Archive for August, 2011

As the teen drug problem continues to grow, more people are starting
to talk about the concept of drug testing student at schools.  One
study, recently published  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, finds that drug testing IN SCHOOLS, is not effective.


email box was stuffed with article from pro-marijuana websites and
blogs claiming some sort of victory in favor of pot.    Basically,
people who enjoy using drugs, took this information and ran with it.
Many tried to use it as an opportunity to debunk drunk testing of any
kind.   With some of these stories you could almost hear a “nah nah nah nah nah, you can’t test us” tone in their voices.

truth is, we agree that schools carrying out drug testing is not as
effective as home testing.   We also believe that a drug problem within
the family should stay within the family.  It is best solved within the
family.   A school district does not need to know which kids are using
drugs, if the problem is being treated by caring parents.

annual scheduled drug test will not prevent a teenager from using drugs
the rest of the year.   They will know when to be clean by, and they
will spend the next 10 months partying.

The only way that drug
testing works is random, and perhaps frequent drug testing conducted in a
private manner between parents and child.   This keeps teens on their
toes year round.   So when that party comes up every Friday and Saturday
night, they can tell their friends, “sorry, I can’t try that, my
parents might test me.”






Oxycontin is powerful.   It’s a very strong narcotic when used legitimately and it is very glamorous to substance abusers.


Fox News recently ran a story on the celebrity obsession with Oxycontin.   You can read about it by clicking HERE.

And  while many would think that this is obsession is just a popular crazy
for Hollywood’s rich and famous, it is not.    Teens are using and
becoming hooked on Oxycontin and other opiates at alarming rates.   They
scrape together money to buy these pills.   They might also borrow, and
ultimately steal their way to another Oxy.   And when they can’t afford
to pay the $25-$40 price per pill, they turn to heroin.

Heroin is
also a strong substance, but is much cheaper than Oxy and more readily
available.    Soon, those kids who were hooked on Oxycontin, are now
hooked on heroin.

It doesn’t take much for a teen to get
hooked on these medications.  They are not scared to try these pills.
And once they like this high, they come back for more.

drug testing is a good way to keep your teen away from drugs.   Just
having a Teensavers home drug test around the house can help influence
your teen to say, “No. I can’t try that.  My parents drug test me.”
And using home drug tests can help ensure that they aren’t sneaking
medications into their system.    It is often difficult to detect when a
teen is using a pill.   Unlike marijuana or alcohol, there is no

Hollywood’s obsession with fashion certainly transcends
to the public.   They want to wear what Jennifer Aniston, Kim
Kardashian, or Justin Bieber are wearing.    Likewise, the public might
want to experience what Courtney Love, Heath Ledger, or Michael Jackson
once used.

Make sure your loved ones are drug free.   Consider using Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits.




A recent news story reported that a teen was arrested after they came to school high on drugs.   The freshman had apparently taken Ambien, a prescription sleeping drug.   The drug was registered to someone else.   An alert teach noticed that the student was groggy and disoriented in class. The student had apparently taken the pill before school.

Fortunately the teacher in this Omaha, Kanasa district was not only observant but proactive and reporting the teen.     Here you have a 14-year-old taking prescriptions in order to be high through the school day.    This isn’t an 18-year-old senior with 2 weeks left (that’s not OK either!)    This is a student who is at a critical age for mental and social development.

Maybe in order to keep our kids prepared for tests in schools, we should be giving them home drug tests.    We can’t ask teacher to do their jobs in educating our kids, when parents aren’t doing their job.    We wouldn’t send children to school naked.    We wouldn’t send them without lunches or snacks.    We wouldn’t send them without supplies.    Allowing a child to attend school under the influence is just poor parenting.

It’s about time parents lock up the drugs in the house, and drug test their kids.

If you know someone who needs help with an addiction, the Teensavers team can help.  CLICK HERE.


(AP) — Addiction isn’t just about willpower. It’s a chronic brain
disease, says a new definition aimed at helping families and their
doctors better understand the challenges of treating it.

is about a lot more than people behaving badly,” says Dr. Michael M.
Miller of the American Society for Addiction Medicine.

