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More college students using marijuana daily

Sep 1, 2015

More and more college students are using marijuana on a daily basis.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future program has been studying the drug habits of college students for 35 years. 

Its latest report finds nearly 6% of college students use marijuana daily. That’s the highest percentage since 1980. Rates of frequent marijuana use are also higher. 

Researchers note the growth in marijuana use corresponds with a dramatic decline in the percentage of young people who see daily pot use as "dangerous."

College students’ use of any illicit drugs is on the rise generally. Thirty-four percent of college students in 2006 admitted to using some illicit drugs during the previous 12 months. That percentage increased to 41% in 2013 before falling to 39% in 2014.

In addition to marijuana, college students are using more amphetamines and ecstasy.

Heroin, LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs remain in low demand, according to the U of M study.