NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at New York's Columbia University says when it comes to teens' drugs and drinking, many parents are dumb.
A survey released Thursday found that 80 percent of parents questioned said they believe alcohol and marijuana are not present at most teen parties, but 50 percent of their children reported that the substances are readily available at gatherings they attend, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The teens said alcohol and drugs are often used at parties with parents in the home.
"Where are they?" asked Joseph Califano, CASA chairman and president who served as secretary of health, education and welfare under President Jimmy Carter. "Why aren't they walking in and out of the party? Don't they smell the pot or the booze? There's just a tremendous disconnect."
"Parents are living in a fool's paradise," Califano said. "They've got to take the blinders off and pay attention. If asbestos were in the ceiling, they'd raise hell. But their schools are riddled with drugs. If they'd say, `Get the drugs out' with the same energy, we'd get somewhere. This is a wake-up call."