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If Parents Enforce Rules, Kids  are Less Likely to Use Drugs 

The more frequently clear rules are set and enforced for youths, the less likely they are to use illicit drugs, according to data from the 2000-01 Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE) Survey. 

Overall, 25% of youths reported using illicit drugs (primarily marijuana) in the past year. However, youths who never had clear rules set for them by their parents reported considerably higher rates of past-year illicit drug use (44%) while youths who had clear rules set for them "a lot" reported lower rates (16%). 

These findings illustrate the important role parents can play in preventing drug use by their children. 

PRIDE Questionnaire Report: 2000-01 National Summary Grades 6-12, 2001. 

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Last Updated 05.20.2002 | Email Parenting is Prevention | Privacy Policy