Monitoring the Future (MTF) is an ongoing, long-term study that surveys trends in legal and illicit drug use among American adolescents and adults as well as personal levels of perceived risk and disapproval for each drug. The survey is conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and funded by research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This annual study has been conducted since 1975 and provides the largest data set on drug use in the U.S.
The most recent study results were highlighted by the troubling finding that marijuana and hallucinogen use for young adults 19 to 30 years old increased significantly in 2021 compared to levels of use five and 10 years ago.
Other important findings include:
- Alcohol remains the most-used substance among adults
- Daily marijuana use (use on 20 or more occasions in the past 30 days) reached the highest levels ever recorded since these trends were first monitored in 1988.