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Teensavers is giving a shout out to our stars of Sobriety . Today’s celebrity is Frank Conniff.

The picture above is a post from his twitter feed, marking 27 years to the day he regained his sobriety.

Conniff is an actor and writer best known for his role as Frank on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

In 2007, Coniff opened up to asitecalledfred.com about his drug use as a high schooler, growing up in New York.

In those years, I really went down a very misguided path. I became, like, a total stoner, and was just kind of a hippie stoner loser kind of a guy, and I didn’t even have the ambition to be a comedian and stuff. That kinda fell by the wayside for awhile. I got involved with drugs and stuff, and I took a really bad detour there for a while. You know that – miraculously, and I’m very grateful that – I came out of that. And once I sobered up and stopped taking drugs and stopped drinking, then I was really able to really pursue my path in life.

Today back in New York, Coniff finds himself look at 27 years of a clean lifestyle, and a very creative and artistic path in that time.

Astoria High School in Oregon and its’ football team has been rocked by an alcohol and drug scandal, and several dozen students may be implicated.

The initial discovery of the events, at a team camp-out, resulted in the the forfeiture of three games, and a closer look by school and police officials.

School administrators say up to 28 players may have been involved, drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana. All will face disciplinary action, including community service work on the next three game days.

Not all of the kids were found to have used drugs or alcohol but were also busted for not notifying administrators.

The camp-out was attended by Head Coach Howard Rub and assistant Fa’aleo Poyer.

The coach and school officials say that the primary focus is not on football, but the use of illicit substances.

The coaching staff says that they were unaware of the alcohol and drug use as they went to sleep between two and three in the morning.

The police might also get involved to find out who provided the alcohol and marijuana.

This case serves as a reminder that this isn’t an isolated incident. Kids in all communities are experimenting and using alcohol and drugs.

Parents need to remember that just because an adult or parent is present, that it doesn’t mean that kids will abstain from drugs.

This is where the Teensavers Home Drug Test comes in. The Teensavers home drug test detects marijuana, cocaine, opiates – including heroin, oxycodone, benzopdiazepines, barbiturates, TCAs, PCP, ecstasy, methadone, methamphetamine, and amphetamines.

To get a look at the total solution, click on the box.

There are many reasons to like Bradley Cooper.

Teens and young adults think he is funny.

People Magazine and millions of women find him sexy.

We love that he is sober and speaking out about it to the Hollywood Reporter!

Cooper, the man who has made millions laugh as the hungover Phil in the Hangover, is opening up about how his life mirrored the movie.

He detailed one account from a party where he was banging his head on the concrete to show his toughness, but all that resulted was a trip to the hospital.

But that was 8-years ago, and he’s lived life without alcohol and drugs every since.

We need more people like Cooper to speak out about alcohol and drug use.

Some may see his a hypocrite for portraying a highly intoxicated character, but a role is a role and reality is reality.

Cooper doesn’t have to open up about his demons, or his self-destructing ways, but hopefully people will learn from his experiences.

In a time when stars show up busted for DUI or drug-related arrests or encounters routinely on TMZ.com, it’s refreshing to see that one of the hottest actors in Hollywood is handling his meteoric rise to stardom drug and alcohol free.

The University of South Carolina is cracking down on drug and alcohol fueled events on or near campus.

School has only been back in session for a few days and already USC is responding to a viral video of an enormous pool party at the Woodlands.

Wistv.com reported that the party featured drinking, fighting, and nudity in their coverage.

Most young adults think that around the clock partying and intoxication are rites of passage for college students.

But we are seeing dozens of young adults die on campus each year from alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose.

That’s the problem.   Partying until you die.

USC’s Director of Student Conduct Alisa Liggett says told the TV station: “Not only have our alcohol offenses increased, but we had a number of student deaths that are accidents related to alcohol.”

Liggett says there were more than 600 alcohol-related fines from 2011-2012, up 15% from the previous year.

It appears the students didn’t worry about a measly $50 fine.

