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Study: Parents in denial as teen drug use grows

August 16, 2007

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— Teenagers say drug problems at school are getting worse, and parents express doubts about ever making such schools drug free, a new study says.

The percentage of teens who say they attend high schools with drug problems has increased from 44 percent to 61 percent since 2002, and the percentage in middle schools has increased from 19 percent to 31 percent, according to the survey to be released today by Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

Four in five teens in high school told researchers they have witnessed the use, sale or possession of illegal drugs on high school grounds, or seen someone who was drunk or high on campus.

Some 13 percent of teens said they had tried marijuana.

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Confrontation 7 years, 2 months ago

Many parents ignore the fact that their medicine cabinet full of prescription meds is being emptied by their child.

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coolmom 7 years, 2 months ago

i am on top of my kids about behavior and right and wrong. last year a junior high councilor told me to try a more laid back approach when i refused to allow my kids to hang out with friends who were drinking and doing other things. 2 started high school this week and say they have already seen some inappropriate things. i have to hope my kids will listen and learn and not do some of these things. it is scary for parents though.

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