Study: Lax attitude on teens and Rx drug abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report suggests teens and parents aren’t talking about prescription drug abuse as much as they should.

The report, being released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, 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. Almost the same number said they have discussed alcohol and almost one-third said they have talked about crack and cocaine.

The survey says one in six parents believe using prescription drugs to get high is safer than street drugs. 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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