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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic teenagers are more likely to engage in substance abuse than Caucasian or African-American teenagers, and are more likely to be offered drugs in their lifetime and at school, according to a report sponsored by MetLife Foundation and published by The Partnership at Drugfree.org.
Researchers from the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study reported trends in substance abuse rates for Hispanic teens compared with Caucasian and African-American teens.
According to the report, Hispanic teens are more likely than other teens to engage in substance abuse, and this trend has been consistent since 2009. Compared with teens from other ethnic groups, Hispanic teens are more likely to have used an illicit drug, marijuana, ecstasy, and cocaine within the past year. Hispanic teens are also more likely to have used inhalants in the last year compared with Caucasians and to have consumed alcohol compared with African-Americans. In addition, Hispanic teenagers are more likely to have been offered drugs in their lifetime and at their own school. In the last two years, prescription drug misuse and abuse has increased for Hispanic teens, with a prevalence of 26 percent, compared to 15 percent for African-American and Caucasian teenagers.
"As with most parents, Hispanic parents believe other children are engaged in drug use, but not their own," the authors write. "The reality is that their children are more likely to engage in drug use than other children."
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