Each month, SRSLY and Project SUCCESS are sharing a statistic with youth and the community from the Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) survey.
SRSLY Check Your Stats: Marijuana
86% of Chelsea High School students have not used marijuana in the past 30 days, and 99% of Beach Middle School students have not used marijuana in the past 30 days (Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth – MiPHY 2018*).
Did You Know?
According to the Monitoring the Future Survey from 2018, 4% of eighth grade students, 12% of sophomores, and 18% of seniors vaped marijuana in the past 30 days (MTF 2018).
Ask Your Family
The average age a student tries substances is 13 years old (MiPHY), and more and more teens are seeing substances as less risky. The percentage of students who report that marijuana use puts people at risk for harm is decreasing significantly (MiPHY 2018 and MTF 2018). When youth see something as less risky, they are more likely to try it.
Vaping might also be leading to an increase use of marijuana. According to a research study published in the JAMA Pediatrics’ medical journal, when someone age 10-24 uses a vape or electronic cigarette, it also makes them 3.5 times more likely to start using marijuana compared to those who do not use a vape.
Talk with your family about the risks and consequences of vaping and marijuana use at a young age. View SRSLY’s FAQ to learn how marijuana use is especially harmful to youth.
Interested in starting a conversation with your kids about this, check out more resources for parents at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids .
*Data from the 2020 MiPHY survey will be available this spring.