Power Session: Youth Drug Use Trends: NIDA Update and Priorities
A comprehensive picture of drug use trends among youth is critical for communities to effectively target prevention efforts. Multiple sources of data can help, on a national, regional and local level. National surveillance systems include the NIDA supported Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), all of which survey drug and alcohol use and related attitudes among adolescents nationwide. Other specialized national studies provide useful additional information and many states and local areas have their own surveillance systems. Recently, survey findings have had direct policy impacts as precipitous increases in vaping shown by the survey led to tightened regulation of vaping products. This session will highlight the most recent findings on drug use trends among youth and discuss implications to inform current and future prevention planning.
1) Describe the major national sources of drug use data
2) Identify the most recent drug use trends among youth
3) Describe implications of findings to community prevention planning and research priorities