Parents Talk Drugs More With Kids

Parents Talk Drugs More With Kids
Posted by FoM on April 10, 2000 at 19:44:37 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: New York Times
More parents are speaking frankly with their children about drugs, but many of them fear -- incorrectly -- that the message is not getting through, according to a study by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The group's 12th survey, released Monday, found that 57 percent of parents said they have spoken with their children at least four times in the past year about drug use. Sixty-four percent said they have ``thoroughly'' covered the topic. 
In 1998, just 44 percent of parents said they had spoken with their children at least four times. In the same year, 52 percent of parents felt they had ``thoroughly'' covered the topic with their children. The latest survey also found that one out of three parents believes ``what I say will have little influence on whether my child tries marijuana.'' ``With teen-agers, many things go in one ear and out the other,'' said Richard D. Bonnette, president and chief executive of the partnership. ``But what parents are saying about drugs appears to be sticking.'' A study last year by the partnership indicated that teen-age approval of marijuana and other drugs was declining. The latest study also found that 75 percent of parents believe ``most people will try marijuana sometime'' -- an increase from 65 percent in 1995. The survey found that most often a child's mother was responsible for drug education. Eighty-one percent of the mothers surveyed said they spoke with their children about drugs; for fathers, the figure was 63 percent. While 57 percent of the parents acknowledged having smoked marijuana, they said there is no hypocrisy in warning their kids to avoid drugs. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, launched in 1987, is a nonprofit coalition of communications industry professionals. Its latest survey questioned 800 parents. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.6 percentage points. On the Net: Full survey at: Ask questions, give answers and tell other readers what you know. Join Abuzz, a new knowledge network from The New York Times.  New York (AP) Published: April 10, 2000Copyright 2000 The New York Times Company Related Articles & Web Site:Family Watch Use of Club Drug Ecstasy Up 55% Abuse Among Teenagers Leveling Off 
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Comment #4 posted by dddd on April 12, 2000 at 08:03:13 PT
Thank You nl5x.I knew the facts and figures were out there somewhere.....Sincerely..dddd
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Comment #3 posted by nl5x on April 11, 2000 at 15:47:30 PT
The US magazine of investigative journalism "The Nation", has delved into the people behind the (Partnership for a Drug Free America), the supposed, non profit organisation. A probe by The Nation (18) revealed that the Partnership had accepted $5.4 million in contributions from legal drug manufacturers, while producing ads that overlooked the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and pills. This "drug free" crusade is actually a silent partner to the drug industry, condoning the use of ‘good drugs’ by targeting only the ‘bad’ones.The Partnership’s funders are usually kept secret, but investigation by The Nation revealed that from 1988 - 1991, pharmaceutical companies and their beneficiaries contributed as follows:. The J Steward Johnson, Sr Charitable Trusts ($1 1000 000). Du Pont ($150 000). The Procter & Gamble Fund ($120 000). The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation ($110 000). Johnson & Johnson ($11 000). Smith Kline Beecham ($100 000). The Merck Foundation ($75 000). And Hoffman-La Roche ($30 000)Also $150 000 each from Philip Morris, Anheuser-Busch and RJR Renyolds plus $100 000 from American Brands (Jim Beam and Lucky Strike
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Comment #2 posted by Kanabys on April 11, 2000 at 07:04:17 PT
I think that the term "drug free america" is a gigantic oxymoron. It's never been that way and never will be!!
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Comment #1 posted by dddd on April 10, 2000 at 20:40:18 PT
What a bunch of CRAP!
Another cute little press release comes through the AP,from your helpful friends at the non profit PDFA. It makes me sneer when I see a report like this.I think this is a stupid little fake survey.If they actually did talk to 800 parents,and the figures are all accurate,so what!All this article is for is to justify funding of this "non-profit"puppet of the ONDCP,and the DEA. I think the PDFA is a worthless and phony organization that was conjured up,and fabricated by the DEA/ONDCP,to try and put a nice little mask,on an ugly brutal war...........dddd
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