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College and young adult drug use data now available online


May 31, 2016

Also new: list of college programs in addiction studies

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is pleased to announce that the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) national survey results for full-time college students, and young people of the same age not attending college, are now available online. Updated infographics showing survey highlights are now also available, as well as a new comprehensive resource highlighting undergraduate and graduate addiction studies programs at campuses around the country.

Drug and Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults in 2014

The latest (2014) college age MTF data shows that more students are using marijuana daily than are drinking alcohol daily. Survey results suggest that the non-medical use of the stimulant Adderall is higher for the college group than their non-college peers; and there has been an uptick in cocaine use among college students. For the first time, the use of e-cigarettes was surveyed, with nearly 10 percent of college students reporting past month use. Use of smoking tobacco with a hookah pipe is also high -- with nearly one-third of college students reporting past year use, up significantly from last year. Also in 2014, smoking half a pack or more of cigarettes a day is four times as prevalent among non-college students than their peers in college (10.1 percent compared to 2.4 percent).

College Addiction Studies Programs

For the first time, NIDA has posted a comprehensive list of 400 undergraduate and graduate programs in addiction studies at colleges and universities around the country. The list offers the name and location of the programs, with links and contact information. Colleges and universities offering career studies related to addiction and public health, social work and behavioral/medical degrees are encouraged to connect with NIDA to see if their programs qualify for inclusion in the list.

The webpage also includes ongoing links to statistics and trends, treatment guides, information about careers in addiction science, as well as related videos, publications, articles, and other materials related to the young adults age group.

For more information on NIDA’s College-Age & Young Adults webpage, go to

For more information, contact the NIDA press office at media@nida.nih.gov or 301-443-6245. Follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.

NIDA Press Office

About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to drugpubs@nida.nih.gov. Online ordering is available at drugpubs.drugabuse.gov. NIDA’s media guide can be found at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/dear-journalist, and its easy-to-read website can be found at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov. You can follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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    NIDA. (2016, May 31). College and young adult drug use data now available online. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2016/05/college-young-adult-drug-use-data-now-available-online

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