Pubdate: Wed, 17 Nov 2010
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2010 Canwest Publishing Inc.
Note: By In Our Opinion, The Province


A new survey showing that many Canadian parents are in the dark about
their teenagers' drug use comes as little surprise.

Parents are often among the last to know what their children get up
to. And that's been true since time immemorial.

Nor is it really surprising that between one-third and one-half of
kids aged between 15 and 19 reported using marijuana in the past year,
according to the survey commissioned by the Canadian Centre on
Substance Abuse.

For years now, pro-pot zealots such as Marc Emery have made marijuana
seem like a "cool" thing for youth to use.

No, what's more shocking is the increasing number of kids who admit to
taking prescription drugs, most of which they obtain from home.

These are drugs like OxyContin, a highly addictive painkiller used by
a number of local gangsters and such international celebrities as
actress Lindsay Lohan and radio personality Rush Limbaugh.

CCSA head Michel Perron has urged parents to monitor their medicine
cabinets and rid them of any drugs that aren't being used.

Our view, though, is that parents need to go further. They should lead
by example and, as far as is humanly possible, live a drug-free life.

After all, that's probably the best way to keep their children clean
and sober.  
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