Hard Drugs

By: Fagan, Patrick, Johnson, Kirk A., and Jonathan Butcher.

These researchers study data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health and find that adolescents from intact married families are 28% to 42% less likely to use hard drugs such as cocaine, LSD, and heroin than adolescents from stepfamilies, divorced single parent families, and families where the mother is cohabiting with a boyfriend who is not the father.

A portrait of family and religion in America: Key outcomes for the common good. Heritage Foundation:Washington, D.C.