"Problem Parents" increase the likelihood that their 12 to 17 - year olds will smoke, drink, get drunk and use illegal and prescription drugs because of their failure to:
- Monitor their children's leaving their home and hanging out on school nights (Monday through Thursday)
- Safeguard their dangerous and addictive prescription drugs, like painkillers and stimulants, from their children.
- Address the problem of drugs in their children's school.
- Set good examples.
From "National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XIII: Teens and Parents" by the National Center on Addiction and Substance abuse at Columbia University - August 2008