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Report says more Ky. and In. teens rejecting drugs and alcohol

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- More teens in Kentucky and Indiana are saying no to drugs and alcohol.

That's according to the latest report from The KIDS COUNT National Data Book. The study compares each state on child well-being.

It found four percent of teens in Kentucky and  five percent in Indiana admit to using alcohol and drugs.

Experts at the Indiana Youth Institute say parents play a huge role in changing that number even more. "It's important that parents start these conversations early and then talk often to their children. It's also important that parents set clear rules and consequences for unacceptable behavior, " said Tami Silverman, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.

A 2015 survey from the Indiana Prevention Resource Council found more than 1 in 10 Indiana high school students say their family does not have clear rules about alcohol and drug use.

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