Monitoring the Future: Drug Use and Lifestyles of American Youth
5/2017 – 3/2022
Monitoring the Future provides the nation with annual indicators of the use of licit and illicit drugs, and related attitudes and beliefs. MTF is an ongoing epidemiological and etiological research and reporting project begun in 1975. In addition to being a basic research study, MTF has become one of the nation’s most relied upon sources of information on emerging trends in illicit drug, alcohol, and tobacco use among American adolescents, college students, and young and middle-aged adults. Nationally representative samples of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students (about 47,000 students in 400 schools per year) will be surveyed annually from 2017 to 2022.
Monitoring the Future: A Cohort-Sequential Panel Study of Drug Use, Ages 19–60
5/2017 – 3/2022
An ongoing series of cohort-sequential panel studies to examine changes in substance use and related factors across the life course and across historical period, using large nationally representative samples of high school graduates, from the end of high school through age 60. The study examines social and environmental factors and processes, including life-course transitions that may explain change. The target samples are drawn randomly from graduating classes of high school senior participants from the Monitoring the Future surveys.
State Medical Marijuana Laws and MTF Teen Marijuana Use and Attitudes Since 1991
8/2012 – 7/2017
The goal of this study is to examine the effects of medical marijuana legislature on adolescent drug use
attitudes and behaviors. The study will involve analyses of Monitoring the Future (MTF) data to investigate the
relationship between state medical marijuana laws and adolescent marijuana use, incorporating additional
state-level variables from other sources.