Tag Archive: Adolescence

Tis the season to be shopping.

Walgreens.com is offering the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit at a discounted price, and now may be the best time to pick up a drug test for your teen.

Buying a drug test doesn’t mean that you ever have to use it.

But having one on hand may be a determining factor if your teen ever tries drugs. Having a Teensavers Kit at home arms parents with knowledge and kids with an excuse.

Parents empower their teens to say “I can’t try drugs. My parents drug test me.”

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We recommend a 7-panel for families as it is the best arrangement of drug screens based on treatment trends.

The 7-panel incorporates the best combination of illicit drugs and prescription drugs being abused by teens.

Whether their habit is just pot, or has ballooned into harder drugs like cocaine, meth, or ecstasy, or they are abusing prescription drugs thinking they are “legal medicines,” you are covered.

The nation is seeing a spike in prescription drug overdoses, and heroin use is exploding because opiate addicts are running out of pills and the money to pay for them.

With marijuana now legal in two states, kids have more access to marijuana.

We have talked many times about parents relying on the smell test at the end of a Friday or Saturday night.

They encounter their teen as their teen comes home around curfew, and they engage them in a small conversation, give them a hug and a kiss, and say good night.

What they’ve also been doing during that brief minute or two exchange is sniff, sniff, sniff.

Parents believe that the easiest thing to do at the end of the night is to give their teen a look over, and then see if they can detect any smell of cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs.

But sometimes the nose won’t detect any odor, but instinct is telling parents that something isn’t right.

What next?

In the world of drug use and detection, the “break glass in case of emergency” tool is the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.


The Teensavers kit is the next level of detection.

Instinct can be a big factor for parents. Their teen may not be stumbling around or incoherent, but there’s enough there to suspect that something isn’t quite right.

Within three minutes you will have your answer.

1 panel tests screen for marijuana (THC)

3 panel tests screen for marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine

5 panel tests screen for the above three plus opiates and oxycodone

7 panel tests screen for the previous 5 plus benzodiazepines and ecstasy

12 panel tests screen for the previous 7 plus amphetamines, barbiturates, methadone, PCP, and tricyclic antidepressants.

Authorities in Minnesota have charged a man for killing a teenager and his cousin, that broke into the man’s home over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Officers discovered stolen pill vials in the car that is believed to have been used by the teens in a separate burglary.

Parents can screen for pill use with one simple 3-minute test.

The missing pills came from the home of a man who had been vacationing in Spain.  That home had been broken into a night or two before the burglary with the shootings.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, the teens broke into the home in Little Falls, and homeowner Bryan Smith fired a shot which wounded the boy. But Smith then fired a shot to the teen’s face killing him.

When the girl emerged from stairs, he shot and wounded her. But authorities told the paper that while the girl lay wounded, Smith put a gun up to the girls chin and fired one final “good, cleaning finishing shot” killing her.

Toxicology reports have not been released on the teens, to see if they may have been high on the pills at the time of the second robbery.

But if these teens did have a pill problem, you can see how an addiction can lead kids to do things that put their life in danger just to continue their pill supply.

It’s a small town hit by a tragedy, and it may have been prevented if the teens had never been experimenting with prescription drugs.

Take a quick search online and you will see almost on a daily basis, a story about teens using pills, or parents reaching out after the child has died from pill abuse.

The stories and these victims have numerous things in common.

First and foremost, these are good kids. Many are excellent students. A good portion of them are involved in their community. Some are standout athletes.

They also made one mistake; experimenting with pills.

The first one may have come from a friend, but chances are they came from the family medicine cabinet.

And from where the first one came, the second, third, and fourth pills followed.

Then as those cheap and easy supplies diminish, the kids have to be crafty to find their next high.

Opiates and Benzodiazepines are very addictive. Experimenting with them can lead to addiction very quickly.

Some kids start trying to rummage through their friends’ parents’ medicine cabinets.

Others begin to buy pills.

Kids will go to great lengths to continue the pill use, and if they don’t have a lot of cash, they could resort to trading items they do have for pills.

A kid who has 40-50 xBox games, can easily trade one for a pill, especially if he’s tired of the game, or decides that he needs that pill badly enough.

