Teens Sex Activity Tied to Drink & Drugs

Aug 20, 2004 -- The more sexually active friends a teen has and the more time a teen spends with a boyfriend or girlfriend, the greater the risk that teen will smoke, drink, get drunk or use illegal drugs, according to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

An Expert Comment

"The message for parents from this year's survey is clear -- the thunder of teen sexual activity and dating behavior may signal the lightning of substance abuse," said Joseph A. Califano, Jr., head of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. (Califano was formerly Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.)

Drug-Free Schools

The survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse contains much more of interest. For example, the survey clearly shows the importance of drug-free schools and the dysfunctionality of schools where drugs are used, kept and sold. These schools are plagued with more physical fights and cheating. We believe that all schools should be drug-free.

We heartily recommend that you read the summary of the report (below). It is good reading and relevant to all of us.

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com

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