Jan. 5, 2022 – Almost 1 in 5 folks within the U.S. age 12 or older stated they used marijuana in 2021, in line with new federal survey outcomes.

Among the many 52 million individuals who stated they used marijuana up to now 12 months, younger adults ages 18 to 25 had been the probably to report doing so, at 35%. That age group was additionally the probably to report having a psychological sickness up to now 12 months, at 34%.

The findings had been a part of the annual Nationwide Survey on Drug Use and Well being launched Wednesday by the Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being Companies Administration. 

“Because the findings clarify, tens of millions of Individuals younger and previous confronted psychological well being and substance use challenges – typically each directly – in the course of the second 12 months of the pandemic,” U.S. Division of Well being and Human Companies Secretary Xavier Becerra stated in a assertion.

The survey happened each in particular person and on-line, and as a result of modifications in the way it was achieved, officers stated the info can’t be precisely in comparison with the outcomes of earlier years. However there have been many indicators that drug use and psychological sickness elevated with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total, the 2021 survey outcomes confirmed that 57.8% of individuals age 12 or older at present use tobacco, alcohol, or a bootleg drug, together with 47.5% who stated they drink alcohol, 19.5% who stated they use tobacco merchandise, and 14.3% who stated they use illicit medicine. Present use was outlined as utilizing a substance inside the month earlier than taking the survey.

Along with being probably the most prevalent age group amongst marijuana customers and people with psychological sickness, 18- to 25-year-olds had been the probably to have a substance use dysfunction up to now 12 months. The survey confirmed that 94% of individuals with a substance use dysfunction didn’t get remedy, and researchers wrote that “almost all folks with a substance use dysfunction who didn’t get remedy at a specialty facility didn’t suppose they wanted remedy.”

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