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Parents can prevent teens’ drug use despite doubts, report finds

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | May 25, 2013

Parents can prevent teens’ drug use despite doubts, report finds

Do you talk to your kids about tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use?

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has revealed some interesting findings on the amount of influence parents think they have over their teens when it comes to preventing them from using illicit drugs, tobacco or alcohol.

In fact, the new report reveals that parents are among the most effective factors in preventing children’s substance use. Unfortunately, there are a lot of parents who don’t think this is the case. The reports shows that 22.3 percent of parents believe what they talk about with their teens has very little impact on whether or not their child takes drugs, smokes tobacco products or drinks alcohol.

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