Archive for April, 2011


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It is no coincidence that we are hearing a lot of stories nationwide about teens who lost their lives to prescription drug abuse.     With the recently President Obama proclaimed National Take Back Day, the requests, pleas, and begging for an end to this crisis has grown louder.

The DEA along with various local city and state police, fire, medical, and religious organization is asking for adults to dispose of unused or expired OTC and Prescription medications.

Every pill and liquid that is removed from the home, creates a safer environment for our children to grow up.

The latest victim that I read about, Connor, a young Utah boy who died last December after an overdose.    You can read about it here: http://fb.me/y8BPa17b

It’s a story with a different name, and a different place, but a common problem; prescription medication.

This kid wasn’t a runaway, and he wasn’t out partying on the streets til 2AM, well past curfew.

Little Connor was playing basketball and ice skating and had dinner at a friend’s house.   The later watched the end of a movie at home with his mother.

In the morning, he was dead.

It’s not a different story from another death late last year.   Two teens playing rock band at home until 3AM.   The parents not upset and glee and laughter coming from their son’s room.   Afterall, their son and his best friend weren’t out at a party.   They had a fun night at home with their parents a few rooms away.   Sadly, the parents the next day found the teen guest dead.   The boys had been using prescription drugs.

There are far too many stories in society.   These aren’t bad kids.   These are children who make a bad choice.   Sometimes it’s just one mistake that leads them to the grave.

Myteensavers.com urges parents to take part in the Take Back day.     Spend 5-10 minutes locating all old medicines, and take them to a proper collection spot in your neighborhood.

Yes, some kids will still use methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol.   Saturday’s effort may not change that.     But prescription drug abuse is an epidemic.     Kids choose pills second to marijuana.   The threat and the danger is real.

Myteensavers.com also encourages home drug testing.   A 12-panel Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit will screen for many dangerous drugs including marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamine, opiates, PCP, benzodiazapines, barbiturates, trcicyclic acids, Oxycodone, methadone, Ecstasy (MDMA)

You can get a kit here

Myteensavers.com has been communicating with parents, telling them that pills are a problem.    Unfortunately America is in a stir over President Obama’s birth certificate.  But more importantly, the White House is sending out its own message about the devastation of opiates.

Here is the government press release!

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RELEASES ACTION PLAN TO ADDRESS NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE EPIDEMIC;
ANNOUNCES FDA ACTION REQUIRING DRUG MAKERS TO DEVELOP EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR PRESCRIBERS ABOUT SAFE USE OF OPIOIDS

New Strategy Strikes Balance between Cracking down on Drug Diversion and Protecting Delivery of Effective Pain Management

Washington, D.C.—Today, Gil Kerlikowske, White House Director of National Drug Control Policy; Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services, Howard Koh, M.D.; Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.; and DEA Administrator, Michele M. Leonhart released the Obama Administration’s comprehensive action plan to address the national prescription drug abuse epidemic and announced new Federal requirements aimed at educating the medical community about proper prescribing practices.

The Administration’s Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis provides a national framework for reducing prescription drug diversion and abuse by supporting the expansion of state-based prescription drug monitoring programs, recommending more convenient and environmentally responsible disposal methods to remove unused medications from the home, supporting education for patients and healthcare providers, and reducing the prevalence of pill mills and doctor shopping through enforcement efforts. The plan is the culmination of six months of collaboration across the Federal government, with agencies including the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and others.

In support of the action plan, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it is requiring an Opioids Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). The new program will require manufacturers of long-acting and extended-release opioids to provide educational programs to prescribers of these medications, as well as materials prescribers can use when counseling patients about the risks and benefits of opioid use. The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 gave FDA the authority to require manufacturers to develop and implement a REMS to ensure the benefits of a drug or biological product outweigh its risks.

“Today we are making an unprecedented commitment to combat the growing problem of prescription drug abuse,” said Vice President Biden. “The Government, as well as parents, patients, health care providers, and manufacturers all play a role in preventing abuse. This plan will save lives, and it will substantially lessen the burden this epidemic takes on our families, communities, and workforce.”

