A study billed as a “first-of-a-kind” look at drug use among the college crowd found that there’s a season for toking.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) looked at drug use patterns among 383,000 college students and found that pot use peaks in June. According to a SAMHSA statement:

Combined 2002 to 2013 data from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health find that 383,000 full-time college students used marijuana for the first time in the past year – which averages out to about 1,000 new marijuana users each day. However, in June the level peaks at about 1,500 full-time college student marijuana initiates a day.

Strangely, the same was true for alcohol use, which you might think would peak in fall and winter — you know, just to keep warm. According to the administration’s statement:

Similarly, 450,000 underage full-time college students (aged 18 to 20) started drinking in the past year – about 1,200 a day on average throughout the year. Underage drinking initiation peaks among full-time college students in June with an average of 1,883 underage college students starting to drink each day.

December, however, was the time college kids used “non-medical” pain relievers the most, SAMHSA found. Maybe that’s to dull the pain of having to return home.

Non-medical stimulant use peaked in November, December, and April, researchers said.

“These findings show that college students are vulnerable to substance use at any time – not just when they are away at school,” said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Kana Enomoto. “That means that parents, college counselors, faculty members, staff, mentors, and other concerned people must take every opportunity to talk with college students about the risks of substance use and where they can turn to for help.”

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He's a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor's recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out: raul@the420times.com

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