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Rocker and actor Jon Bon Jovi doesn’t live the on-the-edge rock star lifestyle. The singer doesn’t make tabloid headlines for debauchery and drug use.

You may spend more time reading about how he gives back to the community, with either philanthropic or charitable time and monetary donations.

So imagine the shock for not only the singer but his fans when it was reported that his daughter had a heroin overdose.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Bon Jovi talked about the struggles of being a parent and how these situations can come out of nowhere.

I didn’t have any sisters. We bring home this girl the first day. Now what? Where’s the manual? There was no manual. So you bring her up the best you can, you surround her with hugs and kisses and know that she may eventually fall down. I appreciate the outpouring of kindness in light of what happened in my household. I’m shocked as much as the next parent with this situation and had no idea. But then you surround them with best help and love and move on, and that’s where we’re at with it. Steph is a great kid. Great GPA. Cool school, Hamilton College up in Clinton, N.Y. Everything about it is idyllic. She was doing great. Then a sudden and steep decline. Hopefully, we caught it when we did and that’s the end of it. But who knew? I’ve got three more to come.

The Bon Jovi situation is not isolated to wealthy, children of celebrities. This is a problem many American families are encountering.

Good kids can often make poor choices. And it happens even when responsible parents are active and present in their children’s lives.

Bon Jovi could easily refuse to discuss the events of his daughter’s overdose. But now it appears he has a plan of attack to make sure that his other children do not fall into drug experimentation.

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Freelance writer Sari Harrar has had a series of pieces for the Philadelphia Inquirer this week about adolescents and opiates.

Today’s story may be the most powerful.

She talks with Justina McIntyre about losing her son Ronnie Powell.

McIntyre went on to create the “One Life, Once Chance” group.

Please read the story by clicking HERE.

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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Marijuana initiatives are on the ballot in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado this upcoming election.

It has pot smokers ready to hit the polling booths.

And voters have big decisions, because they need to understand the law.

Here is one story from the Examiner.com that takes a look at the Willie Nelson backed Prop. 80 measure in Oregon.

Click here for the story.

PCP Rears its’ Ugly Head.

Authorities are talking about the role of PCP use in two violent crimes.

PCP is a rarely talked about drug, a powerful hallucinogen well past it’s hey day.

You want to score drugs? Sure there’s marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, and heroin in full supply.

But PCP is not a common drug. Teens aren’t experimenting with it, and it’s not typically found on drug dealers, and in major drug busts.

But there have been some eerie and violent encounters recently and the people identified in the crimes say they have used “wet.” Wet, leek, or dip can either be a joint mixed with PCP or a joint dipped in embalming fluid.

Two violent attacks in New Jersey in the last few weeks have resulted in the deaths of two kids, while a third child clings to life.

NJ.com takes a look at the cases in a story that can be found HERE.

The Associated Press today updates the latest in the Austin Box death.

Box,  a 22 year old football player at Oklahoma University died of an
overdose May 19th.   He had been ingesting prescriptions not authorized
to him.

Craig and Gail Box told The Associated Press there were
“stark” text messages on their son’s cell phone that may pinpoint to  at
least two people know who was supplying him with some of his pain pills
before his death.

Box’s father Craig told the AP, “It’s evident what the discussion is.  All I can say is that learning of one person’s
involvement has been very devastating to our family. It was somebody
close to Austin.”

Craig Box has indicated that the source was not someone associated with the OU football program.

The  Box family provided the information to authorities.   An autopsy found
the painkillers oxymorphone, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone,
oxycodone and the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam in Box’s system, and
cited “mixed drug toxicity” as a probable cause of death.

Investigators couldn’t find any legal prescriptions on file for the drugs Box took.

Austin Box is a reminder that even the big and strong can succumb to accidental drug use.

Young  athletes can learn from this tragedy.   Parents can learn that because
it appears that your child is performing at a high level of competition,
does not mean they are drug free.

We recommend that all parents of athletes consider using a Teensavers Home Drug Test to make sure
their budding athlete is not abusing drugs.

The warnings have been here for years.   More and more children are turning to prescriptions to get high.  Many think it’s only a pill here and pill there.   But one family is sharing it’s grief in this report by News 3 in Wisconsin.

Hear their story here:

A user’s pain is an entire family’s pain.   If you are using drugs, get help.   For more information go to Myteensavers.com