That’s true
whether it involves drugs and alcohol or gambling and compulsive
eating, the doctors group said Monday. And like other chronic conditions
such as heart disease or diabetes, treating addiction and preventing
relapse is a long-term endeavor, the specialists concluded.

generally is described by its behavioral symptoms — the highs, the
cravings, and the things people will do to achieve one and avoid the
other. The new definition doesn’t disagree with the standard guide for
diagnosis based on those symptoms.

But two decades of neuroscience
have uncovered how addiction hijacks different parts of the brain, to
explain what prompts those behaviors and why they can be so hard to
overcome. The society’s policy statement, published on its Web site,
isn’t a new direction as much as part of an effort to translate those
findings to primary care doctors and the general public.

behavioral problem is a result of brain dysfunction,” agrees Dr. Nora
Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

welcomed the statement as a way to help her own agency’s work to spur
more primary care physicians to screen their patients for signs of
addiction. NIDA estimates that 23 million Americans need treatment for
substance abuse but only about 2 million get that help. Trying to add
compassion to the brain findings, NIDA even has made readings from
Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night” a part of meetings
where primary care doctors learn about addiction.

Then there’s the
frustration of relapses, which doctors and families alike need to know
are common for a chronic disease, Volkow says.

“You have family
members that say, ‘OK, you’ve been to a detox program, how come you’re
taking drugs?'” she says. “The pathology in the brain persists for years
after you’ve stopped taking the drug.”

Just what does happen in the brain? It’s a complex interplay of emotional, cognitive and behavioral networks.

plays a role, meaning some people are more vulnerable to an addiction
if they, say, experiment with drugs as a teenager or wind up on potent
prescription painkillers after an injury.

Age does, too. The
frontal cortex helps put the brakes on unhealthy behaviors, Volkow
explains. It’s where the brain’s reasoning side connects to
emotion-related areas. It’s among the last neural regions to mature, one
reason that it’s harder for a teenager to withstand peer pressure to
experiment with drugs.

Even if you’re not biologically vulnerable
to begin with, perhaps you try alcohol or drugs to cope with a stressful
or painful environment, Volkow says. Whatever the reason, the brain’s
reward system can change as a chemical named dopamine conditions it to
rituals and routines that are linked to getting something you’ve found
pleasurable, whether it’s a pack of cigarettes or a few drinks or even
overeating. When someone’s truly addicted, that warped system keeps them
going back even after the brain gets so used to the high that it’s no
longer pleasurable.

Make no mistake: Patients still must choose to
fight back and treat an addiction, stresses Miller, medical director of
the Herrington Recovery Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital in
Oconomowoc, Wis.

But understanding some of the brain reactions at
the root of the problem will “hopefully reduce some of the shame about
some of these issues, hopefully reduce stigma,” he says.

And while
most of the neuroscience centers on drug and alcohol addiction, the
society notes that it’s possible to become addicted to gambling, sex or
food although there’s no good data on how often that happens. It’s time
for better study to find out, Miller says.

Meanwhile, Volkow says
intriguing research is under way to use those brain findings to develop
better treatments — not just to temporarily block an addict’s high but
to strengthen the underlying brain circuitry to fend off relapse.

Miller’s wish list: Learning why some people find recovery easier and
faster than others, and “what does brain healing look like.”

EDITOR’S NOTE — Lauran Neergaard covers health and medical issues for The Associated Press.

People ask, who reliable is the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit?   It is laboratory accurate, which means you can rely on the product.   It is also easy to use.   We know that parents do not want to put on rubber gloves and mess around with urine.   That’s why our test is unlike those other dip strips and shake and activate cups.

America’s Parenting Coach show us how easy it is to use a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit in this video.     And if you need one of these tests for your family, you can buy them at by clicking HERE.


Teensavers has received a new study out today reveals that parents now consider drug use as a
critical health concern for children.   In the 5th annual survey of the
top 10 health concerns for kids showed drug use and obesity tied as the
top concerns.


poll was conducted by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s
Hospital.  Most of the top 10 health concerns pertain to long-recognized
risky behaviors for youth: drug, alcohol and tobacco use, as well as
teen pregnancy. The top 10 overall health concerns for U.S. children in
2011 and the percentage of adults who rate each item as a “big problem”