“The toll our Nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic has taken in communities nationwide is devastating ,” said Director Kerlikowske. “We share a responsibility to protect our communities from the damage done by prescription drug abuse. This plan will build upon our already unprecedented efforts to coordinate a national response to this public health crisis by addressing the threat at the Federal, state, and local level.”

“Abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioids, represents an alarming public health crisis.” said Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H. Assistant Secretary for Health. “This Plan, which coordinates a public health approach with a public safety approach, offers hope and health to our Nation.”

“Unintentional drug overdose is a growing epidemic in the US and is now the leading cause of injury death in 17 states,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said. “There are effective and emerging strategies out there to address this problem. Support for this action plan will help us implement those strategies which will go a long way to save lives and reduce the tremendous burden this problem has on our healthcare system and our society.”

“Long-acting and extended-release opioid drugs have benefit when used properly and are a necessary component of pain management for certain patients, but we know that they pose serious risks when used improperly, with serious negative consequences for individuals, families, and communities,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “The prescriber education component of this Opioid REMS balances the need for continued access to these medications with stronger measures to reduce their risks.”

“DEA is committed to implementing this important and much needed action plan to reduce the demand for prescription drugs, enforce our nation’s drug laws, and take back unneeded prescription drugs,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “When abused, prescription drugs are just as dangerous and just as addictive as drugs like methamphetamine or heroin. The more we can do to stop the abuse of prescription drugs, the more effective we will be in reducing the death, destruction and despair that accompanies all drug abuse.”

Prescription drug abuse is our Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. The number of people who have unintentionally overdosed on prescription drugs now exceeds the number who overdosed during the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980’s and the black tar heroin epidemic of the 1970’s combined. In 2007, approximately 27,000 people died from unintentional drug overdoses, driven mostly by prescription drugs. Additionally, a ccording to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of Americans in 2009 aged 12 and older currently abusing pain relievers has increased by 20 percent since 2002. Further, visits by individuals to hospital emergency rooms involving the misuse or abuse of pharmaceutical drugs have doubled over the past five years.

ONDCP is coordinating an unprecedented government-wide public health approach to reduce drug use and its consequences in the United States . This effort includes requesting an increase in funding for drug prevention by $123 million and treatment programs by $99 million dollars for Fiscal Year 2012, to train and engage primary health care to intervene in emerging cases of drug abuse, expand and improve specialty care for addiction—including care for families and veterans, and to better manage drug-related offenders in community corrections.

To read the full Action Plan, click here.

To read the FDA’s Opioids Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS), click here.

To get involved in DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative, click here.

Curious about which home drug test to use with your teens?

Many parents looking for the fastest answers often by unreliable, foreign made, cheap products on places like Ebay, craigslist, and from companies that are huge clearing houses for almsot expired medical supplies.

But what are you really getting with that $2 home drug test?

Drug levels on the test panels can be set at any cutoff.   Here’s what you don’t want; Foreign made products that have cutoff levels so high and so random, that you don’t get a successful tests.    Do you want a false negative?     If you make the decision to test your teen, it will be a difficult one.      Don’t trust your an unreliable product.

Teensavers tests are made in the USA.    They hold to governmental cutoff levels.    They are FDA approved.    The levels are strict and consistent.    When grocery shopping, there’s a reason why you don’t buy the $.99 product, and you spend the extra dollars on brand you can trust.    The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits are a family brand.    They deliver more than answers.   They help your family through the process of being a drug free family.

Sure you can find a saliva based test from China on Ebay for $2.    But did you know that the government drug agencies strongly encourage that all saliva drug tests be backed up with a urine test?   Why take two tests?

Do the right thing for your family.    These are your loved ones, who you cherish and want to see thrive in life.

Get the right thing for your family.    Buy the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit with confidence.

Perhaps the best thing to ease the mind, is an answer to your question.

Many parents ponder if their child is drinking or using drugs, but few seek the answer.

