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There is a belief by some that family dinners can help prevent teens from turning to drugs or delinquent behavior.  But Time Magazine disgarees.  The news magazine reports that the facts don’t back up those claims.


Drug abuse and addiction can afflict any family, no matter how rich, social conscious, religious, or morally balanced a family is. Drug abuse does not discriminate against by gender, race, or how much you have in your bank account.

Talk to treatment experts and they will tell you that the best way for parents to keep their kids drug free is to form a trusting and open relationship with them. They also recommend taking an active role in their lives, being involved in their activities, and asking questions.

Family dinners may fall into that category of forming relationships and being involved in activities, like asking how the school day was, asking about peers, or sharing something that went on at work.

Sometimes those dinner conversations need to include the topic of drugs. Parents should be open with their kids about what is happening in the community, and who was arrested for drugs. It will lead to the children being more open about who does drugs in school.

The best thing you can do is be your child’s confidante or sounding board. When they start telling you that they heard Billy or Katie are pot smokers, you’ll remember. Two years down the road, if your child is friends with Billy or Katie, you now know what kind of company your child keeps. It will give you the opportunity to say “you know, a couple of years ago you told me that he/she was doing drugs.”

With people so emerged in reading about who got a new car, who is painting their home, and who had an expensive trip to the vet on Facebook, they forget that they used to find this information out by forming close relationships with people.

Parents should be their kids’ Facebook page. Their brains, like the clouds that store all that mostly useless information online.

No parent should have the response “who are they?” when their children tell them that they are going out with them for the evening, or having sleepovers.

Parents should know their children’s friend’s parents. Those parents should talk to make sure stories are straight. Too many kids lied to their parents about sleepovers to cover up alternative plans.

Sharing a box of Hamburger Helper alone is never going to stop a teen from doing drugs. But parents who know the meat of their child’s social lives, friends, and calendars will have a better chance of guiding them to a drug-free life.

Click HERE for Time Magazine’s story.

Teen drinking isn’t funny. More teens than ever before are becoming binge drinkers.

Here’s a photo making the rounds today and receiving quite a bit of fanfare. It pictures a teen holding a photo with the words “Since I want to post photos of me holding liquor. I am obviously not ready for social media and will be taking a hiatus until I learn what I should and should not post.”

Salute these parents for correcting this teen’s behaviors. Parents should be checking out their children’s social media. Facebook and Twitter aren’t just popular for tech junkies and stay at home moms. Remember, numerous kids in elementary and middle school are using social media to swap photos and interact. There’s a reason why Instagram was just swooped up for a hefty price tag.

One any of these given sites you can look up and see plenty of references about drug use. Kids boast about drinking, parties, drugs, and sneaking everything by their parents.

If they are silly enough to make these mistakes, boasting about doing illegal activites, what else might they try?

Try to keep and eye on the things your teen not only says and does, but posts!

It’s the image ravers hate. They are all a bunch of drug-using mushheads.

Even the LA Weekly took a shot at this blog when Teensavers reminded parents to exercise caution when it comes to teens attending raves. Now Teensavers didn’t allude to the fact that everyone that attends these events are on drugs. The Teensavers teams wanted to remind parents of some of the younger attendees that drugs are used at these events.

While raves are supposed to be 18 and over only crowds, some minors do sneak in. A rave in Los Angeles saw that first hand. At the Electric Daisy Carnival in 2010, a 15-year-old girl died of a drug overdose. LA leaders called for a crackdown.

But not all ravers use drugs. Many go and enjoy the music and the lights and the activity drug free. And some musical acts are outspoken about the linking of music festivals and drug use.

Case in point: The Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Madonna was there to introduce Avicii. Trying to keep herself relevant and hip with the younger crowd, she asked, “how many of you have seen Molly?”

Molly isn’t a singer on the bill. Molly is slang for Ecstasy. And while some of the crowd let out a roar, it didn’t leave everyone in the dance community laughing.

Deadmau5, one of the hottest acts on the planet, didn’t like what Madge had to say. In fact, the star (real name Joel Zimmerman) lashed out at Madonna via his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“Very classy there madonna. “HUR DUR HAS ANYONE SEEN MOLLY???” such a great message for the young music lovers at ultra, Quite the f’n philanthropist. but hey, at least yer HIP AND TRENDY! fucking cant smack my head hard enough right now.”

The Huffington Post posted an exchange between the musical producer and a fan. You can read it HERE. The fan called him out asking him where he’d be without ecstasy. Zimmerman didn’t skip a beat saying “i’d give up my entire career to remove the fucking rampant stupidity thats plagued my favorite type of music in an INSTANT.”

