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It’s hard to tell kids that drugs are bad, when drug use is glamorized in movies, TV, and music. Snoop Dog is the musical ambassador for pot for the younger generation, as Willie Nelson continues to inspire baby boomer puffers.


Scores of music, movies, and television celebrities have had some pill issues. Whitney Houston appears to be the latest. Heath Ledger also had a dangerous combination of pills in his system. It’s tough when the drug use is glorified constantly.

Most parents already avoid talking to their kids about drugs. They usually figure that the “drugs are bad” message is assumed and of course they rely on programs like D.A.R.E. to make their kids aware about drugs.

But what about the parents who do stress the message at home? What about the proactive parents that monitor the media that their kids watch and listen to? Are they fighting an uphill battle?

So what happens when you have an evangelical, with plenty of airwaves to push his message, comes out endorsing marijuana? Pat Robertson believes that the war on drugs have failed. He believes that taxpayers are paying billions of dollars to support the initiative, and that people are wasting away in jails and prisons unjustly.

This is not exactly a startling revelation. The 81-year-old danced around the decriminalization topic in 2010.

This week, the former presidential candidate told the New York Times, “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol.” “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded.”

With a following of millions, how do parents combat Robertson’s message, which is being spread by drug legalization groups across the social media?

How can parents tell their kids marijuana and all other drugs are bad, when an evangelical leader endorses them? Marijuana remains illegal for everyone, except for patients of numerous states’ medical marijuana laws. Once legalized, could the marijuana mindset become something similar to the alcohol mindset? With booze, may kids have the perception that “if it’s good enough for adults, it’s good enough for me.” Of course that thinking contributes to the serious number of binge drinking teens and young adults across college campuses. If legalized, would we have a growing number of potheads in our society?

America’s Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman, a 30-year treatment veteran says the message is simple, “Parents should tell their kids that everyone has an opinion. Some people are brilliant on some subjects but not as informed about others. For example, some Europeans believe that it is acceptable for 10-year-olds to have wine at dinner. Most families do not. That’s why each family should make the decision what’s good for their family, despite what high profile person is saying it. Reinforce your values, and your kids will listen.”

Oxycontin is powerful.   It’s a very strong narcotic when used legitimately and it is very glamorous to substance abusers.


Fox News recently ran a story on the celebrity obsession with Oxycontin.   You can read about it by clicking HERE.

And  while many would think that this is obsession is just a popular crazy
for Hollywood’s rich and famous, it is not.    Teens are using and
becoming hooked on Oxycontin and other opiates at alarming rates.   They
scrape together money to buy these pills.   They might also borrow, and
ultimately steal their way to another Oxy.   And when they can’t afford
to pay the $25-$40 price per pill, they turn to heroin.

Heroin is
also a strong substance, but is much cheaper than Oxy and more readily
available.    Soon, those kids who were hooked on Oxycontin, are now
hooked on heroin.

It doesn’t take much for a teen to get
hooked on these medications.  They are not scared to try these pills.
And once they like this high, they come back for more.

drug testing is a good way to keep your teen away from drugs.   Just
having a Teensavers home drug test around the house can help influence
your teen to say, “No. I can’t try that.  My parents drug test me.”
And using home drug tests can help ensure that they aren’t sneaking
medications into their system.    It is often difficult to detect when a
teen is using a pill.   Unlike marijuana or alcohol, there is no

Hollywood’s obsession with fashion certainly transcends
to the public.   They want to wear what Jennifer Aniston, Kim
Kardashian, or Justin Bieber are wearing.    Likewise, the public might
want to experience what Courtney Love, Heath Ledger, or Michael Jackson
once used.

Make sure your loved ones are drug free.   Consider using Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits.




People ask, who reliable is the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit?   It is laboratory accurate, which means you can rely on the product.   It is also easy to use.   We know that parents do not want to put on rubber gloves and mess around with urine.   That’s why our test is unlike those other dip strips and shake and activate cups.

America’s Parenting Coach show us how easy it is to use a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit in this video.     And if you need one of these tests for your family, you can buy them at Amazon.com by clicking HERE.


