2019 US Teen Drug & Alcohol Use: Monitoring the Future Survey

January 3, 2020
Grace Halsey
Grace Halsey

Survey Says: Use of cigarettes and alcohol is down among teens but daily marijuana use is up among 8th graders and and vaping is accelerating rapidly among 10th and 12th graders.

The annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) Survey has since 1975 quantified how US teens in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades report drug, alcohol, and cigarette use. In 2014 the survey incorporated questions on vaping devices and in subsequent years on specific vaping habits and substances used.The 2019 survey polled >42 500 students form nearly 400 public and private schools across the US.The following short slide show highlights key findings for 2019, including declines in cigarette and binge alcohol use and in prescription opioid misuse among teens; results also reveal a continued and troubling increase in teenage vaping and a rise in daily marijuana use among the youngest students.