Parents are naive.
Ask most addiction and treatment
specialists and they will tell you that one of the more well-used
phrases from parents of adolescents is, “It’s not child.”
CS Mott Children’s Hospital poll, released today, indicates that the
thinking still exists in a society of surging teen prescription drug
use, and stories of kids getting high or dying from synthetic marijuana
and synthetic ecstasy.
According to the study, which polled
parents of children ages 13-17, only 1/3 of the parents believe drugs
are problem for children, and 1/5 believe alcohol is a problem in the
When it comes to whether or not THEIR kids is using,
10% of parents believe that their child has used alcohol in the last
year. 5% believe their child used marijuana in the same time period.
most recent usage information from the Monitoring the Future study
shows that those numbers are much higher. 52% of children say they
have used alcohol in the last year, and 28% have used marijuana.
parents are behind the times. Alcohol and marijuana are everywhere.
Kids have it, sell it, and use it frequently. They know this because
when asked how many kids use it. They reported that 40% of OTHER kids
use marijuana and 60% or more of OTHER kids used alcohol.
believe that more kids are using than actually are, but in that inflated
number, they still can’t fathom that their child is among those users.
Parents need to wake up and realize that alcohol and drugs are a big part of the high school and even middle school cultures.