Teensavers has received a new study out today reveals that parents now consider drug use as a
critical health concern for children.   In the 5th annual survey of the
top 10 health concerns for kids showed drug use and obesity tied as the
top concerns.


poll was conducted by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s
Hospital.  Most of the top 10 health concerns pertain to long-recognized
risky behaviors for youth: drug, alcohol and tobacco use, as well as
teen pregnancy. The top 10 overall health concerns for U.S. children in
2011 and the percentage of adults who rate each item as a “big problem”

  • 1. Childhood obesity, 33%
  • 2. Drug abuse, 33%
  • 3. Smoking and tobacco use, 25%
  • 4. Teen pregnancy, 24%
  • 5. Bullying, 24%
  • 6. Internet safety, 23%
  • 7. Stress, 22%
  • 8. Alcohol abuse, 20%
  • 9. Driving accidents, 20%
  • 10. Sexting, 20%

perception of drug abuse as a big problem matches recent national data
showing increasing use of marijuana and other drugs by US teens,” says
Matthew Davis, M.D., director of the National Poll on Children’s Health
and associate professor in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit
at the U-M Medical School. “Meanwhile, although obesity remains atop
the list of child health concerns for the fourth straight year, the
level of public concern has declined over the last few years in our
poll,” Davis says. “This may be a warning to public health officials,
because it indicates how the public is hearing national messages that
previous increases in children’s obesity rates have recently leveled

TeenSaver Diagnostics Inc., an Irvine, California based company, is
thrilled to announce that the most family friendly and most accurate
home drug testing product line approved by the FDA, the Teensavers® Home
Drug Test Kit, is now available to the 66 million customers who shop at
Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer.

“In the world
of online retail, it is no secret that Amazon.com is the undisputed
leader for nearly 100 million customers,” said Steve Stahovich. “What
originally was an online bookstore has now become the trusted go-to
everything store for families. We feel excited that parents can find our
products on Amazon.com, as they shop for other necessities for their
families and for their homes.”

There are five different Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kits available on Amazon.com:
— 1-panel ($16.99) Marijuana (THC) test.
— 3-panel ($21.99), which tests for Marijuana, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine.
— 5-panel ($25.99) screens for the previous three drugs, plus Oxycodone and Opiates.
— 7-panel ($29.99) screens for the previous 5 drugs plus Benzodiazepines and Ecstasy (MDMA.)

— 12-panel test is the most comprehensive Teensavers® Home Drug Test
Kit. It screens for Marijuana, Cocaine, PCP, Opiates, Amphetamines,
Methamphetamine, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Oxycodone, Methadone,
Ecstasy (MDMA), and Tricyclic Antidepressants. The 12-panel test is
currently being offered for $39.99.

“After my history of
substance abuse treatment, I am proud to provide home drug testing
choices to families,” said Stahovich. “Most times a teen may admit to
smoking marijuana, but our tests can help catch if there is a silent
substance in your child’s system. Our home drug tests offer not only
results, but guidance before, during, and after you gives the test.”

Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kit is 99.9% accurate, made in America, and
approved by the FDA. The test is endorsed by America’s Parenting Coach,
Tim Chapman, a 30-year treatment veteran. Chapman says the Teensavers®
Home Drug Test Kit is a tool that belongs in all family medicine
cabinets. “Kids are turning to prescription drugs in alarming numbers.
This test can be your weapon in not only detecting the drug use, but
deterring it. Having this test at home puts teens on notice that they
could face drug testing at any time. The next time they are asked to try
drugs by someone they know, they won’t hesitate to say, “I can’t. My
parents home drug test me.””

The Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kit
was recently named a 2011 “Top Products” Winner by Parent Tested, Parent
Approved, one of the most reliable and valuable online resources for
parents. The entire product line has also received high regards from
numerous “mom blogs” for the ease of use, the science behind the tests,
and the around-the-clock helpline offered to families. “When you buy our
test from Amazon.com, you have the reassurance that you are getting a
quality product that is made with your family’s best interest at heart.
We are proud that more parental groups, like Parent Tested, Parent
Approved endorse our products,” said Stahovich.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_industrial?_encoding=U …




Our product is currently not available on Walgreens.com




The creators of the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit take great pride in being a Parent Tested, Parent Approved winner.   We also interact with parents every day who support us.   We appreciate The Steady Hand mom’s blog.    It is great to know that parents hold us in regard as a necessity between posts about coupons, and other valuable products and services.   Whether or not you agree with home drug testing, having the conversation the drug talk with your kids is a great start.   Here is the link to the steady hand blog.


The Teensavers Team is looking through the updated NSBCS regarding
the drug war on our borders.   Can that war really be won?   It seems
now we have an as equally great challenge with pills distributed by our
doctors and our pharmacies.  Here is the early press release from the
Obama administration.


