Teens Likely to Lie About Drug Use

In a recent study reported in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, both teens and parents substantially underreported recent teen cocaine and opiate use. However, compared with parents, teens were more likely to deny verified cocaine use.
Results of hair analysis for cocaine, opiates and marijuana were compared to confidential teen self- and parent-reported teen drug use in more than 400 high-risk urban teens and parents. Teen specimens (hair) were 52 times more likely to identify cocaine use compared with self-report. Parent hair analyses for cocaine and opiate use were 6.5 times and 5.5 times, respectively, more likely to indicate drug use than were parental self-report.

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