5.6 3.5 3.3 3.0 3.2 2.5 2.5
Hallucinogens
Lifetime 5.2 5.9 5.4 9.3 10.5 10.5 12.7 14.0 15.1
Past Year 3.6 4.1 3.7 7.2 7.8 7.6 9.3 10.1 9.8
Past 30 Days 1.7 1.9 1.8 3.3 2.8 3.3 4.4 3.5 3.9
Cocaine
Lifetime 4.2 4.5 4.4 5.0 6.5 7.1 6.0 7.1 8.7
Past Year 2.6 3.0 2.8 3.5 4.2 4.7 4.0 4.9 5.5
Past 30 Days 1.2 1.3 1.1 1.7 1.7 2.0 1.8 2.0 2.3
Crack Cocaine
Lifetime 2.7 2.9 2.7 2.8 3.3 3.6 3.0 3.3 3.9
Past Year 1.6 1.8 1.7 1.8 2.1 2.2 2.1 2.1 2.4
Past 30 Days 0.7 0.8 0.7 0.9 0.8 0.9 1.0 1.0 0.9
Heroin
Lifetime 2.3 2.4 2.1 1.7 2.1 2.1 1.6 1.8 2.1
Past Year 1.4 1.6 1.3 1.1 1.2 1.4 1.1 1.0 1.2
Past 30 Days 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5
Stimulants
Lifetime 13.1 13.5 12.3 17.4 17.7 17.0 15.3 15.3 16.5
Past Year 8.7 9.1 8.1 11.9 12.4 12.1 9.3 9.5 10.2
Past 30 Days 4.2 4.6 3.8 5.3 5.5 5.1 4.0 4.1 4.8
Alcohol
Lifetime 54.5 55.3 53.8 70.5 71.8 72.0 80.7 79.2 81.7
Past Year 45.3 46.5 45.5 63.5 65.0 65.2 73.7 72.5 74.8
Past 30 Days 24.6 26.2 24.5 38.8 40.4 40.1 51.3 50.8 52.7
Daily 0.7 1.0 0.8 1.7 1.6 1.7 3.5 3.7 3.9
Cigarettes (Any Use)
Lifetime 46.4 49.2 47.3 57.6 61.2 60.2 64.2 63.5 65.4
Past Year NA
Past 30 Days 19.1 21.0 19.4 27.9 30.4 29.8 33.5 34.0 36.5
1/2 pack + per day 3.4 4.3 3.5 8.3 9.4 8.6 12.4 13.0 14.3
Steroids
Lifetime 2.0 1.8 1.8 2.0 1.8 2.0 2.3 1.9 2.4
Past Year 1.0 0.9 1.0 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.5 1.4 1.4
Past 30 Days 0.6 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.7 1.0

* Indicates less than 0.05 percent; NA indicated data not available

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