Archive for April, 2012


Many people ask where they can find a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit for their family.  We always tell them there are many retailers to choose from including their neighborhood Health Mart pharmacy.

If you are looking for a test kit to make sure your teen is drug free, call your neighborhood Health Mart pharmacy.

If they don’t have one on the shelf, they can order one for you and have it in the store within 24 hours.

Click here for a store nearest your neighborhood.

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Teensavers wants parents to see new research that published this past weekend detailing a potential difference in the brain of kids who turn to cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs at a younger age.

DON’T GUESS IF YOUR TEEN IS EXPERIMENTING WITH DRUGS. HOME DRUG TESTING CAN HELP EMPOWER YOUR TEEN TO SAY NO, AND KEEP THEM FROM A DEVASTATING ADDICTION. CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT TEENSAVERS HOME DRUG TEST KITS.

The findings are featured in Nature Neuroscience.

It connects early decision making to use harmful substances at a young age with neurons in the brain.

Scientists conducted MRI scans to compare the the brains of almost two thousand 14-year-olds.

They found a tremendous difference in teens who had used substances at an early age, versus those teens who were able to say no.

The main area of difference was found in the orbitofrontal cortex. That part of the brain is involved in the decision making. The networks within that region may not be working as well for children who use substances at an early age.

One of the key inabilities is impulse regulation. Many kids are able to avoid the temptation, while some simply cannot withstand the challenge of not using substances.

You can read more on the studies by clicking HERE.

Despite the massive attempts to clamp down on the manufacturing and sales of synthetic marijuana, the product continue to thrive, and many Americans, including an explosion of teens are using it regularly.

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Now the European Union says that these product are being created weekly, with 4 new variations hitting the streets per month.

The Lisbon-based European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) said 49 new “psychoactive” substances were officially notified for the first time in 2011 through an EU early-warning system.

This is an increase from 2010, where 41 substances hit the market, and 2009 where 24 new variations surfaced.

“This represents the largest number of substances ever reported in a single year, up from 41 substances reported in 2010 and 24 reported in 2009,” said the agency.

The largest group – 23 – were synthetic laboratory-designed substances that imitate the effects of cannabis, such as products marketed as “Spice”, and a further eight that imitate the effects of amphetamine and ecstasy, such as mephedrone.

What we are also seeing are new designer medicines which are created to mimic the effects of popular medications by slightly altering their chemical compounds.

The report also says that more than 700 websites are selling these products.

These products are sold at traditional American brick and mortar locations like gas stations, convenience stores, and tobacco shops. The products are described as being in many forms, including plant food, incense, and other common household products like bath salts.

There is a warning on the labels “not meant for human consumption” but that warning can often be the indicator to kids that this is the junk that will get them high.

Parents need to be vigilant for this. Current home drug testing approved by the FDA for over the counter use does not detect these products. Any other tests that have been approved by the FDA for sale, are forensic only products. Beware of anyone trying to sell you a synthetic marijuana test at this point, as testing has concluded that these are highly unreliable.

A New report out says that teens have found a new way to get high by drinking hand sanitizer.

The California Poison Control System reports 60 illnesses related to teens drinking hand sanitizer since 2010 from patients 13 and older.

Hand sanitizer, which has 62% ethyl alcohol, produces a potent drink that can cause alcohol poisoning.

There were also 147 cases involving children ages 6 to 12.

There were 2,180 cases of children between the ages of newborn and 5 but those ingestions are considered accidental.

The best measure parents can take is to buy the foam version instead of the gel. The gel can be manipulated to separate out the alcohol. The foam version cannot.

Look no further than that DEA’s website. You can enter your zip code and it will map out the closest locations for Saturday’s annual drug take back day . This is a good time to clean out the medicine cabinets if you are a parent. You may want to help your aging parents clean out their unused medicines.

Please do not leave these supplies available for kids. Too many kids have started their habit with help from the invisible drug dealer in the home. Don’t fuel your child’s addiction.

Click RIGHT HERE for quick access to the drug take back event in your town.

Teensavers salutes Demi Lovato for her bravery, and making children and parents aware that alcohol and drugs are out there.

Teen starlets have long been drinkers and drug users in the Hollywood scene.

We’ve scene our share of addicts. Some found sobriety. Others continue to be plagued with problems.

Demi Lovato may be the most recent victim.

But Lovato may be one of the first young celebrities to accuse club promoters of plying her with alcohol and drugs.

She told Fabulous magazine that in addition to her struggles with bulimia, depression, cutting, and bullying, she turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with her demons.

“Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs,” she told Fabulous. “They wanted me to come back so I would be seen there. They were basically kissing my [expletive.]”

She says that “Nobody says ‘no.’ That’s why so many end up overdosing and dying. It could definitely have happened to me.”

Lovato’s honesty is refreshing to see. Many celebrities wouldn’t out being served at clubs and restaurants. 95% of them would take advantage of it. Numerous younger stars have been reported in 21 and over clubs and seen drinking by paparazzi and tabloid journalists.

A quick search of Google shows the very first result being a TMZ article from 2006, which reported that Jesse McCartney, the Olsen sisters, and Frankie Muniz were all underage and drinking.

In recent memory, no younger celebrity has come forward talking about the carte blanche lifestyle they are offered by club and restaurant owners.

Some of Lovato’s peers include singer-actress Selena Gomez. Gomez has appeared to live a clean lifestyle, and grabs more headlines for her romance with squeaky clean Justin Bieber.

Last year Bieber and Gomez were at a popular restaurant bar in Costa Mesa, a dark spot in the basement of a pretty obscure building. The two easily could have been drinking at the establishment, but all accounts were that the two were alcohol free.

Bieber, who has one of the largest followings of any celebrity should be applauded more for his ability to not fall into the party lifestyle many other famous teen celebs stumble into. He and Gomez are setting a great example.

Lovato, who has seemingly overcome her problems, should also be commended for publicly facing these issues. Teens and their parents can learn from these celebrities. Sure, their music is not what parents grew up listening to. But these kids are sending the right message. Lovato fell into a dark place, but sees the light, and encourages other kids to stay clean.

Parents need to have frequent talks with their kids about alcohol and drugs. They are killing our teens. Binge drinking, marijuana smoking, and prescription drugs plague our kids. Parents should be communicating with kids about night and weekend plans, who they are socializing with, and having conversations with them when they get home.

Parents shouldn’t be nervous or ashamed checking their kids for drugs and alcohol, and these days, noses don’t always know. Home drug testing is another option for parents. Many believe they could easily tell if their child was using, but typically they don’t discover the usage or the signs until their child is an addict.

 

Kids don’t hesitate to carry drugs with them.

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The latest case of a good teenager making a bad decision is in Gatesville, Texas.

Erica Lyn Nipps was confronted by a school official at Gatesville High School and the adult recovered a bag of marijuana and some prescription drugs.

Nipps, seen in this booking photo from Gatesville police, was detained and arrested by police.

It appears that other students turned Nipps in. There’s no word if the prescriptions were registered to her, or if any other students were arrested in connection with this case.

This serves as a reminder that the best kids can sometimes make poor decisions. Help your child say no by using the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit. They will be empowered to say “no. I can’t do drugs. My parents test me.”

There’s a new machine that’s dispensing marijuana. It’s not the first time we’ve seen machines like this. CBS News in LA ran a story about a machine in 2008.

But it’s aimed at making marijuana available for patients 24 hours a day. So when the regulated dispensary closes at 9pm or whatever, its’ customers can continue to buy around the clock.

But who is watching the buyers? Sure there’s a fingerprint system and a cameras, but how do sellers know that a legitimate patient isn’t buying an ounce with the intention of providing it to his teenaged buddies standing right next to him. He may not be that much of a smoker, so he may only need an 1/8 ounce. That’s 7/8 left for the teens, who would probably gladly cover the costs of the cannabis.

In a glance at some of the stories surrounding this, customers are reporting that the marijuana isn’t as fresh, so maybe like the ones that debuted 4 years ago, they will not be very popular.

But the big concern is teenagers getting their hand on marijuana.

To see video of the machine, you can check out the story on the OC Register by clicking here.

Thousands of kids smoked pot for the first time yesterday.

But don’t that let that experimentation on 4/20 become a 24/7 event.

Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is your weapon to make sure your teen is clean!

Click on the box to get your home drug test!

A new five year study published today by the University of Montreal says that more teen drug users face depression after their drug use.

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The study focused on the party drugs ecstasy and amphetamine.

It found that 15 to 16-year-olds who took MDMA (ecstasy) or speed (amphetamine) had a 70 percent greater risk of suffering from depression a year later.Nearly 4,000 Canadian high school sophomores were questioned regarding the drug use.

The findings concluded that participants who had tried both drugs doubled their risk of suffering symptoms of depression.

The team said that the contribution of this type of drug use to depression was “relatively modest,” but warned, “modest contributions can have significant clinical implications from a population health perspective.”

The study is published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.