For the first time ever, more college age students report using marijuana more often than smoking cigarettes. The University of Michigan released a new study titled “Monitoring the Future” and it shows marijuana use is at its highest rate in 35 years. It shows that one in 17 college age students smoke marijuana at least 20 times a month.
Dr. Jeff Baldwin is a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Pharmacy and he is not surprised at all. He says, “Among young people smoking among young people isn’t nearly as socially acceptable as marijuana use is becoming.”
The report also shows that binge drinking and alcohol consumption is on the decline but young adults are using more ecstasy and cocaine.
Dr. Baldwin says another interesting fact is drug use among college age students is seasonal. He says right now the drug of choice is stimulants as they try to keep up with their studies. He says recreational drug use typically peaks during the summer months when students have more time on their hands.