Kids will also trade electronics, skateboards, shoes, and clothes to stop the interruption in the flow of pills.

Ultimately, most kids cannot keep up. So they turn to heroin.

Long feared as that evil and dangerous drug, the biggest stigma about ever experimenting with heroin was the needle factor.

Most kids do not want to mess around with needles. Most long time adult users don’t even like using the needles.

But at this point, their need for the opiates is a MUST.

Heroin can be taken without a needle. Users can smoke it.

And at $12 a balloon on the street, heroin becomes far more attractive to the addict who has been trying to piecemeal his way to an Oxycontin here or a Percocet there at $25-$40 a pill.

As one law enforcement officer says, a balloon of heroin costs less than the price of the balloon, and for kids who are hooked on opiates, they enjoy it a whole lot more.

The good night kiss test, or the sniff test no longer works when kids come home at curfew.

Unlike smelling for marijuana and alcohol, your nose can’t detect opiates.

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit can.

With treatment trends in mind, the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit can detect a wide variety of pill use.

And for parents who do not know much about home drug tests, the Teensavers kit goes well beyond the science of a positive and negative result.

Cheap or free tests online leave you searching and PAYING for a laboratory to process your positive sample.

One of the most uncomfortable feelings after seeing a preliminary positive result show up on a test you just gave your teen is figuring out what to do next.

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit comes with free lab confirmation — a confidential GC/MS screening of your samples to give you specific scientific confirmation of what is in your loved one’s system.

And to get you through the confusion, fright, and uncertainty Teensavers has a 24/7 hotline for parents to ask questions like

-What’s this pill I found?

-Why is there foil and residue in my child’s jacket?

-What does one line, or a faint line mean on the test, versus two solid lines?

-How can I talk to my teen?

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit also includes a Parental Support Guide, written by America’s Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman.

It offers parents not only an education about drugs, and recognizing the signs, but emotional support on connecting with your teen when it comes to drug conversations.

Our children are precious, and the nose doesn’t always know.

Teensavers not only detects the drug use, but can help deter use.

Set the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit on the counter and it tells your children “we care about your health.”

It empowers them to tell their friends, “I can’t try drugs. My parents test me.”

It helps them fight off that peer pressure.

You can take an interactive tour of the Teensavers website, including a 360 degree tour of the kit and its’ contents by clicking HERE.

We have seven weeks left in the year, and already Will County, Illinois has a new record for heroin or opiate related deaths.

So far in 2012, the county has lost 37 people from heroin.

Last year’s total was 30.

Some parents have been taking the lead in trying to educate parents, but there needs to be more involvement.


Parents need to understand that kids are abusing pills because they are accessible, and they turn to heroin when it is necessary to keep the high.

One of the leading voices is John Roberts, who lost his teenaged son to heroin in 2009.

He has been holding community meetings to educate parents that this is happening to our children at an alarming rate.

Parents in the Will County area, and other communities outside of Chicago need to show support and help spread the message that these drugs are killing our kids.

It’s Friday night.

Teens across America are getting ready for Friday night favorites including, high school football, movies, hanging out at the mall-o-plaza, and trying drugs for the first time.

More than 6,000 kids try drugs for the first time every day.


That’s nearly 20,000 new users by the end of the weekend, and that’s not counting alcohol use for the first time by teens and pre-teens.

That also doesn’t even take into consideration the people who try synthetics, because they are not classified as drugs by the FDA. So kids using spice or bath salts tonight are not among the 6,000.

Some kids will experiment with marijuana. It may be the first time they hold a joint in their hands, or put a bong to their lips.

Others think they will experiment safely with “legal medications” while attending a pharming party. That’s where kids bring unidentified pills and throw them in a bowl. Everyone reaches in and takes whatever they get.

Parents need to remember that this first time behaviors are not limited to Friday and Saturday nights.

The average number of kids who try drugs daily is 6,000. In the summer months that number nearly doubles to 11,000.

It’s time we all talk to our kids before they leave the house, and fully understand their plans for the evening. Sleepovers should be double checked.

And when our kids come home at their curfew, we need to engage them to make sure they are coherent and acting normally.

Kids hiding drug use won’t break their curfews because they know they will be questioned more than if they came home on time.

There are countless numbers of teens who come home early on a Friday and Saturday night and tell their parents that they were tired, and wanted to go to bed. Many of them were hiding the fact that they were under the influence.

Our children are precious, and we need to make sure that they stay safe every night of the week.

Don’t lose your teen to drug use.

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.


Most communities don’t want to admit that there is a heroin problem in the community.  The Denver Post is tackling it head on!

She says her name is Angel.   And she is no stranger to drug use.  She used marijuana at 12, cocaine at 14, and at 15 her mother introduced her to crack.

Then she started with the pills, and that opiate addiction bloomed into a heroin problem.

And while being a complete teen junkie, she was maintaining a 3.7 GPA at her Wisconsin High School.

But after high school she fell into that trap that Teensavers warns parents about. Once the supply of free pills goes away, the price of an opiate is too much to bear. Instead of paying $80 for a percocet or oxycontin, she can buy 7 bags of heroin for that price, and she can keep the high going for hours upon hours.

We encourage you to take a look at this work done by Denver Post reporter Michael Booth. And we hope the readers consider the fact that this could happen to their teen.

Yes she had a massive presence of drugs in the home with her parents, but in the end, it was someone she knew and trusted that supplied her.

Many teen addicts will tell you that they tried drugs for the first time with a best friend or loved one.

Strangers in the alley aren’t the people hooking our kids on drugs. Chances are, if you’re loved one is doing drugs, you have at least one photo of that loved one with the person that introduced them to narcotics.

The phrase “getting stupid,” used to refer teens getting high, may be more of a reality than those adolescent smokers think.

A joint study between a London University and Duke University found that teens who smoked pot in their adolescence, had lower IQ scores as adults.


They were also significantly more likely to have attention and memory problems in later life, than their peers who abstained.

The study focused on data from over 1,000 people in New Zealand, who have been followed through their lives since being born in 1972 or 1973.

Participants were asked about cannabis usage when they were 18, 21, 26, 32 and 38. Their IQ was tested at 13 and 38. In addition, each nominated a close friend or family member, who was asked about attention and memory problems.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found persistent users, those who had smoked 4 times a week or more, had dropped 8 IQ points over the 25 years from 13 to age 38.

With the recent studies of marijuana as a possible gateway drug, this study may be another strong indicator why parents need to reinforce the message that marijuana is bad for children.

Students aren’t afraid to talk about their choices to use alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.

Nearly 7% of high schoolers abuse one of the three substances during the school day, according to Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

Their peers aren’t surprise. 86% of teens polled in a phone interview said they know a classmate that’s abusing drugs during the day.

The findings were released in the center’s annual back to school survey.


Nearly half the students say they know someone who deals drugs at school, and 6 out of 10 say that drugs are easy to obtain on campus.

The top four drugs commonly abused according to the survey were marijuana, prescription drugs, cocaine, and ecstasy.


Peer Pressure is a big factor.

The survey indicates that more teens are seeing imagery, thanks to social media, that entices them to drink. The teens say they are encouraged to party after seeing photos and videos of classmates drinking, high, or passed out.

This is a reason why parents need to be as involved in their child’s social media, as their child is. Kids do not fear posting comments about alcohol or marijuana on facebook or twitter.

It’s everywhere.

And parents who think this problem is pervasive in the public school system better open their eyes.

The survey indicates that private schools also have a massive drug problem, and it is rising dramatically.

In 2011, 36% of private school students said their school was “drug-infected.”

Fast forward a year, and that figure is now 54%, a 50-percent gain year to year.

Teen drug use appears to be a very obvious case of monkey see, monkey do.

Teens are more likely to use drugs when their parents either use, or are laid back regarding drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.

Teens who say they’ve been left alone overnight – almost 30% of those surveyed – are about twice as likely to have used alcohol or marijuana and almost three times more likely to have tried tobacco than teens who’ve never been left alone at night.

If there ever was a time for parents to get more involved with their teens, now is that time.

Parents need to be aware of what their children are doing.

They also have access to tools like the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit that can help detect this drug use.

Catching it early, can make the difference between teens who experiment, and teens who become addicts.

For more information on the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit, and where you can find one for your family, CLICK HERE.