Archive for June, 2011

Lots of concern as we approach the fourth of July, and with the summer a time for kids to experiment with alcohol or drugs. has the solution for parents.   A trusted leader in family wellness products, sells the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.

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Often we talk with parents who refuse to believe that drugs are a topic of concern in their lives.   They believe their family is too strong, kids are too smart, community is too safe, or schools are too clean.  

But this is the naive culture we live in.   Parents live in a bubble.  Most of the parents who through their hands up and say, “not my kids” are the most uneducated.    They may have bachelor, master, or doctorate degrees.   But they these people are missing the life-educated portion.    This is why I’d like to to introduce to you, someone who experienced the shock of a child’s drug addiction first hand.

Her name is Barbara Legree, and she writes a blog called RECOVERY HAPPENS.   She also writes a guest post for the Pat Moore Foundation.   She is very honest in her approach to her son’s addiction.    She lives in fear and she’s open about her fears.  I could feel the terror in her soul while reading this post: Suspicious Mind.

Barbara is as new to me, as she is to readers of this blog.   But I hope to get to know her real soon, and I hope we can share some of her experiences with you.   She is writing a book, and her insight is amazing.    Most parents are not open about their child’s drug use or addiction.   Many families refuse to talk about it.   Some families do not even acknowledge that loved ones could have a problem.   Barbara opens her heart to the world in her blogs.

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It’s great to see that the Electric Daisy Carnival is over and
people were able to have fun without serious illnesses or death.    The
police numbers for the show indicate that perhaps more checks and
balances were in place to prevent younger, inexperienced attendees from
being there or having any problems.   This is what the show’s producers
assured the city of Los Angeles after the tragic death there.    It’s
great to see that the event was a success.    All adults deserve their
fun, and it shows that the show’s promoters put on a great festival with
the proper measures in place.

Among the stats from the first night:

• 6 misdemeanor arrests

• 14 felony arrests, 12 of which were drug-related

• 1 DUI alcohol arrest

• 1 traffic accident

• 142 medical calls per the MedicWest Ambulance Service

• 300 people treated by medics

• 5 people transported to area hospitals

• 31 ejections from the event


This  seems the standard set of numbers for any large concert, with the
exception of the felony drug possession arrests.   It would be
reasonable to conclude that most of concert related drug arrests are
minor marijuana possessions.

As we stated before the event, this is not a place for minors.   The event is billed as 18+ for  a
reason.    It’s the same reason visiting a bar or casino requires 21+
admission.    Adults should have an outlet to dance their asses off.
Sadly, some look towards the event as a 3-day drug bender.    It is not a
place for children to run around unsupervised.     It seems that the
EDC has found a home in Las Vegas, and it appears that promoters and
police ensured that it was the adult event it was billed to be.

Children  need a safe environment.  When they see and experience adults using and
abusing drugs, they get the notion that their bodies and brains can
handle the drugs.   Studies show that marijuana can damage the brain of
an adolescent.    It’s clear more powerful drugs like ecstasy and
opioids can have more serious negative effects.

The promoters of the EDC got this event right.   And you can credit the Las Vegas Metropolitan police for backing them up.





Researchers from The University of Washington and Virginia Tech released this wonderful study.

Their findings: 2 simple talks with your teens each year, can help make a huge impact on your teen when it comes to smoking pot.

Here is their press release:

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BLACKSBURG, Va., June 29, 2011 –
Nearly a third of high school students in the United States report
smoking marijuana. Despite the mixed messages about the safety of
marijuana, it is risky behavior for teens, who are, after all, still

Researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of
Washington have demonstrated that a brief, voluntary conversation with
an adult led to up to a 20 percent decrease in marijuana use for
teenagers who frequently used the drug. The research was published
online June 20 in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors,
in the article, “Randomized Controlled Trial of Motivational
Enhancement Therapy with Nontreatment-Seeking Adolescent Cannabis Users:
A Further Test of the Teen Marijuana Check-Up,” by Denise D. Walker, Robert S. Stephens, Roger Roffman, Josephine DeMarce, Brian Lozano, Sheri Towe, and Belinda Berg

Walker, research assistant professor of social work and co-director of the University of Washington’s Innovative Programs Research Group,
said, “Adolescence is a big developmental period for learning adult
roles. Smoking marijuana regularly can impede development and school
performance, and it sets kids up for other risky behaviors.”

But a “non-finger wagging” approach called Teen Marijuana Check-Up could encourage teens to reduce their marijuana use.

marijuana users have few options for sorting out the disparate
information on the risks of smoking marijuana. The programs we are
developing and testing will hopefully help fill the gap,” said Stephens,
chair of psychology at Virginia Tech and director of the addictions

Many teens have concerns about their use of marijuana, “even
if they’re not sharing them with family or friends,” Walker said. If a
convenient and easy opportunity to weigh the pros and cons of their drug
use is offered that isn’t “shaming or blaming,” kids will participate
in it voluntarily, she said.

The researchers went to high school
classrooms and gave short presentations describing myths and facts about
marijuana, common reasons why teens smoke it, and its health, and
behavior consequences.

The researchers told the students about the
study, saying it was intended to give feedback on – not treat – each
student’s marijuana use. Students could volunteer privately. Of about
7,100 students who heard about the study, 619 volunteered, and 310 met
its criterion of smoking marijuana regularly.

