college students

warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/hemporg/public_html/news/modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.pages.inc on line 34.

U.S.: College Students Are Using More Marijuana, Fewer Opioids

pot farm.jpg

By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

According to new data released Thursday, high school students and young adults today are much less likely to use illicit drugs than their parents, except for marijuana.

The report comes after a four-decade long study of drug, tobacco, and alcohol use from the University of Michigan. The report shows that people in their 40s and 50s used far more drugs in their youth than people in their teens and 20s today.

"The proportion of Americans in their 40s and 50s who have experience with illicit drugs is quite shocking," says Lloyd Johnston, a research scientist at the University of Michigan and the lead investigator on the study. "It's a great majority."

Over 70 percent of people in their fifties have used illegal drugs, not counting marijuana. If marijuana is included that figure rises to about 85 percent.

Cigarette use is at an all-time low as well, with 20.5 percent of college students saying they smoked in 2015 compared to 44.5 percent in 1999.

"Maybe the most important of all is the decline in narcotic drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin and so forth," Johnston says. Use of prescription opioids by college students has dropped from 8.7 percent in 2003 to 3.3 percent in 2015. "That's despite the fact that we know from the news that the use and misuse of narcotic drugs is a growing problem in the country," Johnston says.

U.S.: Daily Marijuana Use Exceeds Daily Cigarette Use Among College Students

CollegeWeed

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Daily marijuana use among college students in the United States is at an all-time high, with college students now more likely to smoke cannabis on a daily basis than cigarettes, according to the results of a nationwide survey released on Tuesday.

The long-term study, performed by researchers at the University of Michigan, shows that the number of students who smoke marijuana daily is at its highest level since 1980, when such data was first compiled, reports Ben Kesling at The Wall Street Journal.

"There's no question marijuana use has risen considerably," said principal investigator Lloyd Johnston of the Monitoring the Future study. "In December, we released results on secondary-school students, and we're seeing a rise in daily marijuana use there as well."

Nearly 6 percent of college students in 2014 reporting smoking cannabis on a daily or near-daily basis, up from 3.5 percent in 2007. Fewer students see marijuana as a health threat, with just 35 percent of high school graduates surveyed in 2014 saying regular cannabis use is dangerous, down from 55 percent in 2006.

About one of every 17 high school students uses cannabis on a daily or near-daily basis, according to findings released last December by the university.

Syndicate content