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Kids have access to drugs.

Sometimes they go seeking them. Sometimes they accidentally find them. Sometimes they become drug users just by being in the room.


In Connecticut, a kindergarten student had a most unique set of items for show and tell when he came to school on Monday; heroin.

The boy wore his step-father’s jacket to school, and unknowingly was transporting 50 bags of heroin.

When he brought them out for show and tell, the teacher phoned the principal, who then phoned authorities.

When the 35-year-old Santos Roman showed up to retrieve the jacket and the heroin inside, police were waiting for him.

State services are caring for the boy until other relatives are located.

These sorts of stories are not rare. They happen more than people thing. Kids find substances and bring them to school. We’ve seen marijuana, cocaine, pills, and heroin brought to school by an innocent child.

These parents are surely setting bad examples for their kids.

There is no word on whether or not the kid had any drugs in his system. That certainly was not reporter by local media outlets in Bridgeport.

This story comes on the heels of a Las Cruces, New Mexico couple arrested after their children tested positive for cocaine.

Eric Lee Estrada, 30, and Stacey Carreras, 26, face four countes of negligent child abuse.

Apparently the couple was smoking cocaine and possibly doing so in the presence of their children.

Drugs are scary for everyone. Whether you are a user, or the loved one of someone who is hooked on drugs, the topic is downright frightening.

But the one fear that always seems to amaze some treatment professionals is the fear of calling police on a child using or selling drugs. Many parents simply can’t do it. Yes, they might get arrested on a minor crime. But the act could teach them a life-saving lesson.

A teen with a joint at home seems harmless to some parents. They rationalize it with sayings like, “I had one when I was a teen,” or “it’s a rite of passage.” But that one marijuana cigarette could spiral into a 4 pound drug deal. The charges quickly escalate from possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor in most states, and typically wiped off the record of a minor with the attendance of drug class, to felony drug possession with intent to distribute.

Beyond the legal ramifications, you may be able to thwart the experimentation of an adolescent, before it becomes an addiction. But most parents are too scared, hoping the problem will go away, correct itself, or resolve. These things typically don’t happen. A teen who starts using drugs, and hangs out with a crowd who routinely uses, will likely to continue to use. This problem doesn’t go away.

Why do parents have such a hard time? Is it that they can never envision their “baby” lead away by police in handcuffs? They do not want to face the shame withing the community or the family for having a drug user in the home? It is far easier to get help for someone experimenting than to try to help someone who has a habit.

An 11-year-old hated the smell of pot so much, he took matters into his own hands. No, the crowd he hangs out with a school were not smoking. He was sick of his parents incessant pot smoking. The boy simply had had enough. He had to parent his parents. So he grabbed his digital camera, and started snapping photos of his mother and step-father’s supply. And then he sent it to police.

The boy photographed 8 pounds of marijuana. The couple quickly claimed that the pot was medicinal for the step-father’s health issues. Problem is, Minnesota doesn’t have a medicinal marijuana law, like many other states.

The boy told police that he couldn’t escape the smell of marijuana inside the home. The mother, in a television interview, claimed that she doesn’t ever smell it in the house, and that the slightest whiff of it makes her ill.

To make matters worse, the mother is a probation officer. Here is a woman sworn to help monitor people who have turned to crime and help them rehabilitate, and she has two young children in the home with 8 pounds of marijuana.

The step-father had scales, weapons, and instruments consistent with supplies used by drug dealing criminals. Both the mother and step-father now face drug charges.

This child stood up for himself and knew drugs were bad. Not many kids would do that. The sad thing is, not many parents would do it either.

Don’t be afraid to deal with a drug problem in your home. Don’t be afraid to talk to your children about drugs, drug use, and the affects that drugs have on people. Encourage your kids to have an open dialogue with you regarding drugs and alcohol.

Home drug test your children to make sure they aren’t experimenting with narcotics.



It is not uncommon to hear arguments against home drug testing children.    But the ones making the loudest noise are not the children.   Parents typically are the ones who quickly argue that “they could tell if their kid was on drugs.”

Doctors, and parents of teen users, will tell you, it’s not that easy.

Society is fast paced and kids are connected to friends, thoughts, and ideas thousands of miles away through the internet.   Kids search on new ways to get high.   Children try products made for one thing (bath salts), using them as drug substitutes.

Home drug testing is an extra line of defense for parents to keep that extra eye on their children.     It isn’t invasion of privacy, it’s protection for your children.   Our role as parents is to protect and guide our kids into adulthood.   Home Drug testing can play a big part in ushering our kids through adolescence safely.