Ariz. – Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today joined
National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Customs and
Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin, DHS Office of
Counternarcotics Enforcement Director Grayling Williams, and other
public health and safety officials to release the 2011 National
Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy – a key component of the
Obama Administration’s unprecedented efforts to enhance security along
the Southwest border.  The strategy outlines Federal, state, local,
tribal, and international actions to reduce the flow of illicit drugs,
cash, and weapons across the border, and highlights the Obama
Administration’s support for promoting strong border communities by
expanding access to drug treatment and supporting programs that break
the cycle of drug use, violence, and crime.

“Disrupting the flow
of illegal drugs across our borders is critical to our nation’s safety
and security,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Through this strategy, the
Obama Administration will continue to strengthen our coordinated efforts
to interdict drug traffickers and disrupt their links to terrorism and
organized crime.”

“The demand for illegal drugs in America is a
driving factor for violence, addiction, and crime on both sides of our
border,” said Kerlikowske.  “Federal, state, local, tribal, and
international efforts to reduce the threat of drug trafficking along the
Southwest border are paying off, but we cannot let up.  We must
continue to dismantle the transnational criminal organizations that prey
upon our communities while also supporting programs and initiatives
that reduce drug consumption in the United States and Mexico.”

trafficking cartels are responsible for some of the most devastating
violence and criminal activity along the Southwest border and beyond,
penetrating into communities large and small throughout this country.
To be effective in fighting these criminal organizations, we must
aggressively employ all of our international, Federal, state, local and
tribal resources, and the strategy unveiled today is a critical piece of
this Administration’s comprehensive efforts to dismantle these
cartels,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Through this strategy and
the coordinated efforts with our law enforcement and other partners, we
can continue to target these organizations, disrupt domestic
transportation and distribution cells, and seize as many of the
organization’s assets as possible.”

“Targeting, disrupting and
dismantling Mexican drug cartels and their trafficking organizations
operating on both sides of the border is a top priority for DEA” said
Michele M. Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement
Administration.  “The National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy
strengthens collaboration with our American and Mexican partners as
together we seek to reduce drug addiction, secure our border, and bring
these traffickers and their leaders to justice.”

The National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy
increases coordination and information sharing between Federal, and
state and local law enforcement agencies, and calls for continued close
collaboration with the Government of Mexico in their efforts against the
drug cartels – highlighting national efforts to interdict the
southbound flow of weapons and illicit currency and reduce the demand
for drugs.  The Director of National Drug Control Policy will oversee
the implementation of the strategy, in coordination with the Department
of Homeland Security, Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, and the
Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General. The
strategy will be implemented in coordination with other border related
efforts, including the Merida Initiative, led by the State Department,
and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing Southwest border
security efforts.

Under the Southwest Border Initiative the Obama
Administration has deployed unprecedented amount of personnel,
technology, and resources along the Southwest border – nearly doubling
the number of Border Patrol agents from approximately 10,000 in 2004 to
over 20,700 today, screening of 100% of southbound rail shipments, and
for the first time providing critical surveillance capabilities to
personnel on the ground through unmanned aerial systems that cover the
Southwest border from California to Texas.  Over the past two and a half
years, DHS has seized 75 percent more currency, 31 percent more drugs,
and 64 percent more weapons along the Southwest border as compared to
the last two and a half years during the previous administration.
Additionally, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has allocated
nearly 29 percent of its domestic agent positions to the Southwest
border, while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased
its Federal agents on the border, and the Department of Justice (DOJ)
has secured a record number of extraditions from Mexico: 94 in 2010
compared to 12 in 2000 and trained over 5,400 Mexican prosecutors and

The National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy
is an integral component of the Administration’s broader national drug
control policy. This policy includes a renewed commitment to reduce the
demand for illegal drugs at home through a balanced approach that
provides increased support to prevention, treatment, and other programs.

For a full copy of the 2011 National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy click here.



you are in your late 30s or early 40s, you know doubt know the message
of safe and sane.   Even through the last decade law enforcement
officers have still used the message to promote safe conduct on the 4th
of July holiday weekend.    But unlike the past, which focused on
fireworks safety, law enforcement officers now more than ever are
worried about the rampant drinking and drug use over these extended
holiday weekends.

I’ve seen, heard, and spoke with people who
started the 4th of July celebrations yesterday, Thursday the 30th of
June.    Believe it or not, others say they will party through the
5th.      Fireworks are mainly a thing in the past.   Here in Southern
California, street fireworks are mostly illegal, except for in some
small pockets.    In Irvine, where the Teensavers team is based, the
city eliminated street fireworks probably 25 years ago.

