Availability of LSD as perceived by U.S. 12th graders 1975-2019

In 2019, around 29 percent of 12th graders in the United States stated they felt it was “fairly easy” or “very easy” to obtain LSD. This is a significant decrease from 54 percent of 12th graders who perceived the drug to be easy to obtain in the year 1995. LSD is a hallucinogenic drug that can alter the user’s thoughts, feelings, and perception of reality.

Teen drug availability

Similar to LSD, 26.5 percent of 12th graders in the U.S. also perceived it easy to obtain cocaine. Perceived availability of cocaine among this group has decreased since the year 2007, in which 47 percent felt it was easy to obtain. Marijuana is the most used illicit drug among 12th graders, so it is unsurprising that perceived availability is high. In 2019, around 78 percent of 12th graders stated it was easy to obtain marijuana.

Drug use

Marijuana is the most popular illicit drug in the United States, with around 43 million people using this drug in the past year as of 2018. Cocaine is the second most commonly used illicit drug, followed by ecstasy and LSD. In total, around over 27 million people in the U.S. have used LSD in their lifetime.

Availability of LSD as perceived by U.S. 12th graders from 1975 to 2019*

Percentage saying “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get
2016 28%
2015 26.5%
2014 25.9%
2013 24.5%
2012 27.6%
2011 25.1%
2010 25.1%
2009 26.3%
2008 28.5%
2007 28.7%
2006 29%
2005 28.6%
2004 33.1%
2003 33.6%
2002 39.6%
2001 44.7%
2000 46.9%
1995 53.8%
1990 40.7%
1985 30.5%
1980 35.3%
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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period

1975 to 2019

Special properties

12th-grade students

Supplementary notes

* Percentage of 12th graders saying that it is “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get LSD.
Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed (12th graders since 1975, and 8th and 10th graders since 1991).

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