A Teensavers 12-panel home drug test kit detects the major substances used by teens.   Remember 2500 children try drugs for the first time every day.

Wouldn’t you like to know for sure?

The Teensavers home drug test screens for marijuana, heroin and other opiates, cocaine, PCP, amphetamines, methamphetamines, MDMA (ecstasy), Benzodiazapines, Barbiturates, Oxycodone, methadone, and tricyclic acids.

YOU can get one by clicking on the box.   Your purchase is confidential.

Parents, we need your help!

We have created a POLL P on our Facebook page.   If you’ve never been there, you should check it out.   It has all of the latest teen and drug news and stories.     Today we are asking parents if they are concerned about teens and drugs.

We would love for you to come and give us your two cents.   If you like what you see there, we’d love you to “like” our page!

Here is the link for the POLL!  http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=question&id=199941093374508&qa_ref=qd

Thanks from the Teensavers Team.

Next Saturday is National Take Back Day.   The DEA works with local agencies to help collect unused and outdated prescriptions.    Considering that 2500 teens every day use drugs for the first time, this is a movement that takes very little effort.   There are numerous collection facilities in all neighborhoods.  Teens will use or sell these prescriptions.    Pill popping teens also springboard to heroin.

It takes very little time.   If you need help for a loved one on drugs, visit myteensavers.com

As families, these are the times we cherish most.    The school year is winding down, and we are taking family trips to theme parks, or destinations by land, sea, or air.     Everyone appreciates the family spring break trip.    Most are fun, safe, and treasures to remember.   They typically do not end up like the Griswolds’ vacations.     While those mini disasters are fictional comedy for us to enjoy, there are serious concerns to remember during these vacations.

Teens with more free time are looking for things to do.  Unfortunately, drugs become one of the things they “play around with.”     Kids attend more parties during this time.    Teens bring more than alcohol to these parties.   Marijuana is abundantly plentiful.   It shows up in candy bars, brownies, and other baked goods.     Believe it or not, some teens think that marijuana is safer if it isn’t smoked.    The pot brownies start becoming more attractive.

It’s a good ideas to have a home drug test in the family home.    Parents can allow their teens to enjoy their spring break, with the understanding that the test will be there.

As more school crack down on prom drinking and drug use, parents should be more vigilant as well.    More school districts are utilizing breathalyzers at the dancers, to detect alcohol.   But what they won’t catch are the teens who just ate a big pot laced candy bar.     Kids will be higher than a kite at the dance, and then can continue their drinking at their hotel rooms.

Parents need to be vigilant in summer as well.   While teens often turn to drugs during the school year, as a way to cope, the summer is just an excuse to overuse.

Tell California Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization to Pass AB 183 to Ban Alcohol Sales Through Self-Serve Checkout

Protect California’s youth and the public health and safety of all Californians

Easy access to alcohol is a key driver of underage drinking, which in turn causes violent crime, car crashes, and high-risk sex. The rise in self-serve checkout lanes in stores that sell alcoholic beverages is creating a recipe for disaster.

Numerous studies have confirmed that retailers with self-serve checkouts enable young people to either purchase or steal alcoholic beverages. AB 183, authored by Assemblymember Ma (D-San Francisco), provides a unique opportunity to protect California’s youth.

Through our legal system, society acknowledges that dangerous products such as tobacco, medication, and spray paint require greater control at retail outlets. AB 183 would ensure that alcohol sales are similarly controlled to prevent unnecessary alcohol-related harm to youth and adults alike.

Please join Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), California Police Chiefs Association, California Professional Firefighters, California Peace Officers Association, California Narcotic Officers Association, California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), Riverside Sheriffs’ Association and Marin Institute to tell Assemblymember Hall (D-Compton), Chair of the Committee on Governmental Organization, to Pass AB 183 to protect youth and help reduce alcohol-related harm.

Baseball will weather the storm created by Barry Bonds and Manny Ramirez.   I think most people will hate the player, and not the game.

