Question: What is the “Monitoring the Future (MTF)” study?
Answer: Since 1975 the MTF survey has measured drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. Survey participants report their drug use behaviors across three time periods: lifetime, past year, and past month. Overall, 45,473 students from 372 public and private schools participated in this year's Monitoring the Future survey. The survey is funded by the NIDA, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and conducted by the University of Michigan. Results from the Survey are released each fall. (https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/monitoring-future; accessed September 2017)