Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)
NIH Public Bulletin – January 2011
Monitoring the Future Survey Results and Press Conference
When: December 14, 2010
Institute: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
On December 14, NIDA hosted a press conference to announce results of the 2010 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, which measures drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide.
Fueled by increases in marijuana use, the rate of eighth-graders saying they have used an illicit drug in the past year jumped to 16 percent, up from last year's 14.5 percent. Daily marijuana use was up in all grades surveyed. The survey results also showed significant increases in use of Ecstasy.
The MTF survey has been conducted since 1975. Survey participants report their drug use behaviors across three time periods: lifetime, past year, and past month. The survey is funded by NIDA and conducted by the University of Michigan. The press conference panelists included NIDA Director Nora Volkow, Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske, and Lloyd Johnston, principal investigator at the University of Michigan.
You can find results from the MTF survey, which are released each fall, at www.drugabuse.gov/drugpages/MTF.html.