Click on the box below to find out more about the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit



Too many parents sit back and wonder if their child is using drugs.   At first they have a suspicion.   It could be a change in behavior, new friends, or slipping in grades.    After that, parents often play the waiting game.   They debate whether or not they should confront their child.   It may be a long time down the road before they drug test their child.

Do not wait!

Marijuana is everywhere.   Prescription drugs are everywhere.   Heroin is everywhere.  Drugs are available to your child within the community, at school, or through friends.

The best tool to fight against home drug testing is the Teensavers Home Drug Test.    It is affordable, lab-accurate, and simple to use.    You can give it to your child in the privacy of your own home and nobody needs to know but your inner circle.

Just having one at home let’s your child know that you could test at any time.    That one piece of information may be enough to convince your child to say “no” when offered drugs.


Parents are naive.

Ask most addiction and treatment
specialists and they will tell you that one of the more well-used
phrases from parents of adolescents is, “It’s not child.”


CS Mott Children’s Hospital poll, released today, indicates that the
thinking still exists in a society of surging teen prescription drug
use, and stories of kids getting high or dying from synthetic marijuana
and synthetic ecstasy.

According to the study, which polled
parents of children ages 13-17, only 1/3 of the parents believe drugs
are problem for children, and 1/5 believe alcohol is a problem in the

When it comes to whether or not THEIR kids is using,
10% of parents believe that their child has used alcohol in the last
year.   5% believe their child used marijuana in the same time period.

most recent usage information from the Monitoring the Future study
shows that those numbers are much higher.   52% of children say they
have used alcohol in the last year, and 28% have used marijuana.

parents are behind the times.   Alcohol and marijuana are everywhere.
Kids have it, sell it, and use it frequently.   They know this because
when asked how many kids use it.   They reported that 40% of OTHER kids
use marijuana and 60% or more of OTHER kids used alcohol.

believe that more kids are using than actually are, but in that inflated
number, they still can’t fathom that their child is among those users.

Parents need to wake up and realize that alcohol and drugs are a big part of the high school and even middle school cultures.




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.

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Our product is currently not available on Walgreens.com




It is a hotly debated proposal.   A new bill would require parents to
drug test their children in order to keep them in school.   Long Island
lawmaker Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa)  introduced the
bill this week.   The bill would force parents to sign a statement
swearing they had tested their children annually.   The students tested
would be high schoolers, grades 9th through 12th.   The results would
not be relayed to school administrators.

The Teensavers Team
applauds Saladino for his efforts.  After all, parents who discover that
their child is using a substance, can help correct the problem.
Oftentimes, a teenagers habit becomes a full blown addiction before
loved ones find out.   Treating the problem at that point can be

While we always encourage parents to use drug tests to
help ensure that their kids are clean, there are a few problems we see
with this bill.  First, testing only once a year doesn’t do a whole
lot.   If you test your teen in January, they have another 10 months of
potential substance abuse.    The key to home drug testing is regular
and random.   Your teen should know that they could be tested at any
time, but at no specific time.  This also helps prevent a kid from
possessing substitute urine or a masking agent handy.

The other
problem we have with the bill is that it starts with 8th grades.
14-years-old is not the entry age for drug use.   SAMHSA stats say that
2500 children experiement with drugs for the first time every day, and
some of them are as young as 8-years-old.   This policy would work
better for children grades 6th and up.    Now you are looking at 11 and
12-year-olds, who may just be experimenting with marijuana or other
controlled substances.   Early detection is key when trying to cutoff a
growing drug problem.  By high school, kids have more means to find
masking agents, or find someone to provide them with a urine sample.

Teensavers believes that Saladino is on the right path.   He told CBS2 in New York,

“We want to make sure that parents have the tools
they need to determine if there’s an addiction problem with a serious
drug — we’re talking heroin, barbiturates, opiates — the kinds of drugs
that lead to death,” Saladino said.

He claimed the bill is designed to assist parents.

a teen becomes 18-years-old, they’re an adult, and parents lose all
control of the situation and are not able to get them into rehab,” Saladino said. “This helps parents identify the problem early.”

believe Saladino is working towards a great plan to help keep kids off
drugs.   What we are proud to see is that he responded after a series of
heroin deaths in his community.   Many lawmakers are not doing much to
help fight this surging drug problem.

Hopefully Saladino can wake up the parents of these kids, and let them know that this threat is for real.




Just wanted to give a heads up that Steve Stahovich, the man behind
the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit was featured on the moms blog
“Whirlwind of surprises.”

The blog is also giving away two free tests.

Click here for more details:



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.