The Kids Are Alright – The Atlantic

I think this does not apply to the Filipino youth.


The results of the Monitoring the Future survey, released yearly by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, should be encouraging for any parent concerned about today’s youth.

Kids these days are drinking less: “Since the recent peak rate of 61 percent in 1997, there has been a fairly steady downward march in alcohol use among adolescents,” said Lloyd Johnston, the study’s principal investigator, in a statement. “The proportion of teens reporting any alcohol use in the prior year has fallen by about a third.”

Percent of Teens Who Said They Drank in the Past Year

Olga Khazan

They are taking fewer painkillers. “Past-year use of the opioid pain reliever Vicodin showed a significant five-year drop, with 4.8 percent of 12th graders using Vicodin for non-medical reasons, half of what it was just five years ago, at 9.7 percent,” the study authors write.

In fact, high schoolers are taking less of pretty much all prescription drugs, other than Adderall and other stimulants:

Past Five Year Use of Prescription Drugs Among 12th Graders

University of Michigan 2014 Monitoring the Future Study

What’s more, they’re using less of pretty much every drug.

Here are some highlights from the report:

“The proportion of 12th-graders reporting use of synthetic marijuana [K2 or “spice”] in the prior 12 months has fallen by nearly half. It was 11 percent when first included in the survey in 2011 and was down to 6 percent in 2014.”

“Ecstasy (MDMA) use showed a statistically significant decline in 2014. For the three grades combined use in the prior 12 months dropped from 2.8 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014. In 2001, the peak year of use, the rate had reached 6 percent.”

via The Kids Are Alright – The Atlantic.