Archive for Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Talking drugs by the numbers

March 12, 2002



Percentage of teens questioned who said that they can recall a parent's conversation about drugs.


Percentage of teens who say they're learning a lot at home about the risks of drugs.


Percentage of fourth-graders who wish parents would talk with them about drugs.


Percentage of 12th-graders who aren't regular drug users. Teens need to know that they're not the only ones making drug-free choices.

12, 13, 14

Average age at which children begin using tobacco, alcohol and marijuana, respectively.


Percent of parents surveyed who thought their children had tried marijuana. That represents about half the number of teens who say they have actually tried it.

4 p.m.-6 p.m.

The "danger zone" for teen-age drug use.


Percentage of American teen-agers with "hands-on" parents  those who establish consistent rules and expectations of behavior in their households. About 18 percent are deemed "hands-off" or absentee parents, and 55 percent are categorized as "halfhearted" or inconsistent.

 Sources: People Reaching Out, California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information

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