We know young people are more likely to use drugs than older people, but do we really know what kinds of drugs young people are taking? According to a new study, we can figure it out through text messages.
Addiction.com decided to examine a website called Texts From Last Night to figure out what kind of drugs young people are talking about. For those who don't know, Text From Last Night is a website where users can submit funny, weird or disturbing texts they sent late at night, usually under the influence of some sort of substance. The researchers at Addiction figured that this website would give insight into the habits of people who party hard and most likely use illicit substances.
According to their research, meth is the most texted about drug on the website with about 26 percent of narcotics mentions involving it. Second was heroin, with cocaine in third place. Marijuana, which is probably the most used drug by young people, came in only in fourth, barely beating out LSD.
When it came to whether the drug being used led to a good or bad night, cocaine came in number one for producing a good night. Marijuana and heroin were basically tied for second place at producing a good night.
However when it came to which drugs produced bad nights, heroin topped the list followed by LSD. Ecstasy and, believe it or not, meth came in last for producing bad nights.
Of course, this is hardly a scientific study. The whole point of the website is to make entertaining text messages that people will think are funny, so therefore you'd have to assume most of them are either fake or highly exaggerated. So it's pretty unlikely that young people are using meth, heroin and cocaine at much higher quantities than marijuana.
Head over to Addictions.com for more info and charts about the study.