Today’s parents are more likely to have tried drugs themselves, especially if they grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, and less concerned about their children’s experimentation with marijuana.
The study of parental attitudes toward teen drug use, conducted by The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, found that barely half of the parents would be upset if their children experimented with marijuana.
The number of parents who have never spoken with their children about drugs was 12 percent, double what it was just six years ago, the survey found.
Perhaps they were reluctant to open the subject of their own drug experiences.
Some 11 percent of parents used marijuana in the year before the survey.
Update: California Superintendent Jack O’Connell is urging school districts to drop a drug education program with ties to Scientology because an evaluation determined it provides inaccurate and unscientific information to students. Nanette Asimov of the San Francisco Chronicle broke this story, and deserves the credit.