Hazelden Study: Parents in the Dark about Kids' Drug Problems

Updated: 03/06/2014 11:01 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Do you think you would know if your child was using drugs? Does it worry you?

An alarming new study shows that most parents are in the dark; parents think they know about drug problems and their kids, but they don’t.

The report comes from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, based in Plymouth. Hazelden is nationally recognized for its drug treatment program.

Though drug use is growing, parents are under-concerned and uninformed, according to the study, which surveyed about 2,500 parents.

Nearly six in 10 parents of kids ages 12-24 say they are not worried about their child’s use of alcohol and other drugs, but perhaps they should be; a national study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows more kids are using marijuana and prescription drugs.

The Hazelden study also shows that parents think they know what’s going on, but they really don’t. Almost eight in 10 parents surveyed said they believe they have enough education about child drug and alcohol use, but those parents could only name two out of 38 warning signs.

See the study here.

See a list of warning signs that your child may be addicted.