Daily Pot Use Among College Students Hits 30-Year High
High times in college are getting higher. According to a new survey, the percentage of U.S. college students who smoke marijuana nearly every day has reached an all-time high.
The survey, conducted at the University of Michigan, revealed that in 2014, 5.9 percent of college students reported smoking marijuana 20 or more times in the prior month, which is a 3.5 percent increase from 2007.
This new, near-daily use of marijuana is more common than smoking a cigarette daily for the first time. Just 5.2 percent of college students reported smoking a cigarette a day, which is a 19 percent decrease from 1999.
Additionally, the rate of students who use marijuana at least once a month has increased from 17 percent in 2006 to 21 percent in 2014. And students who reported using the drug at least once a year increased from 30 percent in 2006 to 34 percent in 2014. Also, the survey suggests there's been a significant increase in marijuana use among high school students.
The survey likewise revealed that non-medical use of amphetamines such as Adderall has increased 5.7 percent since 2008 – likely as a result of students hoping to improve their studies and test performance.
Researchers speculate that recent the increase in marijuana use is likely tied to the change in how people view the drug. In 2006, 55 percent of 19-22 year-olds said they believed marijuana to be dangerous, but in 2014, only 35 percent said they felt that way.
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