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Monitoring the Future

Revised November 2018

2018 Monitoring the Future Results to be Released on December 17, 2018

Since 1975 the MTF survey has measured drug and alcohol use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. Survey participants report their drug use behaviors across three time periods: lifetime, past year, and past month. Overall, 43,703 students from 360 public and private schools participated in this year's Monitoring the Future survey. The survey is funded by the NIDA, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and conducted by the University of Michigan.

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Results from the Survey are released each fall. To get the latest information, check the links below. Note: The findings and conclusions in these reports are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the NIH.

2017 Monitoring the Future Survey

Dr. Nora Volkow Discusses the 2017 MTF Results

Dr. Wilson Compton on the 2017 MTF Results

2016 Monitoring the Future Survey

NIDA Director Summarizes Monitoring the Future Survey Highlights

The Impact of Changing Social Behaviors on Teen Drug Use

Dr. Wilson Compton on MTF and Nicotine Use

NIDA grantee Dr. Lloyd Johnston:
Through the Years

NIDA grantee Dr. Lloyd JohnstonNIDA grantee Dr. Lloyd Johnston

NIDA grantee Dr. Lloyd Johnston, who 42 years ago designed and began the Nation’s annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, hangs up his hat next year as the survey’s Principal Investigator. In 1975, Johnston oversaw the first nationwide survey of about 16,000 seniors in more than 130 public and private high schools nationwide, recruiting all of the high school principals himself. The survey has now grown to more than 45,000 participants from close to 400 schools around the country. Dr. Johnston will continue to advise the new survey leadership. In this video, Dr. Johnston talks about four decades of research into teen drug use and attitudes.

NIDA Pays Tribute to Dr. Lloyd Johnston

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2015 Monitoring the Future Survey

NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow discusses 2015 MTF survey results: Illicit and Prescription Drugs

NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow discusses 2015 MTF survey results: Tobacco

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Archived Monitoring the Future Surveys

This page was last updated November 2018

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    Range and Limitations of the Monitoring the Future Survey

    Range and Limitations of the Monitoring the Future Survey

    Recorded December 2017

    Monitoring the Future

    NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse