Archive for October, 2012


Having a parent or community meeting and want Teensavers there?

Looking for free drug test kits?

We have joined up with community, school, police, church, and parent groups across the country to help stamp out teen drug abuse.
With 6,000 kids trying drugs for the first time every day, we know that the effort needs to be made to help keep these kids clean.

Whether you need to implement a free drug testing policy in your neighborhood, or you need someone to talk to parents that attend your town hall meeting or seminar, Teensavers can help.

We have experts to talk about heroin, prescription drugs, marijuana, spice, k2, bath salts, ecstasy, methamphetamine, methadone, and we can educate parents on things like popular street terms.

Visit the Teensavers website at http://www.myteensavers.com and if we havent answered your question there, send us an email at jeff (at) myteensavers.com.

We are aware of the teen drug trends in your state, and we know what happens in many of the communities.

In this economy, every penny helps.  Families looking to save money can look no further than CVS.com.  CVS Online Pharmacy is offering up to 25% off of the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits.

Choosing which test is right for your family may depend on what your concerns may be. If you have a teen smoking marijuana at home, the 1-panel may be the right option for your family. If you are concerned about pill or designer drug use, you may want to choose a more comprehensive test like a 7-panel or 12-panel test.

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A release today with important youth prescription drug news out of the University of Colorado Denver and it confirms what Teensavers has been saying; Kids and young adults are popping pills like candy.

A new study reveals that today’s adolescents are abusing prescription pain medications like vicodin, valium and oxycontin at a rate 40 percent higher than previous generations.

As we’ve reported numerous times, prescription drugs are not the second most common drug choice for young people after marijuana.
Richard Miech, Ph.D., lead author of the study and professor of sociology at CU Denver says you cannot deny the seriousness of this issue. “Prescription drug use is the next big epidemic,” Miech said. “Everyone in this field has recognized that there is a big increase in the abuse of nonmedical analgesics but our study shows that it is accelerating among today’s generation of adolescents.”
The study was published Tuesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health. It drew on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a series of annual, nationally representative, cross-sectional surveys of U.S. drug use. The analysis used data from 1985 through 2009.
According to Miech, the prevalence of prescription pain medication abuse among the current generation of youth is “higher than any generation ever measured.” This finding was present among subgroups of men, women, non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics.
Miech and his co-authors said a number of factors were driving this trend. “The increasing availability of analgesics in the general population is well documented, as the total number of hydrocodone and oxycodone products prescribed legally in the U.S. increased more than fourfold from about 40 million in 1991 to nearly 180 million in 2007,” the study said.
“Higher prevalence of analgesics makes first-time NAU among contemporary youth easier than in the past because more homes have prescription analgesics in their medicine cabinets.” Miech said parents often model drug use behavior for their children. “Youth who observe their parents taking analgesics as prescribed may come to the conclusion that any use of these drugs is OK and safe,” he said.
Yet the consequences are often severe. Miech said there are now more deaths due to accidental overdoses of these drugs than deaths due to overdoses of cocaine and heroin combined. Most people who abuse prescription pain relievers report that they obtained them from family or friends. “While most people recognize the dangers of leaving a loaded gun lying around the house,” said Miech, “what few people realize is that far more people die as a result of unsecured prescription medications.”
According to the study: Nonmedical analgesic use accounted for an increase in emergency room visits of 129 percent between 2004 and 2009. Between 1997 and 2007, NAU accounted for more than a 500 percent increase in the number of Americans seeking treatment for prescription opioid dependency. Prescription drug abuse led to a threefold increase in unintentional overdose mortality from the 1990s to 2007.

Miech, who studies drug abuse issues, published a paper last year in the American Sociological Review showing that of the 100 top causes of death, the biggest increase has been prescription drug overdose. He concludes his more recent study by saying that there seems to be little social cost in abusing nonmedical analgesics. “These results suggest that current policies and interventions are not yet effective enough to counter the factors that have increased nonmedical analgesic use among U.S. youth and the general population,” he said. “But it is critical that we devise a strategy to deal with an epidemic that shows little sign of ebbing.”

Three pharmacists are facing charges for trafficking Oxycontin in Orange County, California.

According to the OC Register, prosecutors charged the three with defrauding medicare and medi-cal of nearly $9 million dollars.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that phony patients were paid to visit a Los Angeles clinic where they were prescribed large amounts of the pain killer.

The pharmacies billed the patients insurance.  When they picked up the pills at various pharmacies, the drugs were turned over for illegal sale on the street.

The pharmacists arrested were from the communities of Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Fountain Valley.

It’s a small crack in the armor of thousands of pill operations in America.

Teensavers is proud to be part of a program that was created by Phelps County, Missouri leaders, including the Sheriff, and prosecutor.

Here is their press release

  • In the two months that local law enforcement agencies began offering free drug testing kits in Phelps County, a total of 120 kits have been distributed to parents.Both the Rolla Police Department and Phelps County Sheriff’s Department began offering the kits Aug. 13.“If 120 test kits go out and 120 kids are protected, it would be a success, but because of the confidentiality of the program, we don’t know what happened,” said Sgt. Andy Davis, of the sheriff’s office.

    “It gives a reason for a child to say no (to drugs) if they know, “I will possibly be drug tested by my parents,’ ” said Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse.

    Both Davis and Kearse said they did not know how many kits they expected to give away through the program.

    The program was started as an effort to curb drug abuse among youth and is being supported by the sheriff’s office, Rolla police department and the county prosecutor’s office.

    The program is strictly voluntary. To qualify for the Teensavers kits, people simply need to be a resident anywhere in Phelps County and have at least one child who is 17 years old or younger.

    The kits were purchased with drug seizure funds. No taxpayer funds were used.

    Each kit comes with a urine test container, instructions, parental support guide, self-addressed mailing container and confidential identification number.

    The confidential number, guide and test container come sealed in a tamper proof pouch so only the parent who opens it has access to those items, guaranteeing the child and test results are only accessible to the parent. The parent is in full control.

    The kits test for 12 substances — THC (marijuana), cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, opiates, PCP, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, oxycodone, MDMA and tricyclic antidepressants.

    These drugs can be detected with a urine test when they have been in the body for two or three days or up to two weeks depending on the type of drug.

    The kits are easy to use and easy to read, offer confidential results and 24/7 support and have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

    The kits come with a small shipping box to mail the sample off to a laboratory, which can confirm the preliminary results. The lab only has the identification number and has no idea who the sample belongs to. Parents can check the results of the lab’s test online or by phone.

    Law enforcement do not know the results and no tests take place at the sheriff’s office or police department.

    For questions about the kits, people may contact Cpl. Mike Kirn at 573-426-3860 or Lt. James Macormic at 573-308-1213.

     

Drugged driving has become more prevalent in the United States, and it has even forced groups like MADD to include drugs in its’ anti driving-under-the-influence campaigns.

Sadly, a Houston couple is the latest two people to be killed by a suspected drugged driver.

According to KVUE-TV the couple had made run a run to the service station to fill up on gas.

As they went to return home, their car was struck by another vehicle.

Authorities say the driver of that other car, Theodore Hargrove was driving under the influece of PCP.

Toxicology reports will confirm the department’s preliminary findings, but it won’t bring back the unidentified victims.

Please remember not to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Too many lives are lost each year. They are the innocent victims, killed by drunk or drugged drivers on our roads.

Many people associate drug dealing and drug use with major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, and Seattle to name a few.

But small towns and rural neighborhoods are also coping with problems ranging from prescription drug abuse, to methamphetamine production.

It’s manifesting in Missouri. It’s pumping in Pennsylvania. And it’s even violating Vermont.

Rutland, Vermont is has a population of about 16,000 people. But according to Vermont Public Radio, it also has a very serious problem with drugs.

Believe it or not, there are many parents who think that their city or community is safe from drugs.

Moms and dads, your home may not even be safe from drugs.

Your teen could have pot stashed in his/her room. They could be swiping your medications.

The parents who know for sure, are the proactive parents.

They talk with their teens, and they make sure, drugs are not in the house.

Parents cannot afford to be relaxed about teen drinking and drug use.

Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits can help detect experimentation before it becomes an addiction.

Click here for information on which test is right for your family.

 

Citing that his drug days are long behind him, Brad Pitt says the war on drugs is a “charade.”

Pitt is a producer of the movie Why We Fight, a documentary that calls the drug war a failure, and suggests that a new plan be adopted.

Pitt told the Hollywood Reporter, “the subject has bugged me for a long time. “It’s a backward strategy. It makes no sense and we keep going on the path like we’re winning, when it perpetuates more drugs being used.”

Whether or not the war on drugs is effective and a new plan of attack needs to be considered, the message that drugs are bad is never really delivered here.

Unfortunately, a lot of people think that when someone criticizes the war on drugs, they are actively proclaiming that drugs should be commonplace and legal in America.

It’s too bad that the anti-drug message isn’t delivered in this.

The war on drugs is costly, and does have a massive human toll.

But we are also burying our teens from overdoses, and other drug related deaths.

While a majority are now prescription drug and opioid related, others are not.

Supporting a set of politics is one thing, but maybe Pitt could have issues a message that more attention needs to be made towards the kids hooked on drugs.

We have millions abusing drugs now. How many more would we have if the drugs were legalized or decriminalized?

It’s been six years, but actor Colin Farrel will tell you that it seems like yesterday.

The actor, and one time People’s Sexiest Man, spoke to Details Magazine about the importance of sobriety, when he became a father.

It’s always good to see role models speak out about alcohol and drug use, especially when we typically see the headlines of Hollywood’s A-listers bottoming out.

Here is the link to the article.

When it comes to teens and pills use, they typically begin experimenting with someone they know and trust.

The much feared “stranger in the alley” doesn’t really exist when it comes to teens trying drugs for the first time.

Siblings, friends, classmates, teammates, even parents can turn a preteen, teen, or young adult onto drugs.

But once that habit extends beyond recreational use, to a full blown addiction, addicts will buy pretty much anything from anyone.

The new “stranger in the alley” is the opiate pusher online.

There’s a story today about a massive crackdown on pill peddlers on the internet.

According to the New York Post, NYPD officers arrested 21 people.

Some have been sentenced already after undercover officers made multiple buys.

It’s a reminder that authorities are on the look out, and pill pushed will be caught.

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