Archive for May, 2011


We had word passed along tonight to the Teensavers team about a possible memorial being planned in Ashton Sweet’s honor next Monday evening.   As soon as details are announced, we will post them here and on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/myteensavers .

As for the suspect in this case, Austin Jeffrey Farley, he is set to make his first court appearance in this case (he has a long history of court appearances) tomorrow, June 1st.

Teensavers wants to remind all teens and young adults that drinking and driving, or driving under the influence of drugs can have a deadly outcome, as we’ve seen in this tragedy.    If you know a teen or a young adult who is abusing alcohol or drugs, please get them help.    The best thing you can do with a teenager or young adult who is battling any type of substance abuse is to contact their family.     We recommend that parents test their teens using a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.

These children and their parents were acting responsibily, but someone robbed them of a life.   Perhaps, had someone given Austin Farley the help he needed, he would not have had numerous alcohol and drug related offenses.

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The OCREGISTER has dug deep into the arrest history of Austin Jeffrey Farley:

According to court records, Farley was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on May 4, 2004.    Being a 19-year-old driver at the time, he was charged with being a minor with a blood-alcohol-content of .05 percent or more. That charge was dismissed in June 2004 after he was sentenced to a diversion program.

In July 2004, Farley was back in court, charged with having a license suspended after allegedly refusing to submit to a chemical test. Farley pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to three years probation and $300 in fines.

In February 2009, he was pulled over by authorities again. He was charged with driving under the influence, disobeying a court order, battery on a peace officer and driving with a suspended license. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to three years of probation, 104 hours of service in lieu of fines, 30 days in jail, six months in a first-offender alcohol program, and to attend a victim’s panel for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

So essentially three DUI related events (watered down to other charges in a couple of the cases) leading up to this one???   This is ridiclous!   A 14-year-0ld girl is brain dead after his latest get hammered and get behind the wheel actions.       Clearly he had drinking problems as a teenager and it kept building til his destructive life took a little girl away from her family.

How do these people continue to drive?   Where’s his passenger?   Charge him for getting in the car with a drunk driver knowingly!     That passenger should have never let Farley drive.  It will be interesting to see his court appearance tomorrow!

 The TEENSAVERS team will continue to follow this case, as this tragedy has hit very close to home.

 

 

 

TEENSAVERS heart go out to the victims of the Memorial Day weekend crash.

More news on that tragedy that has rocked Irvine.    Irvine Police Chief Henry Boggs told the LA Times that the bail on Austin Jeffrey Farley has been increased to one million dollars.

Farley was arrested early Sunday morning after a horrific crash at the intersection of Culver and Irvine Blvd. in Irvine.   The accident left 14-year-old Northwood High Student Ashton Sweet brain dead, and several others injured.

Farley has a long list of run-ins with authorities before, and a previous drunk driving conviction.   Officers arrested Farley on suspicion of driving under the influence following the early morning crash.

The hearts of the Teensavers team, an company based in Irvine, go out to the Sweet family, as well as the grieving students and community members in Irvine.

This was a case of kids doing the right thing, and parents being responsible to make sure their children were safe.   It’s unfortunate that a driver, with an apparent history of drug and alcohol related arrests, may have again be under the influence at the time of the crash.

Teensavers counselors reminds parents to talk with their kids about alcohol and drug use.

Families are mourning the loss of Ashton Sweet, a popular freshman cheerleader from Northwood High School in Irvine, CA today.   She was left brain dead when a man allegedly ran a red light and broadsided the Mercedes she was riding in.    She is being kept on life support so her organs can be donated to other families.   According to the OC Register,  “Court records show a man with the same name and birth date has had several run-ins with the law, including a conviction in June 2009 where he pleaded guilty to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, battery on a peace officer and driving with a suspended license.”

It’s always tough when a tragedy hits your neighborhood.   It appears this man has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse.   One report indicated that a minor drug possession charge was dropped against the driver, Austin Jeffrey Farley, last Friday.      Amid the grieving process, hopefully the mourning students will embrace the reality that drinking and driving, or driving while high, can be a life-changing decision.

These kids tried to do the right thing, and their parents were bringing them home to make sure that they would be safe at home.   But they came less than a mile short of their destination because of an apparent drunk driver.     The Teensavers team is wishing the best for the Sweet family.

While this driver was a 26-year-old adult, it is always good to remind families to keep teens alcohol and drug free.    In Irvine, there are pro-family campaigns like TARGET21 to help promote the message of a sober adolescence.

 

CNN has a great article out this morning on its’ political ticker.

The most powerful information was on the last line:

Daily, 50 people in our nation die from unintentional prescription opioid overdoses and, daily, 20 times that number are admitted to hospital emergency departments for opioid overdoses,” said John Eadie, director of the Prescription Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University.

That’s a shocking number of deaths and illnesses because of the reckless use of pills.   A good portion of these victim are teens, who think there is little harm in taking a pill.   Of the millions who survive their pill usage, a good portion become addicted to opiates, and they turn to heroin.

Protect your child with a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.    You can get one clicking right HERE.

For the CNN article you can click HERE.

The Senate is taking an aggressive approach to combating the nation’s fastest growing epidemic; Prescription drug abuse.   As Myteensavers has been relaying to parents, more kids are turning to the medicine cabinet than they are the needle.

