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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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Click on the photo to get to the Walgreens.com shopping page.

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.

There is a joyous feeling in Seattle regarding the new marijuana legalization which took effect today, Friday December 7th at the stroke of midnight.

But it’s not just the blazers that are enjoying their new found smoking freedom.

On the city’s police website, spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee wrote: “The department’s going to give you a generous grace period to help you adjust to this brave, new, and maybe kinda stoned world we live in.”

Spangenthal-Lee then wrote, “The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to.”

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The final message pictures Jeff Bridges as his famous Big Lebowski character “the due” with the message “The dude abides and he says take it inside.”

While you want to applaud Seattle PD for their approach to the situation over marijuana, you always wonder if this send the right message to teens.

After all, you don’t see drinking and driving reminders with Lindsay Lohan holding a magnum of champagne saying “I like my bubbly, but when it comes to driving, I won’t be getting into troubly.”

Of course that phrase is stupid, but the point is, using celebrated drug and alcohol heroes to make a serious point and to introduce a new law, is troubling.

What’s next? Jeff Spicoli reminding you that smoking in your van is illegal? Snoop Dogg telling smokers that you can’t go wrong being at home with a bong?

Kids who are curious about marijuana or other drugs, get some of their inspiration and motivation to use from these iconic figures in pop culture.

We will see how the new law affects the rate of teen marijuana use. But it will be a good while before we ever see any stats on that.

An interesting viewpoint from Mother Jones’ Gavin Aronsen.

Citing the recent “first of its kind” synthetic marijuana study that we told you about on this blog a few days ago, Aronsen makes the argument that these drugs wouldn’t exist if marijuana wasn’t banned in the first place.

Long before the abuse of synthetic drugs, is the abuse of other illicit and legal drugs. One test detects drug use in minutes.

But the truth is, people with a desire to reach a high have long sought out alternative methods to what has been available.

Synthetic marijuana users aren’t pushed to the fake stuff because an absence or illegality of weed.

Marijuana is everywhere.

Synthetic drugs like k2 spice, bath salts etc. exist because people want to go to that next level.

People would smoke low level marijuana if they just liked to get high, but marijuana connoisseurs grow, sell, and buy premium grade marijuana at dispensaries where medicinal marijuana can be legally sold.

I know someone who abuses spice, k2, and other synthetic marijuana products.

She has been a long time marijuana smoker. She has no problem gaining access to a small amount of marijuana.

But she chooses to use synthetics because they make her feel good.

She pays more for the synthetic high, and she doesn’t even take the legality of either substance in consideration when she wants to use.

In the end, it really isn’t important why people use synthetic drugs. The key is that synthetics can kill, and need to be removed from store shelves.

Washington state’s much talked about marijuana law is taking effect, and there will be corresponding changes from law enforcement officers as a result.

There’s only one way parents can know for sure if their kid is high before or after driving — the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.

Adults 21 years of age and older will be able to possess an ounce of marijuana in plant form, 16 ounces infused, and 72 ounces cooked in food.

Although possession is still a federal crime, the state is studying a way to set up a system under direction of the Liquor Control Board for the sale of marijuana.

“The voters have put the governor of the State of Washington in charge of the nation’s biggest marijuana operation,” Wahkiakum County Prosecuting Attorney told the Wakkiakum County Eagle.

“Until the law is clearly written, we’re not going to make any arrests for possession,” Sheriff Mark Howie said. “However, just as with alcohol, people can’t light up in public; smoking in public is still illegal.”
Deputies will also investigate and make arrests for large-scale growing operations, possession of large quantities of marijuana and for impaired driving under the influence of marijuana.
Oh, and deputies won’t be able to light up either.

“I’ve revised our policies to say that use of marijuana is prohibited while one is employed with the sheriff’s department,” Howie said. “It’s still a federal crime to use or possess it.

How people will obtain the drug illegally still hasn’t been worked out.

The sheriff’s department also plans to continue using its’ drug smelling dog, Dakota.
The dog may not lead to nearly as many arrests, but it will still make sure minors are not in possession and the Dakota will also continue searching schools.

When it comes to driving under the influence, the scent of marijuana cannot be a leading factor in determining if someone is driving while high.

Officers will begin using other factors to decide on impairment.

Various news outlets in television and radio have picked up the story about small private companies offering drug detecting dog services at home.

The best tool goes beyond k9 searches. Teensavers 12 panel home drug test is the most comprehensive test for families.

And while drug dogs are very effective at discovering drugs in a home, they can’t provide parents with the answer they really want to know. Which drugs are their child abusing?

Kids may buy an amount of marijuana, and only use a small amount of the stash each time.

But if they are buying other drugs, they typically buy and use them instantly.

With Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits, you know if your child has been using painkiller, ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine, or another illicit drug.

Sure, when pressed, your teen may admit to using marijuana, and will gladly cough up some of his bag.

But he’s not going to tell you that he’s been raiding the medicine cabinet, or that he has a big designer drug habit.

Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits can bring your results beyond the bark of a drug detecting dog.

