Archive for July, 2011


Just wanted to give a heads up that Steve Stahovich, the man behind
the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit was featured on the moms blog
“Whirlwind of surprises.”

The blog is also giving away two free tests.

Click here for more details:

 

 

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Sadly, it comes as no surprise hearing the news over the weekend of
Amy Winehouse’s death.   Her mother had predicted it.   Her father
resigned to the fact that she was slowly killing herself.   Regardless
of her actual cause of death (at the latest hour no drugs were found
inside the home), Winehouse punished her body with toxicity.

Pondering
what to write today, since I didn’t want to be an immediate basher of
the recently departed, I couldn’t really top an article I had read.
Chris Willman posed the question, “Could Amy Winehouse have been saved?”

When a user will not listen to parents, siblings, the love of their life, a mentor, or strangers who will they listen to?

Instead
of rehashing what’s been said all over the globe, I offer you a good
read about the sometimes helplessness in fighting an addict.

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/stopthepresses/392232/could-amy-winehouse-have-been-saved/

 

 

The Teensavers Team often warns parents about the growing problem
regarding teens stealing pills from the medicine cabinet.   While these
adolescent opiate addictions can often start at home, there are other
ways teens get pills.

NEED A HOME DRUG TEST FOR YOUR TEEN?  CLICK HERE!

A
teen may not start pilfering pills until first being exposed to the
medications elsewhere.  Perhaps they got a Xanax or Oxycontin from a
friend.   Adults with good intentions are not always the source of the
rising prescription abuse problems.

Case in point: A 71 year-old
Orange County doctor, with two practices in Los Angeles is expected to
plead guilty today to charges of prescribing unnecessary narcotics.
Prosecutors allege that Nazzar Al-Bussam wrote 60,000 prescriptions over
a four year span.   At the minimum, there are typically 20 pills per
prescription.   That’s means from 2007-2010, this doctor put 1.2 million
pills on the streets.

Those pills end up somewhere.   They’re
not ingested solely by 47-year-olds.   The pills filter their way into
the hands of adolescents.   It is good that the government is cracking
down on doctors who are writing fraudulent pills.   Parents can do all
they can to lock up pills, but when dealers are getting their hands on
hundreds of thousands of pills, the problem will still be there.

 

 

The Teensavers team feels for Arkansas Razorbacks football coach
Bobby Petrino.  The coach’s son was arrested last night on suspicion of
driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and possession of
prescription drugs.

The coach recently dismissed a player for
an alcohol related arrested for a second DUI.   But now he’s forced to
deal with this issue in the home.   23-year-old Dominic Petrino had
alcohol, marijuana, and opiates in his system.

Here is a man who
is supposed to lead dozens of young adult men on the football field, and
hopefully help steer them as men.   But it appears he’s not steering
them away from drugs and/or alcohol and it appears he’s no steering his
own family members away from dangerous narcotics.

It’s unknown
what the punishment for the young Petrino will be if a jury convicts
him.   But he is an example of how the son of anyone can fall into the
temptations of drug abuse.    Hopefully coach Petrino can come out and
issue an anti-drug message.   A young child hoping to be the next
Razorbacks phenom someday won’t get the message that drugs are bad from
these situations.

This is an opportunity for the coach to issue a
message that’s loud and clear; Razorbacks and the Razorback family do
not use drugs.

If you know a child or young adult who may be abusing drugs, get them the help they need by clicking HERE.

 

The creators of the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit take great pride in being a Parent Tested, Parent Approved winner.   We also interact with parents every day who support us.   We appreciate The Steady Hand mom’s blog.    It is great to know that parents hold us in regard as a necessity between posts about coupons, and other valuable products and services.   Whether or not you agree with home drug testing, having the conversation the drug talk with your kids is a great start.   Here is the link to the steady hand blog.

http://thesteadyhandblog.com/myteensavers-com/

The Box family today released a statement regarding the Oklahoma Sooner’s overdose and accidental death.

There is no greater pain than the loss of a child. The pain is intensified by knowing that the death of your child could have been prevented. Austin was a young man who carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. He was grateful for his many talents, and felt he must always live up to his gifts. Two words he spoke often say so much, “Of course”. It did not matter who was asking, whether it be a fan asking for an autograph, or simply a stranger wanting to talk–the response was a smile and “Of course”. His greatest fear was letting down other people whether it was his teammates, coaches, friends, or family. In his twenty-two years of life, he never thought to complain because he felt he had been given so much.

