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Study: teens living with parents who use marijuana are more likely to use themselves

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana retail market is set to open this weekend. But a new study says state cannabis education programs might want to focus on an unexpected group: parents.

The study finds parental marijuana use is associatedwith increased risk of marijuana and tobacco use, and opioid misuse by children.

Researcher Bertha Madras says states like Michigan might keep this in mind when structuring cannabis education programs.

“Once you set the platform for exploring substances, you create a mindset that is willing to delve into the others as well as the primary one or the one you initiated,” Madras said.

“Pediatricians should be asking if parents are using at home and just to educate parents that this could confer risk in fostering trans-generational substance use,” Madras said.

The study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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