It’s clear, Barry Bonds tried to get an advantage.   Steroids or not, Bonds tried to cheat the game.    It appears Ramirez, like many other former major leaguers, tried to extend his career beyond an age that his body was capable of playing.

Sadly, teens get derailed not only by PEDs, but by substance abuse.   Many young athletes grow up, and first excel in their sport while having fun.   But the fun gives way to a demand to continue performance.   Teens use drugs to cope.   High school athletes smoke pot, drink, and pop pills to “chill.”

Parents who believe their teen may have a shot at a college scholarship, or potentially a professional sports career, should help keep their kids on track.   A Teensavers home drug test is a great way to keep family values intact.

If you are ready to buy one, or would like more information, click on the Teensavers website, right HERE.

 

Teensavers respects the great work done by organizations who help keep children off drugs.   These are the results of a new study conducted by a Partnershipfor at DrugFree.org and Metlife.  Their news release is below.

If you ever need help for drugs, please click here.

National Study Confirms Teen Drug Use Trending in Wrong Direction: Marijuana, Ecstasy Use Up Since 2008, Parents Feel Ill-Equipped To Respond

By Josie Feliz | April 6, 2011 | 11 Comments | Filed in News Releases

Sixty-Two Percent of Teens Who Reported Alcohol Use Had First Drink by Age 15

New York, NY – April 6, 2011 – Following a decade of steady declines, a new national study released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation indicates that teen drug and alcohol use is headed in the wrong direction, with marked increases in teen use of marijuana and Ecstasy over the past three years. The 22nd annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), sponsored by MetLife Foundation, affirms a disturbing trend that has emerged among American teens since 2008 and highlights that as underage drinking becomes more normalized among adolescents, parents feel unable to respond to the negative shifts in teen drug and alcohol use.

According to the three-year trend confirmed in this year’s 2010 PATS data, there was a significant 67 percent increase in the number of teens who reported using Ecstasy in the past year (from 6 percent in 2008 to 10 percent in 2010). Similarly, past-year marijuana use among teens increased by a disturbing 22 percent (from 32 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2010).

Youth Drinking More Normalized: Majority of Teens Surveyed Report First Alcohol Drink by Age 15

The new data underscore alarming patterns in early adolescent alcohol use and found that teens view drinking alcohol – even heavy drinking – as less risky than using other substances.

• Of those teens who reported alcohol use, a majority (62 percent) said they had their first full alcoholic drink by age 15, not including sipping or tasting alcohol.

• Of those teens who reported alcohol use, one in four (25 percent), said they drank a full alcoholic drink for the first time by age 12 or younger.

• Among teens who reported drinking alcohol, the average age of first alcohol use was 14.

“As teen drug and alcohol use take a turn for the worse, a heavier burden is placed squarely on the shoulders of parents – who need to take an active role in preventing substance abuse in their families, take action if they suspect their child is using and get immediate help for a child who has developed a problem with drugs or drinking,” said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. “We are troubled, but not completely surprised, by these numbers because, in schools and communities across the country, support for drug education and prevention programs has been cut drastically due to budgetary pressures.”

Teens See Little Risk in Heavy Drinking; Parents Feel They Can’t Stop Risky Behavior

Weak perceptions of risk and a perceived “normalization” of underage drinking underlie the PATS survey data on adolescent alcohol use.

• Almost half of teens (45 percent) reported they do not see a “great risk” in heavy daily drinking.

• Only 31 percent of teens strongly disapprove of teens and peers their age getting drunk.

• A majority of teens, seven out of 10 (73 percent), report having friends who drink alcohol at least once a week.

While the number one reason teens reported using alcohol is that they think “it’s fun to drink” (60 percent), a significant number of teens reported using alcohol to deal with stress.

• One in three (32 percent) teens said they drank “to forget their troubles.”

• Almost one in four (24 percent) said they used alcohol to help them “deal with problems at home.”

• One in five (20 percent) teens reported they drank to “deal with the pressures and stress of school.”

