September 29, 1999
Parents, church linked to drug-free kids
___WASHINGTON (BP)--Close relationships with both parents, regular attendance at religious services and drug-free schools are factors that result in teenagers being far less likely to use drugs, according to a new survey.
___The fifth annual report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse showed the teens who are safest from the risk of using drugs "are those living in two-parent homes who have an excellent or very good relationship with both parents, eat dinner and attend religious services regularly as a family, go to 'both parents equally' when they have important decisions to make, have discussed illegal drugs with both parents and report their mom and dad are 'equally' demanding of the teen in terms of grades, homework and personal behavior."
___The survey of young people ages 12 to 17 also found those who attend schools where drugs are kept, used or sold are twice as likely to abuse drugs, including alcohol, as students in drug-free schools.
___They are three times as likely to smoke cigarettes and three times as likely to have tried marijuana.
___According to the report, 75 percent of young people in religious schools say their schools are drug-free, contrasted with 40 percent of those in public schools.
___The report showed 53 percent of young people say they attend religious services at least four times a month.
___The research was based on interviews with 2,000 young people.
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