It’s good to see that some of the popular people in a genre stand up and speak out against drug use. Imagine if we saw the biggest names in TV and movies follow Deadmau5’s lead? It might be refreshing. Instead we still have movie and TV stars who are the poster children for drug use like Seth Rogan and Charlie Sheen.

It certainly would be nice if someone of stature like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie came out and say that the Pitts are against pill abuse or heroin is for has-beens. It would be magnificent if Justin Bieber told his millions of fans that drugs will never be cool. Deadmau5 may not be a household name, but to dance fans, he’s well-known.

It’s great to see him relay a positive anti-drug message!

Arizona State University has issued a statement saying that Parrish was not a student of the school as reported early on by UCLA’s daily Bruin.

A website has also posted updated information on the young man who lost his life to an apparent combination of alcohol and drugs at UCLA this weekend.

Nowpublic.com has links to Parrish’s Facebook page, as well as a link to a memorial site, created to remember Parrish.

You can access the site by clicking HERE.

    There is a lot of hate and vitriol aimed at Roger Ebert in the wake of his tweet, “Friends don’t let jackasses drive drunk.”     But is it called for?    We obviously won’t have toxicology reports back on Ryan Dunn’s body for a few weeks.   But Ebert made the leap from a facebook photo to a fiery crash.   Is it wrong?     The famed film critic certainly could not know for certain whether or not Dunn, one of the actors from the Jackass show and movies, was legally intoxicated.  

    He was going by this photo that circulated the internet.  


Now there were reports that Dunn had consumed three beers and three shots sometime around when this photo was taken.    That total could have been over 8 hours, or in 20 minutes.   We won’t know.   Ebert, clearly was assuming that Dunn, who was behind the wheel of the fiery crash, was above the legal limit to drive.    Facebook fans revolted on Roger, and people took to Twitter to attack the acclaimed critic.    Perez Hilton even lashed out at Ebert saying that the comments were too early.     If Dunn was drunk, when is it OK to be critical?    He’s still dead today, and will be tomorrow, the day after, next month, and next year.      Had a suspected drunk driver slammed into Dunn, nobody would be condemning Ebert for making the comments. 

Dunn didn’t just kill himself, he took the life of a passenger.    Zachary Hartwell, seen in the right of the above photo, was also killed.    Authorities believe that Dunn was going 100 MPH when he hit the guard rail and launched into a tree.   

Ebert’s comments may not have just been pointing a finger, he may also be reminding people of lives lost too earl because of drunk driving.    Again, we won’t know what Dunn’s BAC level was for a few weeks.     Ebert may be the messenger that’s being targeted.   If Dunn was drunk at the time of the crash, he’s the one who clearly sent the message





Parents, we need your help!

We have created a POLL P on our Facebook page.   If you’ve never been there, you should check it out.   It has all of the latest teen and drug news and stories.     Today we are asking parents if they are concerned about teens and drugs.

We would love for you to come and give us your two cents.   If you like what you see there, we’d love you to “like” our page!

Here is the link for the POLL!  http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=question&id=199941093374508&qa_ref=qd

Thanks from the Teensavers Team.

Most parents watch their teens walk out the door on a Friday night without much of a thought.   “Be home by 11,” shouts one parent.   “Drive safe,” says the other.    Sometimes that’s the only thing we worry about as parents; our children being home on time!    But what are our teens doing between 6p and 10p?    They could just be checking out the high school football game, catching a movie, or hanging out at the local fast food joint with their friends.

But even if they did do one of those things.   They aren’t always just happy-go-lucky events.   Sometimes there’s a little something in the middle.   A drink here, a puff there, or a pill or two down the hatch.     Teens are smart enough to get a little bit of a high, then fly past a weary eyed parent who probably got up at 5 or 6am for work.    Not every teen stumbles home drunk.   Give them credit.    They save those nights for when they spend the night at a home where the parents are out-of-town.   But keep a close eye.

Interact with your teen when they come home.    Ask them about their night.   Listen to the names of the friends they are hanging out with.   Parents need to be vigilant.   Most teens are good kids.   Some get caught up with the wrong crowd.    Most parents could spot the OBVIOUS kids who are the wrong crowd.    I knew many “good,” popular,” and “well liked” kids who were into heavy drugs.    Talk with other parents.   Sometimes keeping those open lines of communication and having some meaningful dialogue make the difference between keeping a teenager in check, and having a teenager that’s spinning out of control.

Our children are our most prized possessions.    We need to cherish them.    Many parents find the time to wash their cars twice a week,  have their manicure and pedicure routinely, or get the puppy groomed every weekend.   But sometimes we fail to check on most beloved joys of our lives.   The ones that smile back at us, and keep our hearts warm.