Monitoring the Future: National Survey Results on Drug Use

By Alden Hori, PhD
Target Audience:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Delivery Method: Online
Credits: 3 CE Credit Hours


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Dr. Hori earned a PhD in psychology from the University of California at Riverside. He was an Associate-In Professor and Research Assistant at the University of California at Riverside, where he supervised the completion of over 50 research projects in psychology. He is credited with three publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Content By: The report, Monitoring the Future, National Survey Results on Drug Use was developed by Lloyd Johnston, PhD, Patrick M. O'Malley, PhD, Jerald G. Bachman, PhD., John E. Schulenberg, PhD., from The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. The survey in this report was completed in 2014. 

Course Description:

Substance use by young American people has proven to be a rapidly changing phenomenon, requiring frequent assessments and reassessments. The 2014 Monitoring the Future survey encompassed about 41,600 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students in 377 secondary schools nationwide. Recent trends in the use of licit and illicit drugs are emphasized, as well as trends in the levels of perceived risk and personal disapproval associated with each drug. This project has shown these beliefs and attitudes to be particularly important in explaining trends in use. In addition, trends in the perceived availability of each drug are presented, which at times have proven important to explaining changes in usage levels.

Research about the following are included: marijuana, synthetic marijuana, inhalants, LSD, cocaine, crack, amphetamines, methamphetamine and crystal methamphetamine (Ice), heroin, other narcotic drugs including OxyContin and Vicodin, tranquilizers, sedatives (barbiturates), ecstasy (MDMA) and other “club drugs”, alcohol, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, small cigars and tobacco using a hookah, and steroids.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Evaluate the trends in the use of various drugs among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders across the United States.
  2. Evaluate the perceived risk in the use of various drugs among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders across the United States.
  3. Evaluate the personal disapproval of various drugs among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders across the United States.
  4. Evaluate the availability of various drugs among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders across the United States.

Course Format:

Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete a multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete a course evaluation. 


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