So instead
of more street sweeps for flowers, sparklers, and Piccolo Petes,
officers are setting up flares and cones and conducting DUI checkpoints
more aggressive than ever.  The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has a
massive anti drinking and driving campaign this weekend.   They held or
assisted with checkpoints starting last night, and those will continue
through Monday.

This is a valuable time to remind your teen about
the dangers of drinking and drug use.   Parents most likely don’t have
to worry about their kids lighting fireworks.   But their kids may still
get badly burned by using alcohol or drugs.

This is also a good
time to consider a Teensavers Home Drug Test, if you are a parent.
Kids are out of school and many partake in drinking and drug use
already, with the extra “excitement” of partying around a holiday.
Parents should already be having the alcohol and drug conversations with
their children.    But they should take the time to reinforce the
message during the holidays.

Teensavers cares about children and
they want families to be healthy and safe during every holiday season.
If you have a child you suspect may be using drugs, test them.   If you
know that friends of your child are using drugs, alert their parents.
Too many parents worry about being a Tattletale.    You could be saving
another child’s life.


Researchers from The University of Washington and Virginia Tech released this wonderful study.

Their findings: 2 simple talks with your teens each year, can help make a huge impact on your teen when it comes to smoking pot.

Here is their press release:

CLICK HERE if you suspect your teen may be using drugs, or you need help with a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 29, 2011 –
Nearly a third of high school students in the United States report
smoking marijuana. Despite the mixed messages about the safety of
marijuana, it is risky behavior for teens, who are, after all, still

Researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of
Washington have demonstrated that a brief, voluntary conversation with
an adult led to up to a 20 percent decrease in marijuana use for
teenagers who frequently used the drug. The research was published
online June 20 in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors,
in the article, “Randomized Controlled Trial of Motivational
Enhancement Therapy with Nontreatment-Seeking Adolescent Cannabis Users:
A Further Test of the Teen Marijuana Check-Up,” by Denise D. Walker, Robert S. Stephens, Roger Roffman, Josephine DeMarce, Brian Lozano, Sheri Towe, and Belinda Berg

Walker, research assistant professor of social work and co-director of the University of Washington’s Innovative Programs Research Group,
said, “Adolescence is a big developmental period for learning adult
roles. Smoking marijuana regularly can impede development and school
performance, and it sets kids up for other risky behaviors.”

But a “non-finger wagging” approach called Teen Marijuana Check-Up could encourage teens to reduce their marijuana use.

marijuana users have few options for sorting out the disparate
information on the risks of smoking marijuana. The programs we are
developing and testing will hopefully help fill the gap,” said Stephens,
chair of psychology at Virginia Tech and director of the addictions

Many teens have concerns about their use of marijuana, “even
if they’re not sharing them with family or friends,” Walker said. If a
convenient and easy opportunity to weigh the pros and cons of their drug
use is offered that isn’t “shaming or blaming,” kids will participate
in it voluntarily, she said.

The researchers went to high school
classrooms and gave short presentations describing myths and facts about
marijuana, common reasons why teens smoke it, and its health, and
behavior consequences.

The researchers told the students about the
study, saying it was intended to give feedback on – not treat – each
student’s marijuana use. Students could volunteer privately. Of about
7,100 students who heard about the study, 619 volunteered, and 310 met
its criterion of smoking marijuana regularly.

The participants,
ninth through 12th graders attending Seattle public schools, had two
one-on-one meetings with health educators. During the meetings, which
lasted 30-60 minutes each over two weeks, the health educators used one
of two approaches:

  • Motivational interviewing, in which the
    health educator and student discussed the student’s marijuana use and
    how it might be interfering with the student’s life, goals, and personal
    values, and the health educator told the student about social norms of
    how much others use the drug.
  • An educational approach in which a
    PowerPoint presentation described current marijuana research and health
    and psychological effects of marijuana use.

Participants in
the motivational interviewing group started the study using marijuana
40 out of the previous 60 days. Three months after counseling they had
decreased their use 20 percent, to 32 out of 60 days. After a year they
still showed a 15 percent decrease, 34 days out of 60.

in the educational treatment group had slower results, reporting an 8
percent decrease from 38 to 35 days out of 60 days three months after
the treatment ended. A year later, they reported using marijuana 34 of
60 days, an 11 percent overall drop.

The researchers called the
findings “encouraging in that apparently meaningful reductions in
cannabis use resulting from the brief meetings were sustained over a
relatively lengthy period of time.”

