Pandemic Drives Decline in Teen Drug Use

KATY, Texas, Jan. 28, 2022 /Christian Newswire/ — The percentage of teens using illicit substances dropped significantly in 2021 as the pandemic forced them into isolating from friends, classrooms and extracurricular activities.

Alcohol, marijuana and nicotine vaping – the most commonly used substances by teens – all showed significant declines from 2020. The findings were released by the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study.

Richard Capriola, the author of The Addicted Child: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse noted “Whether the decline in teen drug use continues beyond the pandemic is yet to be seen.” He noted that teen drug use, especially vaping of nicotine and marijuana, had reached alarming levels just prior to the pandemic.

SOURCE Author Richard Capriola