Cigarette and alcohol use among teens – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A survey shows low use of cigarettes and alcohol by teens, but high levels of marijuana and prescription drug abuse. Dr. Nora Volkow, an institute director at the NIH warns that parents should not be complacent when it comes to teen use of alcohol and drugs.
Volkow: The sense of "No, this is not going to happen to my kid; it's going to happen to someone else but not mine" is an incorrect way to start. All off the adolescents are a great risk of experimenting with drugs.
Narrator: She explains that all teens – even those who are good students and have a close dialogue with parents – are at a high risk for experimentation with drugs. For more information on teen use of cigarettes and drugs, visit www.drugabuse.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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