Data and Statistics
There are a variety of sources of information available to monitor the prevalence and trends regarding marijuana use in the United States. The resources below cover a variety of marijuana-related issues, including data around usage, emergency room data, substance use and abuse data, policy measures, and other related tools.
National Surveys That Collect Information About Marijuana Use
- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) [PDF – 535KB] World’s largest, continuously conducted telephone survey that tracks health behaviors, chronic diseases, and preventive health practices among noninstitutionalized adults in the United States.
- Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) Monitors six categories of priority health risk behaviors, including marijuana use, among high school youth at the national, state, and local levels.
- Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Collects state-specific, population-based data on marijuana use before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.
- National Health And Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Assesses the health and nutritional status of adults and children, aged 12 years and older, in the united states. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations. Voluntary drug use questions ask about ever use of marijuana, age of first use, age when starting to use marijuana regularly, amount used, frequency of use, and time since last use. These data are available from the 2005-2007 survey period onward.
OTHER NATIONAL SURVEYS
- National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) NSDUH is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population, ages 12 and older.
- Monitoring the Future Survey Ongoing and long-term system, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) that collects data on the behaviors, attitudes, and values regarding substance use of American teens, college students, and adults. Each year a total of approximately 50,000 students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades are surveyed about substance use, including marijuana, and a subset are sent follow-up questionnaires through age 45 years.
- National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) NDEWS monitors drug use trends in 12 sentinel communities across the United States. Sentinel Site profiles describing drug abuse trends and emerging issues are available on the NDEWS website.
National Programs That Collect Information About Marijuana Policies
- Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) A policy monitoring system sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) that provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both state and federal levels. The system was expanded in 2016 to include policies related to legalizing the cultivation, sale, or use of cannabis for other than medical purposes, together with policies imposing various prohibitions and restrictions on such practices.
Trends and Statistics
- Monitoring the Future Survey: High School and Youth Trends Describes high school and youth trends for drug use and addiction, as presented in the annual Monitoring the Future survey. Includes emphasis on marijuana, cigarettes, alcohol, and prescription drugs.
- Nationwide Trends Describes nationwide trends in drug abuse and addiction, focusing on past-month use for illicit drugs (including marijuana and prescription drugs), alcohol, and tobacco.
- Treatment Statistics Reports data on the number of people in need of drug abuse treatment and characteristics of admissions to substance abuse treatment facilities.
- Page last reviewed: April 20, 2018
- Page last updated: April 20, 2018
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