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Q: Do you know if there has been a decline in psychedelic drug use in the last few years (particularly among the late-teens, early twenties age groups)? I'm talking about LSD, DMT, mushrooms, the hard stuff and not just pot.

A: There's a few good places to look up statistics about trends in usage. The one that seems most relevant to this question is the 'Monitoring the Future Survey' a government funded study conducted yearly of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.



According to the latest data (2000), the current rate of LSD use by high school students (6.6%) is approximately equal to the level it was at in 1993 (6.8\%), but that level rose between 1993 and 1996 (6.8\% - 8.8\%) and then dropped again between 1996 and 2000 (8.8\% - 6.6\%). The trends for Hallucinogens in general look similar (they don't keep specific data about DMT or Mushroom use. The full chart showing long term trends in use of various drugs by high school students in the past 30 days can be seen at :



http://monitoringthefuture.org/data/00data/pr00t6.pdf



For seeing a graph showing the ups and downs of LSD use, check out:


http://monitoringthefuture.org/data/00data/fig00_4.pdf



We have a statistics page that links to these primary resource, so you can dig around for yourself:




http://www.erowid.org/psychoactives/statistics/statistics.shtml




good luck

Asked By : scooter
Answered By : fire
Published Date : 12 / 21 / 2000
Last Edited Date : 12 / 24 / 2000
Question ID : 1691

Categories: [ Statistics ] [ Mushrooms (Psilocybin) ] [ LSD ]



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