  • 1. Childhood obesity, 33%
  • 2. Drug abuse, 33%
  • 3. Smoking and tobacco use, 25%
  • 4. Teen pregnancy, 24%
  • 5. Bullying, 24%
  • 6. Internet safety, 23%
  • 7. Stress, 22%
  • 8. Alcohol abuse, 20%
  • 9. Driving accidents, 20%
  • 10. Sexting, 20%

perception of drug abuse as a big problem matches recent national data
showing increasing use of marijuana and other drugs by US teens,” says
Matthew Davis, M.D., director of the National Poll on Children’s Health
and associate professor in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit
at the U-M Medical School. “Meanwhile, although obesity remains atop
the list of child health concerns for the fourth straight year, the
level of public concern has declined over the last few years in our
poll,” Davis says. “This may be a warning to public health officials,
because it indicates how the public is hearing national messages that
previous increases in children’s obesity rates have recently leveled

New York Massapequa’s Assemblyman Joseph Saladino has set up a new task force to combat heroin and prescription drug abuse.

The press conference included the mothers of two recent drug induced fatalities.

You can see a video montage from the press event by clicking HERE.

TeenSaver Diagnostics Inc., an Irvine, California based company, is
thrilled to announce that the most family friendly and most accurate
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There are five different Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kits available on
— 1-panel ($16.99) Marijuana (THC) test.
— 3-panel ($21.99), which tests for Marijuana, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine.
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“After my history of
substance abuse treatment, I am proud to provide home drug testing
choices to families,” said Stahovich. “Most times a teen may admit to
smoking marijuana, but our tests can help catch if there is a silent
substance in your child’s system. Our home drug tests offer not only
results, but guidance before, during, and after you gives the test.”

Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kit is 99.9% accurate, made in America, and
approved by the FDA. The test is endorsed by America’s Parenting Coach,
Tim Chapman, a 30-year treatment veteran. Chapman says the Teensavers®
Home Drug Test Kit is a tool that belongs in all family medicine
cabinets. “Kids are turning to prescription drugs in alarming numbers.
This test can be your weapon in not only detecting the drug use, but
deterring it. Having this test at home puts teens on notice that they
could face drug testing at any time. The next time they are asked to try
drugs by someone they know, they won’t hesitate to say, “I can’t. My
parents home drug test me.””

The Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kit
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It is a hotly debated proposal.   A new bill would require parents to
drug test their children in order to keep them in school.   Long Island
lawmaker Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa)  introduced the
bill this week.   The bill would force parents to sign a statement
swearing they had tested their children annually.   The students tested
would be high schoolers, grades 9th through 12th.   The results would
not be relayed to school administrators.

The Teensavers Team
applauds Saladino for his efforts.  After all, parents who discover that
their child is using a substance, can help correct the problem.
Oftentimes, a teenagers habit becomes a full blown addiction before
loved ones find out.   Treating the problem at that point can be

While we always encourage parents to use drug tests to
help ensure that their kids are clean, there are a few problems we see
with this bill.  First, testing only once a year doesn’t do a whole
lot.   If you test your teen in January, they have another 10 months of
potential substance abuse.    The key to home drug testing is regular
and random.   Your teen should know that they could be tested at any
time, but at no specific time.  This also helps prevent a kid from
possessing substitute urine or a masking agent handy.

The other
problem we have with the bill is that it starts with 8th grades.
14-years-old is not the entry age for drug use.   SAMHSA stats say that
2500 children experiement with drugs for the first time every day, and
some of them are as young as 8-years-old.   This policy would work
better for children grades 6th and up.    Now you are looking at 11 and
12-year-olds, who may just be experimenting with marijuana or other
controlled substances.   Early detection is key when trying to cutoff a
growing drug problem.  By high school, kids have more means to find
masking agents, or find someone to provide them with a urine sample.

Teensavers believes that Saladino is on the right path.   He told CBS2 in New York,

“We want to make sure that parents have the tools
they need to determine if there’s an addiction problem with a serious
drug — we’re talking heroin, barbiturates, opiates — the kinds of drugs
that lead to death,” Saladino said.

He claimed the bill is designed to assist parents.

a teen becomes 18-years-old, they’re an adult, and parents lose all
control of the situation and are not able to get them into rehab,” Saladino said. “This helps parents identify the problem early.”

believe Saladino is working towards a great plan to help keep kids off
drugs.   What we are proud to see is that he responded after a series of
heroin deaths in his community.   Many lawmakers are not doing much to
help fight this surging drug problem.

Hopefully Saladino can wake up the parents of these kids, and let them know that this threat is for real.