Archive for September, 2011

NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new study demonstrates the successfulness of a prevention program that educates and equips parents and other caregivers to be better able to deal with their teens on drug and alcohol issues. Its results were announced today by The Partnership at

The program, Parents360 Plus, is the latest innovation in PACT360, the law enforcement-led community education initiative developed by The Partnership at with grant funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The study was an independent evaluation conducted by Community Science, an award-winning research and development organization. The key findings of this study show that parents who received the intervention training had significantly greater increases in the important measures of
knowledge of substance abuse and related resources, and in self-efficacy (or confidence in their ability) in communicating with their teens on this topic than did control group parents who did not receive the intervention.

“It is noteworthy that there were significant effects three months later after a brief one-hour intervention, and without any further information being provided to test parents,” said Dr. LaKeesha Woods, Senior Associate, Community Science. “It generally is difficult to see significant changes after a one-time intervention, and these findings are indicative of the power of the program content. The significant increases in parental self-efficacy are particularly promising because of the relationship between self-efficacy and taking action – especially in the face of obstacles.”

“There is a recognized gap in existing prevention programs that increase parents’ confidence in talking with their kids about drugs and alcohol and their ability to find resources that deal with the problem,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO, The Partnership at “Parents360 Plus fills that gap and provides parents with the crucial tools and information they need to take positive action with their teens.”

“We are very pleased with the results of the evaluation of Parents360 Plus,” said Jim Burch, Deputy Director of the Bureau for Justice Assistance at the time of the study. “The Department of Justice places great importance on the ability of the programs it funds to be able to demonstrate positive outcomes and these results reinforce our confidence in the PACT360 program.”

During the study, parents in the intervention group attended a one-hour instructional presentation that provided information about why kids use drugs and alcohol, tips on communicating with them, how to spot drug and alcohol use, and what to do when they find it. Parents were given a video – depicting real stories of teens who have dealt with substance abuse – to view with their child at home, and a discussion guide to help them talk with their teens about what they learned. A baseline survey questionnaire was administered to both intervention and control parents prior to the intervention presentation, and both groups received follow-up questionnaires one month and three months after the baseline test.

Parents in the intervention group reported that they talked with their children about substance abuse once or twice in the last 30 days, expressed strong disapproval for their children using any type of drug, and indicated they practiced monitoring behaviors regularly to stay aware of their children’s whereabouts and activities. Eighty-eight percent of parents who attended the presentation also planned some of the suggested activities, with the vast majority of parents and teens reporting watching the program’s video together.

“The bottom line is that Parents360 Plus further enhances our efforts to provide local law enforcement and all community stakeholders with information and tools to help families avoid the pitfalls of drug and alcohol abuse,” Pasierb said. “Parent involvement is key to this effort. Our research has consistently shown us that kids who learn about the dangers of drugs at home from a caring adult are up to 50% less likely to use.”

The study’s findings will be featured in a manuscript being developed by Community Science to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The full study report is available for download at

This project was supported by Grant No. 2009-SC-B9-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Partnership at 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 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 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.

Community Science is an award winning research and development organization that works with governments, foundations, and non-profit organizations on solutions to social problems through community and other systems changes. Using state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative methods, Community Science’s goal is to strengthen the science and practice of community change in order to build healthy, just, and equitable communities. The organization’s services include research and evaluation services, capacity-building products and services, and initiative management and support. Community Science has conducted research and evaluation services for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, US Department of Justice, Office of Minority Health (HHS); and the Ford Mott, Kellogg, Knight, and other leading foundations. The primary focus of this work has been around substance abuse prevention, community health promotion, community and systems change strategies, systems of care, immigrant integration, organizational cross-cultural competency, leadership development, and food systems.

SOURCE The Partnership at

Parents are naive.

Ask most addiction and treatment
specialists and they will tell you that one of the more well-used
phrases from parents of adolescents is, “It’s not child.”


CS Mott Children’s Hospital poll, released today, indicates that the
thinking still exists in a society of surging teen prescription drug
use, and stories of kids getting high or dying from synthetic marijuana
and synthetic ecstasy.

According to the study, which polled
parents of children ages 13-17, only 1/3 of the parents believe drugs
are problem for children, and 1/5 believe alcohol is a problem in the

When it comes to whether or not THEIR kids is using,
10% of parents believe that their child has used alcohol in the last
year.   5% believe their child used marijuana in the same time period.

most recent usage information from the Monitoring the Future study
shows that those numbers are much higher.   52% of children say they
have used alcohol in the last year, and 28% have used marijuana.

parents are behind the times.   Alcohol and marijuana are everywhere.
Kids have it, sell it, and use it frequently.   They know this because
when asked how many kids use it.   They reported that 40% of OTHER kids
use marijuana and 60% or more of OTHER kids used alcohol.

believe that more kids are using than actually are, but in that inflated
number, they still can’t fathom that their child is among those users.

