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Teen Drug Use Facts: Marijuana


Marijuana Charted Statistics
Marijuana Annual Use Statistics

Percent of teens who used marijuana in the last 12 months.

Marijuana is becoming the drug of choice among teens and its use is growing at alarming rates. Here are some of the interesting statistics of teen marijuana drug use from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH):
  • In 2005, 6.8 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 used marijuana in the past month and 3.5 percent had used cigars with marijuana in them "blunts" in the past month.
  • Among teens, past month use of both marijuana and blunts increased with age.
  • Among teens marijuana use was more likely among males than females: marijuana was 7.5% males verses 6.2% females, blunts 4.2% males verses 2.9% females.

The Scope of Teen Marijuana Use Today

The 2011 Monitoring the Future Survey showed these statistics for marijuana use in the previous year:

  • 12.5% of 8th graders,
  • 28.8% of 10th graders,
  • and 36.4% of 12th graders.

Teen marijuana use has not increased this past year, according to the 2010 numbers, but the 5-year trends are showing significant increases among 10th and 12th graders for daily marijuana use and past year use. The rates of marijuana use topped the rates of teen cigarette smoking in both 2010 and 2011 for usage in the last 30 days. The most recent numbers being 22.6% of high school seniors used marijuana compared with 18.7% who smoked cigarettes.

In 2008, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services took a look at the big picture of drug use and abuse and found that marijuana was the illicit drug with the highest rate of past year dependence or abuse. They showed that marijuana is the drug of choice among teens and adults, here are the numbers:

  • 4.2 million teens and adults aged 12 or older were dependent on or abused marijuana or hashish representing 1.7 percent of the total population aged 12 or older,
  • and 60.1 percent of all those classified with illicit drug dependence or abuse.

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