Study Finds Less Teens Are Doing Drugs

Thanks to frank talks with their parents, teens' use of certain drugs appears to be declining.

A new study from the partnership for a Drug-Free America finds 37-percent of teens say they've "learned a lot" about the risks of drugs from their parents. That's an increase of 16-percent from the previous year. Studies show that when parents talk with their teenage sons and daughters about drug risks, they're much less likely to abuse them.

In fact, this latest study also shows meth use among teens has dropped by a quarter in the past three years. Even though marijuana is the most widely used drug among teens, the study shows marijuana use has declined by 30-percent over the past 10 years.

While this is encouraging, less than a quarter of teens said their parents have talked with them about the dangers of abusing prescription and over-the-counter drugs. About one in five said they'd abused a prescription drug.


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