Do Young Latinos Use More Drugs?
New report shows over half of Latino teenagers sure do.
Latino teenagers feel that drug use is normal.
According to a new report, 54 percent of Latino teenagers said they used an illicit drug, compared to 45 percent of African-American and 43 percent of white teens.
Experts say this is because Latino adolescents see drug use among their peers and community and they are not getting the right messages from their parents. Therefore, they feel that drug use is normal.
The report states Latino parents are not communicating disapproval of drug use, especially with marijuana. In fact, 21 percent of them think it is ok if their teen sometimes smokes marijuana.
Parental guidance is needed, experts say. Children and young adults need to be educated so their views on drugs change.
Do you talk to your kids about drug abuse?
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