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Rap Music Glorifying Drug Use
Date:4/1/2008

linked to high numbers of Houston teens abusing codeine-laced cough syrup.

"Rap music is like CNN for black teens. But much of what is discussed in rap is in code. The kids understand, but parents don't," said Herd, who recommended parents monitor their children's music and learn about the terms used in popular songs.

The study was published in the April issue of Addiction Research & Theory.

Earlier research by Herd found that alcohol use is increasingly glorified in rap music.

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The Nemours Foundation offers advice to parents about discussing drugs with their children.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Addiction Research & Theory, April 2008


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