Our son endured many injuries during the last seven years of his life, most of them required surgery. The last was the most frightening for him. In August of the 2010 season, he had a disc rupture in his back, and he lost the feeling in his left foot. We were certain his career was over. As always though, he battled back when he saw the team needed him. Willing his battered body back to the field where only the most elite do battle. It is with much sadness; we look back and see that recently Austin had turned to other methods of managing his pain. Methods that we hope if others are employing, they will see this tragic accident as a message and think about the consequences. Our greatest regret is that Austin did not feel he could share his pain with those who loved him, and those he touched. He chose to suffer in silence rather than to feel he let someone down, or hurt his family.

We will forever love, honor, and cherish his memory. Thank you to all of those who have shared stories about how Austin touched your lives in a positive way. We are comforted by the knowledge that God knows what is in a man’s heart. Anyone that knew Austin would give testament to his pure heart. The love and pride we feel for our son cannot be diminished by the cause of his death. He gave us so much joy and so many wonderful memories. He will forever be “Mommy’s baby” and “Daddy’s little boy”.

With much grief and sadness,

Craig and Gail Box

 

Our hearts go out to the Box family.   Hopefully this serves as a reminder to all parents to closely monitor their loved ones.   Perhaps we can prevent tragedies, like this one, from happening again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teensavers salutes Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 2011.

IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WITH A DRUG PROBLEM OR SUSPECT A DRUG PROBLEM IN YOUR HOME CLICK HERE

Senator
Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) has introduced a three pronged plan to combat
prescription drug abuse.  The Senator introduced his plan at a New York
pharmacy.

Schumer’s plan calls for:

  1. Added medical training for painkiller prescription and addiction training related to those medications.
  2. Stiffer penalties for thieves convicted of stealing painkillers.
  3. A new federal prescription tracking system that would cross state lines.

Schumer
also believes that disallowing banks from accepting credit card
transactions from online pharmacies would have a similar effect as the
online gambling ban.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/A-3-point-plan-to-battle-prescription-drug-abuse-1461817.php#ixzz1RuFZMHt1

The
truth is that many of these pills lead to a severe opiate addiction.   A
lot of these kids trying these pills turn to heroin, because it is a
better high at a cheaper cost to them.

Understanding prescription drug abuse is something many parents need to do.

A
Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit can help detect if your teen is using
drugs.  You can get one at Walgreens.com or by clicking HERE.

 

 

 

 

The Teensavers Team is looking through the updated NSBCS regarding
the drug war on our borders.   Can that war really be won?   It seems
now we have an as equally great challenge with pills distributed by our
doctors and our pharmacies.  Here is the early press release from the
Obama administration.

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NOGALES,
Ariz. – Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today joined
National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Customs and
Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin, DHS Office of
Counternarcotics Enforcement Director Grayling Williams, and other
public health and safety officials to release the 2011 National
Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy – a key component of the
Obama Administration’s unprecedented efforts to enhance security along
the Southwest border.  The strategy outlines Federal, state, local,
tribal, and international actions to reduce the flow of illicit drugs,
cash, and weapons across the border, and highlights the Obama
Administration’s support for promoting strong border communities by
expanding access to drug treatment and supporting programs that break
the cycle of drug use, violence, and crime.

“Disrupting the flow
of illegal drugs across our borders is critical to our nation’s safety
and security,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Through this strategy, the
Obama Administration will continue to strengthen our coordinated efforts
to interdict drug traffickers and disrupt their links to terrorism and
organized crime.”

“The demand for illegal drugs in America is a
driving factor for violence, addiction, and crime on both sides of our
border,” said Kerlikowske.  “Federal, state, local, tribal, and
international efforts to reduce the threat of drug trafficking along the
Southwest border are paying off, but we cannot let up.  We must
continue to dismantle the transnational criminal organizations that prey
upon our communities while also supporting programs and initiatives
that reduce drug consumption in the United States and Mexico.”

