New Study Links Teen Substance Use with Social Networking, Parent Attitude

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Just in time for back to school, Columbia University’s Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) issues its annual survey on teen drug use.

This year, CASA examined social networking habits, television viewing habits, and how parental attitude toward drug use. Of the 12-17 year olds surveyed, those who had seen pictures of peers drunk or using drugs online were four times more likely to use (and have access to) marijuana than those who hadn’t.

Those who watched “suggestive” television shows like MTV’s Skins and Jersey Shore were twice as likely to use tobacco, but only one-and-a-half times as likely to use marijuana.

Eighty-nine percent of parents surveyed didn’t think their child’s use of social networking made them more likely to use drugs.

The survey also found that a teen whose parents did not agree on what to say about drinking and drug use were twice and three-and-a-half times as more likely to engage in those activities than those who parents agreed.

Click here to download the survey.

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