Most parents are naive.    That’s the finding from a new Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse study, found here.    The study arrives on the first day of National Drug Awareness Week in Canada.   The two key findings:

  • 70 per cent of Canadian parents surveyed don’t think their kids (aged 12-17) have experimented with drugs; and
  • 80 per cent of parents say they are confident they would recognize signs of drug use in someone close to them.

But information uncovered in the study shows that one in three teens between the ages of 15-17 and half the children between the ages of 18-21 have smoked marijuana in the past year.

An Ontario Student Drug Use Health Survey also found that Canadian children as young as 11 years-old had tried marijuana.   Overall Canadians smoke more marijuana than any other developed nation.

The most glaring problem was with prescription drug abuse.    92% of Canadian parents believed that their teen had not ever stolen a pill from the medicine cabinet.   But 18% of junior high and high school students said they had raided the medicine cabinet to get high.

These alarming types of reports show that parents cannot rely on their own judgment because they are not experienced in the field of drug abuse.

Home drug testing teens is the safest, most accurate, and most reliable way to ensure your teen is clean.   For information on home drug test kits, click on for education on how home drug test kits work, and why you should have one if you have teens.