Study shows pandemic related drop in youth marijuana use
According to a recent survey from the MetroWest Health Foundation the pandemic may have resulted in a decrease in youth marijuana use. The MetroWest Daily News recently shared the results of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey showing that as of fall 2021, 21% of the MetroWest students said they have used marijuana. This is a 10% drop from three years ago when 31% of students were reporting marijuana use. The amount of youth that reported current marijuana use, defined as use within the past 30 days, has also dropped from 21% in 2018 to 12% in 2021.
Stay-at-home orders and remote learning for students during the pandemic is thought to have contributed to less social interaction among youth, which in turn resulted in less chances for marijuana use. The results also showed that youth with disabilities are more likely to report current marijuana use than youth without disabilities.