Mary Alice Reporting – The national Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released their report related to trends and attitudes about drug use.

The 2019 Monitoring the Future survey also tracked what teens think of in terms of risks associated with using drugs.

NIDA Deputy Director Wilson Compton says the complied data was from students in grades 8th, 10th, and 12th across the United States.

“The concerning data relates particularly to vaping. We’ve seen market increases in vaping of nicotine and overall vaping. We also saw an almost doubling in the rate of vaping of marijuana products.”

He notes that one concern is the surprising number of youth that use the vaping products on a daily basis as 20% of 8th graders reported using any vaping device over the past year and almost 41% of 12th graders.

Wilson points out that, any type of substance abuse is harmful, especially among teens, since the brain is still developing.

“Drug use, particularly in the early teen years, is associated with greater psychiatric problems, a higher likelihood of addiction, and much more devastating consequences.”

From the report, in the past year, 52% of seniors and 19% of 8th grade students reported drinking alcohol.

Wilson adds that, the report highlighted some good numbers, compared to 10 years ago, in the reduction of the number of kids abusing opioids and other prescription medication.

The study showed that between 2016 and 2019, 8th and 10th graders reported zero use of any prescription drug but, over that time period, almost 9% of 12th graders used in the past year.

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