She told WISTV, “It used to be 50, it’s gone up to 250 (dollars for the first offense), a second offense was 100, it’s gone to 350 and the third offense is suspension.”

Teensavers applauds USC for trying to control the problem. Nobody is saying that college kids shouldn’t have fun, but we shouldn’t be losing our kids to an alcohol or drug related death.

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.

Teensavers wanted to alert you to a heartbreaking story this morning in the Daily Herald that hopefully will open your eyes to the growing teen and young adult drug problem here in America.

Chelsea Laliberte’s reveals her struggle with her brother’s addiction, and it how it spiraled out of control until it took his life.


She made desperate pleas to her family that her brother Alex was using more than alcohol and marijuana. They didn’t listen.

Now she’s on a mission to alert parents about the growing heroin problem in the suburbs and how listening to siblings can make a big difference.

Siblings can be key in catching experimentation before it becomes addiction. There are many who won’t speak up, but the ones who do, should be listened to.

A recent study shows that alcohol is more of a gateway drug than marijuana, which is very troubling. Numerous teens drink and many parents dismiss it as a rite of passage.

But when drinking at 13 or 14, evolves into marijuana use at 14 and 15, teens often begin to get curious about other substances before they even graduate high school.

Parents need to have frequent conversations with their teens about all kinds of drugs, from alcohol and mairjuana, to cocaine and heroin. Kids are abusing pills, and once addicted to opiates, the often turn to heroin.

Some use amphetamines or methamphetamine to get that high, and others use club drugs like ecstasy, thinking it’s a safer alternative to alcohol.

Teensavers Home drug Tests can detect all of these substances up to 72 hours. Parents would be wise to keep one on hand.

It empowers teens to say no, when asked by their friends to do drugs.   40% say they try for the first time, because they didn’t know how to reject the peer pressure.


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.


A story this morning out of Orlando’s WESH-TV website covers 17 kids who were busted for drinking on a MIDDLE SCHOOL campus.

15 were suspended. The school expelled 2 students.

Apparently one of the kids brought straight alcohol to school in a Gatorade bottle.

The bottle was passed around amongst the students. One parent was mad saying that her daughter didn’t know that the drink her daughter was taking was alcohol.

The comment section was abuzz with comments at the apparent parent’s naivety.

Drinking isn’t a rite of passage, not at 15, 16, 17 or 18. Not at 20. Drinking on campus shows an absolute bold defiance of authority.

It’s amazing how some parents react when their kids make mistakes. Sometimes you need to own up to your mistakes. When you can clearly smell undiluted alcohol before drinking it, there’s no way to mistake it for water.

Arizona State University has issued a statement saying that Parrish was not a student of the school as reported early on by UCLA’s daily Bruin.

A website has also posted updated information on the young man who lost his life to an apparent combination of alcohol and drugs at UCLA this weekend.

Nowpublic.com has links to Parrish’s Facebook page, as well as a link to a memorial site, created to remember Parrish.

You can access the site by clicking HERE.

West Virginia has a serious problem.   A DUI problem.   But it’s not what you think.   A Lieutenant in Charleston says that 70% of the DUIs in his city are something other than alcohol.    That’s 700 DUI arrests.


If you didn’t know, there’s a prescription abuse problem in West Virginia.     Like New Mexico, the most popular pill is Oxycontin.

“Prescription drugs are becoming an epidemic across West Virginia, and we are seeing more and more drivers under the influence of pills,” the Lieutenant told Charleston’s Daily Mail.  “There are a lot of officers across the state who are intimidated because they don’t know the process, because it’s been driven home in their training that you need that BAC (blood alcohol content) to make the arrest.

“It boils down to this: A person impaired by a pill or alcohol is impaired just the same,” he said.

Williams is also the regional coordinator for the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Teensavers reminds parents that just because they can’t smell alcohol on the breath of their teen driver, it does not mean that their teen is sober.   Impairment can happen in just minutes the way teens abuse pills.   When pills are smashed, the coating that enables the time-release is diminished.   The active ingredients in the pills get into the bloodstreams of teens rapidly.