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Last fall, ESPN the magazine reported that numerous college athletes across the country engage in regular drug use.

Highlighted was the University of Oregon and the marijuana culture on campus.

At the time, numerous former players were asked what percentage of players used marijuana.

The answer was somewhere between 40 and 60 percentage. Current players agreed that the assessment would apply to current members of the Ducks football rosters.

Now, as the PAC-12 season in underway, those players will be under a little more scrutiny at the University.

That’s because Oregon’s athletic department spent the summer fine-tuning a new drug policy that would subject athletes to random tests year-round, even during the summer.

So far the tests have no begun, but it will be interesting to see if any players are caught by the new system.

The university is not doing anything that already isn’t being done in the pros. All professional sports leagues screen for performance enhancing drugs and illicit drugs.

High Schools across the country are trying to establish random testing, but it often is met by parents who are against the plans.

Ultimately, these athletes will need to test if they are good enough to play professional sports.

It’s good to see the University of Oregon work to identify, contain, and dissipate the marijuana culture on campus.


The Philadelphia coroner will perform an autopsy to determine how Garrett Reid, the 29-year-old son of Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, died.


Garrett Reid’s body was found at a dorm room at Lehigh University, where the NFL team was holding training camp.

The campus police chief reported no signs of foul play.

Reid had a history of drug abuse, and drug dealing.

ESPN broke the story, and added this said chapter of Reid’s life:

In his early 20s, Garrett Reid said he “got a thrill” out of being a drug dealer in a lower-income neighborhood just a few miles from his parents’ suburban Villanova mansion.

“I liked being the rich kid in that area and having my own high-status life,” Reid told a probation officer, according to court testimony in November 2007. “I could go anywhere in the ‘hood. They all knew who I was. I enjoyed it. I liked being a drug dealer.”

At his sentencing hearing, Garrett Reid told the judge: “I don’t want to die doing drugs. I don’t want to be that kid who was the son of the head coach of the Eagles, who was spoiled and on drugs and OD’d and just faded into oblivion.”

You can see the ESPN story by clicking here.

Whether you are a fan of college sports or not is really not important. If you are a parent, and a parent of an athlete, ESPN has an article today that’s well worth reading. It involves NCAA players and drugs.


Why does this hit home?

Because most parents of athletic children think that their kids care too much about their bodies to do drugs. It’s obvious that’s not the case. Surely everyone remembers Lawrence Taylor’s battle with cocaine, and he was one of the best defensive players in the game. Ricky Williams was once considered one of the best running backs that the NCAA had every seen. He left the NFL and went to play in Canada so he could continue smoking pot. Only after he cleaned up, did he return to the NFL.

ESPN dives into the college drug culture, and shows how even the nation’s best collegiate athletes are not immune to messing around with marijuana or popping prescription drugs.

You can read the story by clicking HERE.

Myteensavers feels for the familyof Oklahoma Sooner LB Austin Box.   Reports today have surfaced that Box was found dead, and it was reported that Box may have died snorting Oxycontin.


Oxycontin is a serious drug, and even the fittest and toughest people can succumb to it.   If this report is true, maybe we need to take a closer look at stronger drug testing.   It starts with the pros, then through the NCAA schools, and perhaps high schools.   The NFL has testing.   Is it strict enough?

Myteensavers advocates home drug testing to keep kids in line.   It’s tragic to see young and talented people lose their lives to drugs.   2500 children start using for the first time every day.   Let’s keep our athletes and our children safe and drug free.

Oxycontin is just one of the 12 substances tested in the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.

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It is no coincidence that we are hearing a lot of stories nationwide about teens who lost their lives to prescription drug abuse.     With the recently President Obama proclaimed National Take Back Day, the requests, pleas, and begging for an end to this crisis has grown louder.

The DEA along with various local city and state police, fire, medical, and religious organization is asking for adults to dispose of unused or expired OTC and Prescription medications.

Every pill and liquid that is removed from the home, creates a safer environment for our children to grow up.

The latest victim that I read about, Connor, a young Utah boy who died last December after an overdose.    You can read about it here: http://fb.me/y8BPa17b

It’s a story with a different name, and a different place, but a common problem; prescription medication.

This kid wasn’t a runaway, and he wasn’t out partying on the streets til 2AM, well past curfew.

Little Connor was playing basketball and ice skating and had dinner at a friend’s house.   The later watched the end of a movie at home with his mother.

In the morning, he was dead.

It’s not a different story from another death late last year.   Two teens playing rock band at home until 3AM.   The parents not upset and glee and laughter coming from their son’s room.   Afterall, their son and his best friend weren’t out at a party.   They had a fun night at home with their parents a few rooms away.   Sadly, the parents the next day found the teen guest dead.   The boys had been using prescription drugs.

There are far too many stories in society.   These aren’t bad kids.   These are children who make a bad choice.   Sometimes it’s just one mistake that leads them to the grave.

Myteensavers.com urges parents to take part in the Take Back day.     Spend 5-10 minutes locating all old medicines, and take them to a proper collection spot in your neighborhood.

Yes, some kids will still use methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol.   Saturday’s effort may not change that.     But prescription drug abuse is an epidemic.     Kids choose pills second to marijuana.   The threat and the danger is real.

Myteensavers.com also encourages home drug testing.   A 12-panel Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit will screen for many dangerous drugs including marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamine, opiates, PCP, benzodiazapines, barbiturates, trcicyclic acids, Oxycodone, methadone, Ecstasy (MDMA)

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