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Hispanic teens and drugs

A new study says that Hispanic teens are more likely to use illicit drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine, compared with their African-American and Caucasian counterparts.

The study was released this month by the Partnership at Drug Free organization.

It says that 54% of Hispanic teens reported having used an illicit drug, followed by African-American teens at 45%. Caucasians came third at 43%.

Why? There is no definitive answer, but there are contributing factors involved, according to William Raikes, assistant director of consumer research at The Partnership at

Among them: Parental permissiveness.

When it came to Hispanic parents, 21 percent said they were OK if their teen "smoked marijuana sometimes," compared with 11 percent of African-American parents and 6 percent of Caucasian parents.


Does this reflect your parenting?