More than 13% of young adults not in college report daily, or near daily, marijuana use; alcohol use is more common among college students; some opioid use is declining in both groups; and the most-sizable difference is the higher rate of cigarette smoking in the noncollege group --so says the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, Md., which has announced the latest Monitoring the Future survey results on substance use trends. MTF compares substance use patterns of full-time college students to their noncollege peers (ages 19-22).
Among the survey highlights:
* Daily, or near daily, marijuana use among noncollege young adults is nearly three times as high as among college students.
* For the first time, questions about vaping marijuana were added to the survey. Past-month use is higher among noncollege young adults (7.8%) than among college students (5.2%).
* With respect to past-month use, alcohol consumption among college students (62%) is higher than in noncollege peers (56.4%). Additionally, mixing alcohol with energy drinks is higher among college students...