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Date:8/24/2011

three times more likely to use marijuana than teens whose parents agree completely on what to say about drug use.
  • Teens whose parents do not agree completely with each other on what to say to their teen about drinking alcohol are twice as likely to use alcohol than teens whose parents agree.
  • Teens were also asked if they agreed with any of these statements: "If a friend of mine uses illegal drugs, it's none of my business," "I should be able to do what I want with my own body" or "It's not a big deal to have sex with someone you don't care that much about." Teens who supported any of those beliefs were three times more likely to use marijuana, twice as likely to drink alcohol and much more likely to smoke cigarettes than teens who disagreed with the statements.

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    The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has information for teens about drugs and addiction.

    SOURCES: Joseph Califano, Jr., founder and chairman, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, New York City; Michael Gilbert, senior fellow, Center for the Digital Future, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Aug. 24, 2011, National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI: Teens and Parents, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, New York City


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