“Drug
trafficking cartels are responsible for some of the most devastating
violence and criminal activity along the Southwest border and beyond,
penetrating into communities large and small throughout this country.
To be effective in fighting these criminal organizations, we must
aggressively employ all of our international, Federal, state, local and
tribal resources, and the strategy unveiled today is a critical piece of
this Administration’s comprehensive efforts to dismantle these
cartels,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Through this strategy and
the coordinated efforts with our law enforcement and other partners, we
can continue to target these organizations, disrupt domestic
transportation and distribution cells, and seize as many of the
organization’s assets as possible.”

“Targeting, disrupting and
dismantling Mexican drug cartels and their trafficking organizations
operating on both sides of the border is a top priority for DEA” said
Michele M. Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement
Administration.  “The National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy
strengthens collaboration with our American and Mexican partners as
together we seek to reduce drug addiction, secure our border, and bring
these traffickers and their leaders to justice.”

The National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy
increases coordination and information sharing between Federal, and
state and local law enforcement agencies, and calls for continued close
collaboration with the Government of Mexico in their efforts against the
drug cartels – highlighting national efforts to interdict the
southbound flow of weapons and illicit currency and reduce the demand
for drugs.  The Director of National Drug Control Policy will oversee
the implementation of the strategy, in coordination with the Department
of Homeland Security, Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, and the
Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General. The
strategy will be implemented in coordination with other border related
efforts, including the Merida Initiative, led by the State Department,
and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing Southwest border
security efforts.

Under the Southwest Border Initiative the Obama
Administration has deployed unprecedented amount of personnel,
technology, and resources along the Southwest border – nearly doubling
the number of Border Patrol agents from approximately 10,000 in 2004 to
over 20,700 today, screening of 100% of southbound rail shipments, and
for the first time providing critical surveillance capabilities to
personnel on the ground through unmanned aerial systems that cover the
Southwest border from California to Texas.  Over the past two and a half
years, DHS has seized 75 percent more currency, 31 percent more drugs,
and 64 percent more weapons along the Southwest border as compared to
the last two and a half years during the previous administration.
Additionally, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has allocated
nearly 29 percent of its domestic agent positions to the Southwest
border, while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased
its Federal agents on the border, and the Department of Justice (DOJ)
has secured a record number of extraditions from Mexico: 94 in 2010
compared to 12 in 2000 and trained over 5,400 Mexican prosecutors and
investigators.

The National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy
is an integral component of the Administration’s broader national drug
control policy. This policy includes a renewed commitment to reduce the
demand for illegal drugs at home through a balanced approach that
provides increased support to prevention, treatment, and other programs.

For a full copy of the 2011 National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy click here.

 

Flipping the channels over the long holiday weekend, I came across an
episode of “Good Times.”   A frequent viewer of the show in the rerun
years, I watched two episodes.   I had not seen these, but they left a
lasting impression on me.

The premise of this episode was J.J.
planning on skipping his prom and eloping with his high school
girlfriend.   While that was the plot, the subplot began to grab more of
my attention.   Turns out, J.J.’s girlfriend had a secret heroin
problem.    Well through a series of mixups… the family discovers the
heroin.     So through a little subterfuge, they have Thelma call, and
request that the dealer bring more to the Evans home.   Of course James
is ready to ring this “dealer’s” neck, as is the father of the
girlfriend.

When the knock comes at the door, they grab the collar
of a small boy.    He smugly tells them that they can take his supply,
but he has much more.   He also tells them that he will distribute
plenty of it on the playground at school.    I thought to myself that
this social commentary from 1974 still applied today.

Kids are
arrogantly stealing medicine, buying and selling it, and using it
without fear.  Heroin has been surging.   If you don’t believe me,
GOOGLE your major metropolitan city on the internet with “drugs and
teens.”

Here in Southern California, one of the top writers at the
Orange County Register recently painted the bleak picture about the
drug epidemic in our schools, and with our teens.   You can read that
column clicking HERE.

Perhaps
now, these family shows can remind people, that drugs are deadly, and
they destroy families.    One Tree Hill had a small scene about drugs
and home drug testing, but we aren’t talking about children as young as 8
and 9.   When will we deliver a message to help our growing youth.
TV shows should not pretend that adolescence is always a bowl of
cherries as depicted on iCarly, Wizards of Waverly Place, and So
Random.    These shows could do a lot by teaching children and their
parents that drugs are still a major problem in our community today.

 

 

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