Stephens said, “A unique
aspect of this research has been our ability to get teens to voluntarily
sign up for the programs. Previous research has focused mainly on teens
who are coerced into treatment programs by schools, parents, or the
legal system, but there are many more users who may profit from talking
to someone about their use if we can give them options that are

Walker said that the low-burden, low-cost program
could be disseminated to drug and alcohol counselors in schools. The
program “is supposed to attract people who aren’t ready for a full
treatment, but are interested in having a conversation with a
professional trained to discuss concerns with substance use,” she said.

The study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Of the co-authors, Josephine DeMarce of Salem, Va., is a 2006 Ph.D. graduate in psychology from Virginia Tech; Brian Lozano of Charleston, S.C., is a 2008 Ph.D. graduate of psychology from Virginia Tech; Sheri Towe of Martinez, Ga., is a Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech; Roger Roffman
is professor of sociology and director of the Innovative Programs
Research Group at the University of Washington; and Belinda Berg is a
health educator with the School of Social Work at the University of

Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech
attracts students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The
university’s eight colleges achieve quality, innovation, and results
through teaching, research, and outreach in Blacksburg and at other
campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Richmond,
Southern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Roanoke.

TeenSaver Diagnostics Inc., an Irvine, California based
company, is proud to announce that the latest generation of home drug
testing, the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit®, is available on Walgreens
drug store’s online site, Walgreens.com.
“We are pleased that
the Walgreens family and Walgreens.com is now offering a family branded
home drug test kit,” said Steve Stahovich, President of TeenSaver
Diagnostics.     “For over 100 years, Walgreens has been a leader in
providing affordable and reliable home and health care products to
families across America.   We have tremendous pride that families can
trust the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit®, and we are grateful that the
Walgreens Corporation, the nation’s largest drug store chain, shares
that same trust in our product.”
There are five different Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits® available on the retailer’s website, Walgreens.com:
— 1-panel ($16.99) Marijuana (THC) test.
— 3-panel ($21.99), which tests for Marijuana, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine.
— 5-panel ($25.99) screens for the previous three drugs, plus Oxycodone and Opiates.
— 7-panel ($29.99) screens for the previous 5 drugs plus Benzodiazepines and Ecstasy (MDMA.)

Click on the box below or HERE to order from Walgreens.com right now.

— 12-panel test is the most comprehensive Teensavers Home Drug Test
Kit®.   It screens for Marijuana, Cocaine, PCP, Opiates, Amphetamines,
Methamphetamine, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Oxycodone, Methadone,
Ecstasy (MDMA), and Tricyclic Antidepressants.   The 12-panel test is
currently being offered with an introductory discount price of $34.99.

“We are proud to be able to offer home drug testing choices to
families,” said Stahovich.  “If they suspect their loved one may be
using Marijuana, they can rely on our THC-only test.    If they want to
make sure that their loved one is not using a wide variety of drugs,
they can use our comprehensive 12-panel drug test.”
Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit® is 99.9% accurate, made in America, and
approved by the FDA.    The test is endorsed by America’s Parenting
Coach, Tim Chapman, a 30-year treatment veteran.     Chapman says the
Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit® is a tool that belongs in all family
medicine cabinets.  “Kids are turning to prescription drugs in alarming
numbers.   This test can be your weapon in not only detecting the drug
use, but deterring it.   Having this test at home puts teens on notice
that they could face drug testing at any time.   The next time they are
asked to try drugs by someone they know, they won’t hesitate to say, “I
can’t. My parents home drug test me.””
The Teensavers Home Drug
Test Kit® was recently named a Spring 2011 “Top Products”  Winner by
Parent Tested, Parent Approved, one of the most reliable and valuable
online resources for parents.   “Walgreens customers, can have complete
confidence that the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit® has the endorsement
of the PTPA, its testers, and its devoted followers,” said Stahovich.

by President Steve Stahovich, a long time recovery and addiction
specialist, Teensavers Diagnostics Inc. (http://myteensavers.com) is an
ally to parents who suspect their teen may be using narcotics. We are
the latest generation in home drug testing kits, offering a total
solution, and not just results. We are endorsed by America’s Parenting
Coach, Tim Chapman, founder of Chapman House.
To contact Teensavers
Diagnostics about our total solution home drug test kit, or if you are a
pharmacist or medical distributor, call 866-728-7833 or visit our
website at HTTP://Myteensavers.com

Teensavers Diagnostics sister
company Independent Drug Testing Supply, manufactures business drug test
kits and has been supplying hospitals, jails, and corporations for
years. If you are a company interested in our business model drug test
kits, contact us at (949) 727-3750.

More information can be found online at http://Myteensavers.com