It’s important to note that teens who begin drinking before the age of 15 are much more likely than other teens to develop problems with alcohol as adults.

The PATS survey also found that parents feel unprepared to respond to underage drinking by their children. Almost a third of parents (28 percent) feel “there is very little parents can do to prevent their kids from trying alcohol.” One in three teens (32 percent) thinks their parents would be ok if they drank beer once in a while; yet only one in ten parents agrees with teens drinking beer at a party.

“These findings should serve as a call to action for parents,” said Dennis White, President and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “We encourage parents and caregivers to pay attention to the warning signs of teen drinking and other drug use, in order to intervene early and effectively. If you suspect a problem, do not wait to get help for a child who is struggling with substance abuse or addiction.”

Time To Get Help: Resource to Help Parents Intervene and Get Treatment for Addiction in Their Families

For parents who suspect or know their child is using drugs or alcohol, The Partnership at Drugfree.org created Time To Get Help, a first-of-its-kind website and online community to provide parents of teens and young adults with lifesaving information when families are in crisis and facing a child’s addiction.

With teen drug and alcohol use on the rise, the likelihood that more young people will need treatment increases. Of the nine million American teens and young adults needing treatment, two million are between the ages of 12-17, and ninety percent of those are not getting the help they need.

Time To Get Help offers parents and caregivers comprehensive insight into adolescent alcohol and drug abuse, dependence and addiction; support from top experts and other parents who have been there; and treatment options for their child and family.

No Improvement in Teen Abuse of Rx/OTC Drugs, Inhalants, Cigarettes, Meth, Cocaine/Crack, Heroin

According to the PATS survey, teen abuse of prescription (Rx) medicines continues to be an area of major concern, with abuse rates holding steady and at levels that should be worrisome to parents. The data found one in four teens (25 percent) reported taking a prescription drug not prescribed to them by a doctor at least once in their lives, and more than one in five teens (23 percent) used a prescription pain reliever not prescribed to them by a doctor. Teen past-year use of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine has remained at roughly one in ten (11 percent).

Past-year teen inhalant abuse remains at 10 percent, yet only 60 percent of teens strongly agree that “sniffing or huffing things to get high can kill you,” significantly less than the 70 percent of teens who said the same in 2008. Inhalant abuse merits careful monitoring – as teen attitudes towards inhalant abuse weaken, abuse is more likely to increase.

Teen smoking rates have remained stable with 27 percent of teens reporting smoking cigarettes in the past month. Among teens, past-year methamphetamine use is holding at 5 percent and cocaine/crack is at 9 percent. Teen use of heroin use remains low at 4 percent for lifetime use.

For more information, or to view the full PATS report and key findings, click here.

PATS Methodology

The 22nd annual national study of 2,544 teens in grades 9-12 and 831 parents is nationally projectable with a +/- 3.6 percent margin of error for the teen sample and +/- 3.4 percent for the parent sample. Conducted for The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications the 2010 PATS teen survey was administered in private, public and parochial schools, while the parent survey was conducted through in-home interviews by deKadt Marketing and Research, Inc.

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About The Partnership at Drugfree.org

The Partnership at Drugfree.org is a nonprofit organization that helps parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children. Bringing together renowned scientists, parent experts and communications professionals, this public health nonprofit translates current research on teen behavior, parenting, addiction and treatment into easy to understand resources at drugfree.org. The organization also reaches families through its community education programs which focus on local drug and alcohol issues of concern for parents, youth and the Hispanic community. The Partnership at Drugfree.org depends on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and the public sector and is thankful to SAG/AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity.

About MetLife Foundation

For over 20 years, MetLife Foundation has provided support for initiatives focusing on substance abuse prevention and education. Since 1999, the Foundation has collaborated with The Partnership at Drugfree.org on a national public awareness campaign to help parents and caregivers communicate with children about the risks of drug use. MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 by MetLife to carry on its long-standing tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. For more information about the Foundation, visit metlife.org.