Monday, August 18, 2008

Parents, Get A Clue About Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse

This just in. It seems that parents are clueless when it comes to their teenagers’ behavior, which contributes to their drug and alcohol abuse. This LA Times article reports the findings of a survey conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, "Problem parents contribute to teen drug use." The report singles out parents for contributing to drug and alcohol use among kids ages 12 to 17. It states that some parents fail to monitor their children's activities, do not safeguard medications at home that can be used for abuse, and do not set good examples for their kids.

According to the survey:

  1. It is easier for teenagers to obtain prescription drugs than beer
  2. 42% of teenagers said they can buy marijuana in one day or less
  3. 1/4th of teenagers said they know a parent of a classmate or a friend who uses marijuana
  4. Of the teenagers surveyed who do drink, almost 30% said their drink of choice was hard liquor mixed with soda or something sweet and 16% said they preferred beer
Additional free resources related to teen drug and alcohol abuse:
  1. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University website
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens website
  3. Parents - The Anti-Drug website
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1 comment:

Danielle said...

It's bad enough that some parents are ignorant to the fact that thier teen is out drinking or smoking pot when they think they are doing homework at a friends.

What is worse is parents who buy alcohol for teens and allow them to drink in their house. You are not doing your kid any favors. You are breaking the law and contributing to minors under the influence. You are their parents, not their friends. If more parents acted like parents and less like friends, less teens would use drugs, as they would have boundries and rules to follow.

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