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26 October 2010

Teens, parents lie about drugs

New research finds that teens, and their parents, frequently lie even if they know they'll be tested for drugs or they're told the results will be confidential.

Don't expect teens - or their parents - to be honest about their drug use, a new study shows. Researchers often survey teens to determine the extent of drug use, but this new research finds that respondents frequently lie even if they know they'll be tested for drugs or they're told the results will be confidential.

For this study, researchers surveyed more than 200 teens and 200 caregivers - 80% were mothers - about their drug use and then analyzed their hair for at least one drug. The participants were black, poor and from an inner-city urban area.

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