POLL: How often do you talk to your children about the dangers of tobacco, drugs and alcohol?

May 15, 2014

Every two years, Patrick Walsh, substance abuse prevention coordinator for Healthy Waldo County, said, Maine's high- and middle-school students have taken the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, which offers statistical data about the students' own experiences with tobacco, alcohol and drugs and gauges how those topics are approached in their own families.

The findings from the 2011 survey, which is the most recent data Walsh has to-date, showed high school students who do not believe their parents are concerned about marijuana use are more than four times more likely to use it than their peers whose families take a harder position on its use.

 

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