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According to the a new survey from the California Office of Traffic Safety we are seeing a tilt in the balance of DUI cases showing that drugged driving may be more prevalent than drunk driving.

The studied showed that more drivers tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

I am not sure how these samples were analyzed, but at a recent prescription drug abuse conference in Fountain Valley, California, a member of the Orange County Crime Lab spoke about the testing of drunk vs. drugged drivers.

She indicated that drugged driving will always be underrepresented because if a driver is both using alcohol and drugs prior to arrest, the test will only screen for drugs when the driver is under .08. If a driver has an alcohol level of .08 or above, they are considered legally under the influence, and no drug information is sought.

If that level is less, then run a drug screen to see if there are additional factors that may be causing problems for drivers to put them under the influence.

As with medicinal marijuana, more people may be driving under the influence now.

Some people in Colorado and Washington, where the voters just legalized marijuana, have raised concerns of the potential increase in drugged driving.

Those laws will not take effect for a while, and the federal government has not indicated whether it will step in and overrule on those voter approved measures.



As America endures this summer scorcher, people are trying to keep cool by hitting the beaches, pools, or air conditioning.

Some kids are spending their summer experimenting with alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) released new data today revealing that more adolescents try alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana in June and July than any other months.

Most months, the daily average of first time drinkers between the ages of 12 and 17 is about 5,000 to 8,000 kids. But in June and July the daily average for first time adolescent drinkers is 11,000.

There is a slight increase in cigarette smoking levels. Most days about 3,000 to 4,000 kids light up for the first time. In June and July that number raises to 5,000.

And when it comes to marijuana use, more than 4,500 youths start using it on an average day in June and July, compared to about 3,000 to 4,000 youths during the other months.

SAMSHA Administrator Pamela Hyde says the reason for the increase is simple. “More free time and less adult supervision can make the summertime an exciting time for many young people, but it can also increase the likelihood of exposure to the dangers of substance abuse,”

“That is why it is critically important to take every opportunity we can throughout the year to talk to our young people about the real risks of substance abuse and effective measures for avoiding it, so they will be informed and capable of making the right decisions on their own.”

This is the time for parents to consider using a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit, to catch experimentation before it becomes a habit. Too many teens try alcohol and marijuana and make it a regular choice. What starts as a Friday and Saturday night thing, stretches into a daily ritual.

It really is important to talk with your teens about the dangers of alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.

Even if you have had the conversation before, you should have it frequently. There are numerous drug related news items in and around our community that can serve as the topic of discussion.

Your teens are constantly hit with imagery, messages, and peer pressure that being buzzed or high is cool. The partying lifestyle is glamorized in music, television shows, and movies. It’s time parents offer some counter messaging. Parents need to show their kids examples of how drinking and drug use can have devastating consequences.

No community is immune to drugs. Many teens say getting marijuana is easier than getting alcohol.

I’ve spoken to medical marijuana pharmacy operators and they’ve told me that many kids go get their pot cards the day they turn 18, and “patients” tend to buy more marijuana during holiday periods.

As parents, we know we can’t be around our kids all of the time. But if we can educate them about drugs, it will be easier to trust that they will make the right decisions.

It’s the tale of two stories.

A new study from the University of Colorado has medical marijuana activists, well actually all marijuana activists, jumping for joy.


Researchers there say that states with legalized medicinal marijuana do not a correlation in the number of teen smokers. Essentially, teens are not more likely to smoke pot in states where medicinal marijuana is legal.

But it may not matter. When you look at the CDC’s 2011 Risky Behaviors study, you will see that the numbers of teen marijuana smokers is already much higher than it should be.

Let’s take a look at some of the graphs from the study and the information breakdown by ethnicity and by state.

Roughly 40% of all teens have smoked marijuana at least once in their life. About 8% of them either tried or started their pot smoking before the age of 13.

There isn’t much disparity between the ethnicities, 38% of white teens, 42% of Hispanic teens, and 43% of black teens admitted to smoking marijuana at least once.

Many people think marijuana is more popular in bigger states with more metropolitan areas. But these stats show, pot smoking is not just tied to the big apple and Los Angeles.

CDC 2011 Risky Behavior Study

How about big cities vs. little cities?

51% of Milwaukee high schoolers have tried marijuana. San Francisco holds one of the lowest percentages of cities selected for the survey.

And kids aren’t hiding somewhere smoking their grass. Nearly one fourth of them are getting high on campus.

There is no denying that there is major problem in this country with adolescent drug use, which has been soaring since 2008. Before 2008, drug use was on a lengthy decline.

These numbers tell the story.

There’s a new machine that’s dispensing marijuana. It’s not the first time we’ve seen machines like this. CBS News in LA ran a story about a machine in 2008.

But it’s aimed at making marijuana available for patients 24 hours a day. So when the regulated dispensary closes at 9pm or whatever, its’ customers can continue to buy around the clock.

But who is watching the buyers? Sure there’s a fingerprint system and a cameras, but how do sellers know that a legitimate patient isn’t buying an ounce with the intention of providing it to his teenaged buddies standing right next to him. He may not be that much of a smoker, so he may only need an 1/8 ounce. That’s 7/8 left for the teens, who would probably gladly cover the costs of the cannabis.

In a glance at some of the stories surrounding this, customers are reporting that the marijuana isn’t as fresh, so maybe like the ones that debuted 4 years ago, they will not be very popular.

But the big concern is teenagers getting their hand on marijuana.

To see video of the machine, you can check out the story on the OC Register by clicking here.

Medical Marijuana is quite popular in California. People brag about having their cards, and the marijuana culture, especially in Southern California, is quite prevalent. Legality aside, the big problem is when the marijuana gets into the hands of teenagers.


The Irvine Police Department watched this go down first hand this week. A 19-year old woman walked into a Costa Mesa dispensary, ordered up her medicine, and walked out the door. But she didn’t go home to have her medicine. She made a couple of pit stops first.

Detectives say she first stopped and sold the marijuana to two adults in Irvine, before meeting a teenager at a gas station to sell him some of her supply. The detectives swooped in and arrested Yvette Ordaz, seen below (Source: Irvine Police Department Press Release.)

Now, here’s where readers need to not come unglued. These following statements are not about adults who have a legal right to use dispensaries for marijuana. These statements are about children getting their hands on pot.

The State of California should make the penalties stiffer for sharing medicinal marijuana, especially when the recipient is a minor. California voters authorized medicinal marijuana, and for the users abiding by the legal limitations have the right to smoke it privately. But approval for medical marijuana was not an authorization for teenagers to have a frequent supply of marijuana delivered to them.

Kids should not have this kind of access to drugs. Thankfully, someone tipped the police off to these drug deals. A drug dealer is a drug dealer is a drug dealer.

California’s marijuana legalization supporters are taking their mission to a new state.    Colorado is now the new destination for the marijuana movement.   Supporters were at the University of Colorado recently to try to drum up support.     According to an article in the Denver Daily News, a group called SAFER (Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation) is leading the charge.    This is not the first time the group has tried to get a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot.    They site a republican governorship on the stalling of marijuana legalization.    Legal or not, one thing is for sure; marijuana and all controlled substances need to be kept out of the hands of children.    If you suspect your loved one has a problem with any narcotic, head to MyteenSavers for help.

And for a complete read of the Denver Daily News’ article click here .