The participants,
ninth through 12th graders attending Seattle public schools, had two
one-on-one meetings with health educators. During the meetings, which
lasted 30-60 minutes each over two weeks, the health educators used one
of two approaches:

  • Motivational interviewing, in which the
    health educator and student discussed the student’s marijuana use and
    how it might be interfering with the student’s life, goals, and personal
    values, and the health educator told the student about social norms of
    how much others use the drug.
  • An educational approach in which a
    PowerPoint presentation described current marijuana research and health
    and psychological effects of marijuana use.

Participants in
the motivational interviewing group started the study using marijuana
40 out of the previous 60 days. Three months after counseling they had
decreased their use 20 percent, to 32 out of 60 days. After a year they
still showed a 15 percent decrease, 34 days out of 60.

in the educational treatment group had slower results, reporting an 8
percent decrease from 38 to 35 days out of 60 days three months after
the treatment ended. A year later, they reported using marijuana 34 of
60 days, an 11 percent overall drop.

The researchers called the
findings “encouraging in that apparently meaningful reductions in
cannabis use resulting from the brief meetings were sustained over a
relatively lengthy period of time.”

Stephens said, “A unique
aspect of this research has been our ability to get teens to voluntarily
sign up for the programs. Previous research has focused mainly on teens
who are coerced into treatment programs by schools, parents, or the
legal system, but there are many more users who may profit from talking
to someone about their use if we can give them options that are

Walker said that the low-burden, low-cost program
could be disseminated to drug and alcohol counselors in schools. The
program “is supposed to attract people who aren’t ready for a full
treatment, but are interested in having a conversation with a
professional trained to discuss concerns with substance use,” she said.

The study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Of the co-authors, Josephine DeMarce of Salem, Va., is a 2006 Ph.D. graduate in psychology from Virginia Tech; Brian Lozano of Charleston, S.C., is a 2008 Ph.D. graduate of psychology from Virginia Tech; Sheri Towe of Martinez, Ga., is a Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech; Roger Roffman
is professor of sociology and director of the Innovative Programs
Research Group at the University of Washington; and Belinda Berg is a
health educator with the School of Social Work at the University of

Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech
attracts students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The
university’s eight colleges achieve quality, innovation, and results
through teaching, research, and outreach in Blacksburg and at other
campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Richmond,
Southern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Roanoke.

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A warning to parents about this upcoming weekend.   The famed, or
infamous Electric Daisy Carnival or EDC is in Las Vegas this weekend for
a mammoth episode of music and drug use.   This is the same event that
used to be at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum until a young girl
died.    The 15 year old should not have been at the 18 and over event,
but many officials agree that underage concert goers have little
difficult getting into the event.

This year the event takes place
at the Las Vegas motor speedway.   It also comes one week after a
19-year-old died at an EDC event in Dallas last week.   If you are a
parent and you want an indication of how popular this event is, try
booking a room at a lower end hotel on the strip.   A room at the
Excalibur or MGM, which typically can be had for less than $100 dollars,
is going for upwards of $500 this weekend.

This is an event
fueled with drug induced attendees.   Some of the concert goers are
responsible, and the promoters attempt to halt any drug use, but this
event can be dangerous.    In addition to teens taking drugs on their
own, there is also a possibility that teens could be slipped some sort
of drug.

If you are an active parent, make sure you teen is far
away from Vegas this weekend.   This event is not just another music
festival.  This event is widely known as a hotspot for drug use.

your teen is attending this event, or near the Las Vegas area, you may
want to think about using a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.   The kits
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    There is a lot of hate and vitriol aimed at Roger Ebert in the wake of his tweet, “Friends don’t let jackasses drive drunk.”     But is it called for?    We obviously won’t have toxicology reports back on Ryan Dunn’s body for a few weeks.   But Ebert made the leap from a facebook photo to a fiery crash.   Is it wrong?     The famed film critic certainly could not know for certain whether or not Dunn, one of the actors from the Jackass show and movies, was legally intoxicated.  

    He was going by this photo that circulated the internet.  


Now there were reports that Dunn had consumed three beers and three shots sometime around when this photo was taken.    That total could have been over 8 hours, or in 20 minutes.   We won’t know.   Ebert, clearly was assuming that Dunn, who was behind the wheel of the fiery crash, was above the legal limit to drive.    Facebook fans revolted on Roger, and people took to Twitter to attack the acclaimed critic.    Perez Hilton even lashed out at Ebert saying that the comments were too early.     If Dunn was drunk, when is it OK to be critical?    He’s still dead today, and will be tomorrow, the day after, next month, and next year.      Had a suspected drunk driver slammed into Dunn, nobody would be condemning Ebert for making the comments. 

Dunn didn’t just kill himself, he took the life of a passenger.    Zachary Hartwell, seen in the right of the above photo, was also killed.    Authorities believe that Dunn was going 100 MPH when he hit the guard rail and launched into a tree.   

Ebert’s comments may not have just been pointing a finger, he may also be reminding people of lives lost too earl because of drunk driving.    Again, we won’t know what Dunn’s BAC level was for a few weeks.     Ebert may be the messenger that’s being targeted.   If Dunn was drunk at the time of the crash, he’s the one who clearly sent the message





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The good people at Psych Central discussed home drug testing, and they interviewed TeenSaver Diagnostics President Steve Stahovich.

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