Yesterday, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee on crime and terrorism, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, announced that prescription drug “abuse poses a serious and growing threat to our communities and young people.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH spoke yesterday about the troubles in his state: “Prescription-drug abuse in Ohio — and our nation — needs to be treated like the epidemic it is,” Brown said. “From the policies to the stories, it’s clear prescription-drug abuse is nonpartisan. It’s clear it is an issue of life or death in too many parts of our nation, especially Ohio.”

Brown promoted a bill that he said would prevent prescription-drug abusers from acquiring excess drugs — which they might abuse or illegally-resell.    This legislation already exists in 20 states.

Gov. John Kasich signed a “pill mill” bill on Friday, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has gone after those abusing drug prescriptions.

Brown’s office says Ohio is second only to Florida in the number of oxycodone prescriptions filled, and Ohio’s death rate due to unintentional drug poisoning skyrockets 350% from 1999 to 2008.

In 2007, unintentional drug poisoning became the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing motor-vehicle crashes and suicide for the first time on record.

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, told the panel that the pills were popular because they were easy to get and there was a “low perception of risk.”

Last month, the White House announced plans to crack down on prescription-drug abuse, including putting a priority.

This serves as a reminder for parents to drug test their kids.   A Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit can be a life-saving device in the home.

 

It’s the latest controversy:

Lance
Armstrong is no stranger to drug testing. His camp recently tweeted
that throughout his cycling career, he’s had more than 500 drug controls
(drug tests) and no positives. He is still fighting off accusations
from other cyclists who claim they’ve seen him using performance
enhancing drugs.

Whether or not you are concerned about PEDs,
marijuana, or prescription drugs, drug testing is a serious conversation
to have with your teen.     But it’s smaller impersonal discussions
about drug use and drug testing that will get the parents on the same
page as kids.   This is the least confrontational kids to go.   Parents
shouldn’t be afraid to talk to their kids about drugs.   Otherwise they
might listen to someone else’s message that drugs are OK.

If you want to know more about the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit, A Parent Tested Parent Approved winner, click  HERE.

MYTEENSAVERS:

New York’s Newsday reports that New York Rangers player Derek Boogaard died from a mixture of alcohol and oxycodone.

The results of the autopsy and toxicological reports were released by the Hennepin County, MN, medical examiner’s office.

The report also concluded that the lethal combination was accidental.

Boogaard was an up and coming star who just finished his first year of a four year multi-million dollar contract.

The 28 year old’s body was found by his two brothers.

Boogaard, according to the New York Post, had spent his final days participating in the NHL and player associations substance abuse program.

The major professional sports leagues should unite to bring an anti-drug message to the public.   Kids watching these athletes using, mentioning, busted for, treated for, killed by drugs only sets and example of how professional athletes live their lives.

Myteensavers is concerned for all teen athletes.   That’s we encourage families to test their teens using the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.

In the wake of the Austin Box death, Myteensavers is being asked what is Oxycontin?

For more information click HERE:

OxyContin

Generic Name: oxycodone (ox i KOE done)
Brand Names: ETH-Oxydose, OxyContin, Oxyfast, OxyIR, Percolone, Roxicodone, Roxicodone Intensol

What is OxyContin?

OxyContin is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. It is similar to morphine.

OxyContin tablets are used to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended-release form of this medication is for around-the-clock treatment of pain. Oxycodone is not for treating pain just after a surgery unless you were already taking oxycodone before the surgery.

OxyContin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information about OxyContin

OxyContin may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. OxyContin should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.

Do not drink alcohol while you are taking OxyContin. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic pain medicine. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.

Never take more than your prescribed dose of OxyContin. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain. OxyContin can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Do not stop using OxyContin suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using OxyContin?

Do not use OxyContin if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a narcotic medicine (examples include methadone, morphine, Oxycontin, Darvocet, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, and many others), or to a narcotic cough medicine that contains codeine, hydrocodone, or dihydrocodeine.

You should also not take OxyContin if you are having an asthma attack or if you have a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus.

OxyContin may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. This medicine should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.

Before using OxyContin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorders;
  • liver or kidney disease;
  • underactive thyroid;
  • curvature of the spine;
  • a history of head injury or brain tumor;
  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
  • low blood pressure;
  • gallbladder disease;
  • Addison’s disease or other adrenal gland disorders;
  • enlarged prostate, urination problems;
  • mental illness; or
  • a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

FDA pregnancy category C. OxyContin may be harmful to an unborn baby, and could cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. OxyContin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.

Source: Drugs.com

Myteensavers feels for the familyof Oklahoma Sooner LB Austin Box.   Reports today have surfaced that Box was found dead, and it was reported that Box may have died snorting Oxycontin.

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Oxycontin is a serious drug, and even the fittest and toughest people can succumb to it.   If this report is true, maybe we need to take a closer look at stronger drug testing.   It starts with the pros, then through the NCAA schools, and perhaps high schools.   The NFL has testing.   Is it strict enough?

Myteensavers advocates home drug testing to keep kids in line.   It’s tragic to see young and talented people lose their lives to drugs.   2500 children start using for the first time every day.   Let’s keep our athletes and our children safe and drug free.

Oxycontin is just one of the 12 substances tested in the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.