Teenage drug use linked to parenting problems


Friday 15th August, 2008

family therapyA new survey has blamed the rise in teenage drug abuse to parents who fail to properly monitor their children’s activities.

Parents with children of school-age are playing a major contribution to teen drug abuse by ignoring their child’s behaviour and activity and leaving prescription drugs within easy reach.

The survey targets parents who make it easy for their teenagers to smoke, drink or take illegal and prescription drugs by not knowing their child’s whereabouts on school nights. They are also failing to keep their own medications out of reach and not communicating with their children about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.

73% of teenagers surveyed in the US said school stress was the main reason for using drugs, but only 7% of parents recognised this as a possible reason for drug abuse by their children.

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