A survey of parental attitudes toward teenage drug use shows that parents are not explaining the risk of drug use to their kids as did parents of teenagers a few years ago, says USA Today. Only 85 percent of parents in last year’s survey said they had talked to their children at least once in the last 12 months about drugs. That compares with 98 percent in 1997 who said they had. The danger in not talking is that parents convey a lax attitude toward illegal drug use, says Steve Dnistrian of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, which sponsored the survey.
Today’s parents came of age when pot smoking reached an all time high and they feel that talking to their kids about drugs would be hypocritical, Dnistrian says. The survey of 1,205 parents indicated that they see less risk in using certain drugs, such as marijuana. Eleven percent of the parents surveyed said they used marijuana in the past year.