Results of the annual American National Institute on Drug Abuse survey Monitoring the Future were released yesterday, revealing the patterns of drug use and perception in young people in America.

The survey of over 46,000 year 8, 10 and 12 students found that the use of many drugs including alcohol, methamphetamines, cocaine, hallucinogens and cigarettes has declined, while the use of prescription and over the counter drugs remained constant. A recent downward trend for the use of marijuana stalled, with rates the same as 5 years ago.

The perception of the danger of some drugs however decreased markedly, with LSD, ecstasy and marijuana now perceived as not as harmful as they have been perceived in past surveys.

For more information, head to the Monitoring the Future website.

Writer Tristan Boyd, Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.