Parents need to wake up and realize that alcohol and drugs are a big part of the high school and even middle school cultures.




Meth is down, but other drug use remains high including marijuana and prescription drugs.

SAMHSA’s press release:

The  use of illicit drugs among Americans increased between 2008 and 2010
according to a national survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The National Survey on
Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that 22.6 million Americans 12 or
older (8.9-percent of the population) were current illicit drug users.
The rate of use in 2010 was similar to the rate in 2009 (8.7-percent),
but remained above the 2008 rate (8-percent).

An increased rate in  the current use of marijuana seems to be one of the prime factors in
the overall rise in illicit drug use. In 2010, 17.4 million Americans
were current users of marijuana – compared to 14.4 million in 2007. This
represents an increase in the rate of current marijuana use in the
population 12 and older from 5.8-percent in 2007 to 6.9-percent in 2010.

Another  disturbing trend is the continuing rise in the rate of current illicit
drug use among young adults aged 18 to 25 – from 19.6-percent in 2008 to
21.2-percent in 2009 and 21.5-percent in 2010. This increase was also
driven in large part by a rise in the rate of current marijuana use
among this population.

The annual NSDUH survey, released by SAMHSA
at the kickoff of the 22nd annual National Recovery Month (Recovery
Month) observance also shows that use rates for nonmedical use of
prescription drugs, hallucinogens and inhalants have remained at
approximately the same levels as 2009, and are also similar to rates in

“We stand at a crossroads in our nation’s efforts to prevent
substance abuse and addiction,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S.
Hyde. “These statistics represent real lives that are at risk from the
harmful and sometimes devastating effects of illicit drug use. This
nation cannot afford to risk losing more individuals, families and
communities to illicit drugs or from other types of substance abuse –
instead, we must do everything we can to effectively promote prevention,
treatment and recovery programs across our country.”

“Emerging research reveals potential links between state laws permitting access to
smoked medical marijuana and higher rates of marijuana use,” said Gil
Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “In light of what
we know regarding the serious harm of illegal drug use, I urge every
family – but particularly those in states targeted by pro-drug political
campaigns – to redouble their efforts to shield young people from
serious harm by educating them about the real health and safety
consequences caused by illegal drug use.”

Among the survey’s other  noteworthy findings is that the majority (55-percent) of persons aged
12 and older who had used prescription pain relievers non-medically in
the past 12 months received them from a friend or relative for free.
Only 4.4-percent of those misusing pain relievers in the past year
reported getting their supply from a drug dealer and 0.4-percent bought
it on the Internet.

Despite some troubling trends, the 2010 NSDUH  showed some areas of improvement in terms of lower use levels for
certain substances. The number of current methamphetamine users
decreased by roughly half from 2006 to 2010 – from 731,000 people age 12
and older (0.3-percent) to 353,000 (0.1-percent). Cocaine use has also
declined, from 2.4 million current users in 2006 to 1.5 million in 2010.
In addition, among 12 – 17 year olds there were decreases between 2009
and 2010 in current drinking rates (from 14.7-percent down to
13.6-percent) and current tobacco use rates (from 11.6-percent to

As in previous years, the 2010 NSDUH shows a vast
disparity between the number of people needing specialized treatment for
a substance abuse problem and the number who actually receive it.
According to the survey, 23.1 million Americans aged 12 or older
(9.1-percent) needed specialized treatment for a substance abuse
problem, but only 2.6 million (or roughly 11.2-percent of them) received

NSDUH is a scientifically conducted annual survey of
approximately 67,500 people throughout the country, aged 12 and older.
Because of its statistical power, it is the nation’s premier source of
statistical information on the scope and nature of many substance abuse
behavioral health issues affecting the nation.

The complete survey findings are available on the SAMHSA Web site at

For more information about SAMHSA, please visit

Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance that
recognizes the accomplishments of people in recovery from mental and
substance use disorders, the contributions of treatment providers, and
spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to
overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people
can and do recover. Electronic versions of Recovery Month materials are
available at

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is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human
Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and
mental illness on America’s communities.

