Report Finds Lax Attitude On Teens, Prescription Drug Abuse

WASHINGTON (April 23, 2013)—A new report released by The Partnership at, says that when teens were asked about the last substance abuse conversation they had with their parents, just 14 percent said they talked about abusing a prescription drug like Ritalin or Adderall.

By comparison, most teens, 81 percent, said they have talked about marijuana risks with their parents and almost the same number said they have discussed alcohol and almost one-third said they have talked about crack and cocaine.

The survey found that one in six parents believe using prescription drugs to get high is safer than street drugs and almost one-third of the parents said attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications can improve a child's academic or testing performance even if the teen does not have ADHD.

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