Marijuana legalization is a topic that has been bantered about back and forth for decades.

But the issue has never been hotter than since Colorado and Washington states’ voters approved marijuana legalization initiatives.

And while the federal government in America has kept silent about the laws, and a possible national relaxation of the marijuana laws, many other political leaders in North, Central, and South America have vocalized support for a change in the laws.

The feeling is not the same in the great white north.

I don’t see Canada going down that road,” Toronto Police Staff-Insp. Randy Franks told QMI Agency recently when asked about the possibility of legalizing marijuana.

“It’s not something I would want our city, or our country, to be known for,” he said.

Franks leads the the drug squad in Toronto, a city where Controlled Drugs and Substances Act charges have more than doubled in the last decade despite all the talk of marijuana legalization.

But new political leadership could one day overrule the current mentality.

An Ipsos survey conducted last summer found 66% of Canadians support decriminalization of marijuana.

As stated here with the looming legalization in the two states. Marijuana needs to be kept out of the hands of children.

 

We are learning just how many youths and young adults are having serious health complications from synthetic marijuana.

The Drug Abuse Warning Network has released its’ first study on synthetic marijuana.

K2, Spice and other synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana high sent 11,406 people — mostly teens and young adults — to the ER in 2010.

The report, found that children ages 12 to 17 accounted for one-third of the emergency room visits. Young adults ages 18 to 24 accounted for another 35%.

“This report confirms that synthetic drugs cause substantial damage to public health and safety,” Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske said.

Spice and K2, marketed as legal, fake pot and labeled as herbal incense, emerged in 2009 as popular drugs among teenagers and college students, who could purchase the substances online, in head shops, and in convenience stores.

Problems quickly emerged. Doctors reported teenagers arriving in the emergency room with high fevers and strange behavior.

The packaging clearly states “not for human consumption” but that almost serves as a beacon for teens that “hey this is the stuff you want to mess around with.”

The DEA instituted an emergency ban on the key chemical components. In July, Congress banned sales of K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.

However, amateur chemists continue to make these compounds and hand them out to people, treating them almost as guinea pigs.

It’s important for parents to understand what these compounds are, and for them to have a meaningful dialogue with their kids about the dangers.

When it comes to teens and young adult users, marijuana and prescription drugs are the top two commonly abused drugs.

But lurking as another option is methamphetamine.

Don’t guess if your teen or loved one is using drugs. Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits tell you within 3-minutes. Lab accurate, affordable, and confidential. Teensavers is the right solution for your family.

Meth has changed structure and compounds over the years, but it remains popular.

One area where law enforcement officers have made big strides against meth production and distribution is in Philadelphia.

And the website Phillyburbs.com has a great article talking about the origins of meth, and who the current meth users and meth producers are.

You may live far from Philadelphia, but automatically write this article off as something not pertaining to your family or your community.

Education and awareness are key. Parents need to be informed on which drugs are popular, what kids call them, and what signs to look for when someone is using and abusing drugs.

Most people do not know very much about methamphetamine production and use, and the PhillyBurbs article is a good quick study on the drug and the culture of the people who use it.

As the article indicates, Meth is a popular choice for kids these days. It may not be as accessible as marijuana or painkillers, but kids have shown a liking for it.

An informed parent will make better parenting decisions.

 

Since voters in Washington and Colorado approved marijuana legalization legislation last month, many people, including world leaders, questioned whether the war on drugs is still effective.

The Atlantic takes a look at the notion today.

It’s interesting when you think of the quality factor. The fact that pot smokers are now much more of connoisseurs of cannabis, and not just grass smokers plays a big role in the war on drugs.

How do you battle the war on drugs in your home? Teensavers helps discover experimentation.

Whether legalized or not, or allowed for medicinal purposes, the number one factor is delivering a message to children that marijuana is harmful for the brains of adolescents.

You can slice the legalization argument 10 ways on why it should be taxed and sold in America, but the bottom line is that kids can never think that it is OK to smoke.

Recent studies showed adults who smoked marijuana with kids, and continued with regularity through adulthood, showed a loss of IQ.

The threat to a developing young brain is monumental.

Too many people spout that marijuana is a harmless drug, and that nobody has ever died from using marijuana.

But teen who smoke can pay the price with their brain development, and marijuana can be a gateway drug for young users.

She wasn’t moving millions of dollars in illicit drugs, but a 32 year old Georgia woman will spend the next six months behind bars for pushing small packages of pills.

Kids are obtaining pills from these small type drug dealers. Teensavers is your extra set of eyes.

Undercover agents met Erica Kohl, and obtained 20 Oxycontin tablets during one encounter, and then busted her a second time at the same shopping mall for another 20 pills.

According to the Marietta Times, prosecutors established a sufficient case against a woman who was not keeping up with the court’s request for drug counseling and treatment.

Perhaps she didn’t take this case against her too seriously, but when the judge handed down the sentence, Kohl realized this meant not spending Christmas with her son this year.

As people get caught up with the money of drug dealing, they often lose sight of the consequences.

She will now have the next six months to think about how drug dealing is not the best career choice.