Teensavers is applauding the DEA, after the government agency decided
to temporarily ban possession and sale of three synthetic stimulants –
often marketed as “bath salts” – as dangerous chemicals that pose an
imminent hazard to public health.


This is the full release from the DEA regarding the move:

DEA Moves to Emergency Control Synthetic Stimulants
Agency Will Study Whether To Permanently Control Three Substances

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using its
emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control three synthetic
stimulants (Mephedrone , 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and
Methylone).   This action was necessary to protect the public from the
imminent hazard posed by these dangerous chemicals. Except as authorized
by law, this action will make possessing and selling these chemicals or
the products that contain them illegal in the U.S. for at least one
year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human
Services (DHHS) further study whether these chemicals should be
permanently controlled.
A Notice of Intent to temporarily control was published in the Federal
Register today to alert the public to this action. This alert is
required by law as part of the Controlled Substances Act. In 30 days or
more, DEA intends to publish in the Federal Register a Final Order to
temporarily control these chemicals for at least 12 months, with the
possibility of a six-month extension. The final order will be published
in the Federal Register and will designate these chemicals as
Schedule I substances, the most restrictive category, which is reserved
for unsafe, highly abused substances with no currently accepted medical
use in the United States.

imminent action by the DEA demonstrates that there is no tolerance for
those who manufacture, distribute, or sell these drugs anywhere in the
country, and that those who do will be shut down, arrested, and
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said DEA Administrator
Michele M. Leonhart.  “DEA has made it clear we will not hesitate to use
our emergency scheduling authority to control these dangerous chemicals
that pose a significant and growing threat to our nation.”
Over the past few months, there has been a growing use of, and interest
in, synthetic stimulants sold under the guise of “bath salts” or “plant
food”. Marketed under names such as “Ivory Wave”, “Purple Wave”,
“Vanilla Sky” or “Bliss”, these products are comprised of a class of
chemicals perceived as mimics of cocaine, LSD, MDMA, and/or
methamphetamine. Users have reported impaired perception, reduced motor
control, disorientation, extreme paranoia, and violent episodes. The
long-term physical and psychological effects of use are unknown but
potentially severe. These products have become increasingly popular,
particularly among teens and young adults, and are sold at a variety of
retail outlets, in head shops and over the Internet.  However, they have
not been approved by the FDA for human consumption or for medical use,
and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process.
In the last six months, DEA has received an increasing number of
reports from poison centers, hospitals and law enforcement regarding
products containing one or more of these chemicals.  Thirty-three states
have already taken action to control or ban these or other synthetic
stimulants.  The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 amends the
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to allow the DEA Administrator to
temporarily schedule an abused, harmful, non-medical substance in order
to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety while the formal
rule-making procedures described in the CSA are being conducted.

An adolescent drug problem is not just that child’s problem.   It is a
family problem.   Families need a family solution.   That’s where the
Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit comes in.   Parents can go through mixed
feelings when discovering a drug problem.   But they should be relieved
that they discovered the problem before it is too late.



Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit can detect drugs in your child’s system
that can go undetected by the naked eye.   Most parents think they can
spot if their child was on drugs.  It’s not that easy.   Gone are the
days of smelling your teen for marijuana after a Friday or Saturday
party.   Kids are abusing prescriptions not only to get high socially,
but to help cope with the stress of everyday life.

The Teensavers team is always standing by to answer your questions before, during, and after you use the home drug test kit.


The Associated Press today updates the latest in the Austin Box death.

Box,  a 22 year old football player at Oklahoma University died of an
overdose May 19th.   He had been ingesting prescriptions not authorized
to him.

Craig and Gail Box told The Associated Press there were
“stark” text messages on their son’s cell phone that may pinpoint to  at
least two people know who was supplying him with some of his pain pills
before his death.

Box’s father Craig told the AP, “It’s evident what the discussion is.  All I can say is that learning of one person’s
involvement has been very devastating to our family. It was somebody
close to Austin.”

Craig Box has indicated that the source was not someone associated with the OU football program.

The  Box family provided the information to authorities.   An autopsy found
the painkillers oxymorphone, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone,
oxycodone and the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam in Box’s system, and
cited “mixed drug toxicity” as a probable cause of death.

Investigators couldn’t find any legal prescriptions on file for the drugs Box took.

Austin Box is a reminder that even the big and strong can succumb to accidental drug use.

Young  athletes can learn from this tragedy.   Parents can learn that because
it appears that your child is performing at a high level of competition,
does not mean they are drug free.

We recommend that all parents of athletes consider using a Teensavers Home Drug Test to make sure
their budding athlete is not abusing drugs.