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Monitoring The Future National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975–2020: Volume II, College Students and Adults Ages 19–60

The present volume presents new 2020 findings from the U.S. national Monitoring the Future (MTF) follow-up study concerning substance use among the nation’s college students and adults ages 19 through 60. The 2020 data collections occurred during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020 through November 2020). The data demonstrates the possible pandemic effects on prevalence and trends of substance use among the MTF young and middle-aged adults. Marijuana use was at a historic high among college-aged adults in 2020. Marijuana vaping and nicotine vaping leveled off in 2020 after sharp increases reported every year since 2017 for both college students and same-aged respondents who are not in college. There was a significant increase in the annual use of hallucinogens, and a substantial and significant drop in current alcohol use between 2019 and 2020.
This report, “Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975–2020: Volume II, College students and adults ages 19–60,” was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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