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Authorities in Minnesota have charged a man for killing a teenager and his cousin, that broke into the man’s home over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Officers discovered stolen pill vials in the car that is believed to have been used by the teens in a separate burglary.

Parents can screen for pill use with one simple 3-minute test.

The missing pills came from the home of a man who had been vacationing in Spain.  That home had been broken into a night or two before the burglary with the shootings.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, the teens broke into the home in Little Falls, and homeowner Bryan Smith fired a shot which wounded the boy. But Smith then fired a shot to the teen’s face killing him.

When the girl emerged from stairs, he shot and wounded her. But authorities told the paper that while the girl lay wounded, Smith put a gun up to the girls chin and fired one final “good, cleaning finishing shot” killing her.

Toxicology reports have not been released on the teens, to see if they may have been high on the pills at the time of the second robbery.

But if these teens did have a pill problem, you can see how an addiction can lead kids to do things that put their life in danger just to continue their pill supply.

It’s a small town hit by a tragedy, and it may have been prevented if the teens had never been experimenting with prescription drugs.

North Dakota and Minnesota are not among those states exploding with drug problems like many other states, but authorities one the border there are dealing with the deaths of two teenagers, and police are convinced bath salts are the culprit.


The first death involved a 17-year-old in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. A teen overdosed on synthetic drugs. He was hospitalized for a short time, but passed over the weekend.

The other case is downright frightening.

An 18-year-old to the west in Grand Forks, North Dakota died from synthetic drugs. But authorities say that the young man had been asking for acid or LSD, when a supplier may have been passing off the bath salts as such.

That’s the problem right there,” told East Grand Forks Police Lt. Hajicek to Inforum.com. “You don’t have any idea what you are taking.”

The peculiar danger of these new drugs is that they are so new, little is known about their effect or potency, Hajicek said. “Not that any illegal drugs are safe, but these synthetic drugs we are seeing seem to be even more dangerous,” he said.

Parents need to be having talks with their kids about the dangers of these substances.

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.


Parents should be preaching the dangers of drugs.   But there even may be a more urgent message to send teens.   That synthetic drugs could be deadlier.

Case in point: A 19 year old is dead, and 10 teens/young adults were sickened at a Minnesota party.  The group had ingested a synthetic ecstasy substance called 2C-E.    The powder can be obtained over the internet.

“Euphoria, hallucinations, they seemed to be out of it,” Captain Kerry Fenner told the Pioneer Press of the symptoms.   “You could definitely tell they were intoxicated on something. Some of them were in respiratory distress.”

The substance has a common street name of Izzy or Zoom.    America‘s Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman, says that this serves as a reminder to parents to keep their ears perked.    “Everyone knows you won’t hear a teen on his cellphone talking about heroin, cocaine, or ecstasy openly.   But you have these street names like Izzy, Zoom, and Slizzurp.   Parents need to listen what their kids are saying.   These slang terms can often be drug references.     When you hear a teen say something like, “we’re going to zoom into the party and pick up Izzy,” you may be hearing code for drug plans.”

This tragic event is a strong reminder to parents to communicate with their teenagers about the dangers of drugs.   Synthetic versions of marijuana and ecstasy are not safer than their dangerous counterparts.    Parents should also use home drug tests with their teens.