WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released a statement on the latest results from the Monitoring the Future survey of substance use behaviors and related attitudes among eighth, 10th, and 12th graders in the United States. According to the survey, the percentage of adolescents reporting substance use in 2022 largely held steady after significantly declining in 2021. In 2022, reported use of any illicit drug within the past year remained at or significantly below pre-pandemic levels for all grades, with 11% of eighth graders, 21.5% of 10th graders, and 32.6% of 12th graders reporting any illicit drug use in the past year.
“I am encouraged by today’s data that show the vast majority of young people are continuing to avoid substance use,” said Dr. Gupta. “At the same time, it is imperative that we continue to invest in evidence-based prevention strategies and raise awareness about the risks to youth of illicit drugs, including fake pills and marijuana, since we know perceived risk can play an important role in youth prevention.”
Read the survey results report here.
Read about the President’s National Drug Control Strategy here.
Read about actions the Biden-Harris Administration has taken to increase access to prevention and the continuum of care for substance use disorder here.