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If you didn’t catch last night’s Intervention, it was about a mother who had a severe meth and Oxycontin habit.

Detect Oxycontin use in a 3-minute affordable, reliable, and private Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.

And the person she got her drugs from was typically her brother.

While many users may experiment with drugs for the first time with a sibling or loved one, most typically do not continue buying from their siblings.

This is important for parents to look for and recognize especially when they discover that an eldest child of theirs has experimented with drugs.

Sometimes it will completely turn the younger siblings away, and sometimes it may make drug use more attractive or less dangerous to those kids.

If they see that brother or sister is using, and they are carrying on a seemingly normal and functioning life, they may perceive reduced risks with using drugs.

Oftentimes even while using together, sibling will hide their actual drug use, and only admit to a lesser usage.

If you haven’t watched A&E’s Intervention, it’s a powerful show.   It’s worth hiting the DVR record button.

There are a lot of patients with severe alcohol problems. Parents can learn from the interventionist just how significant of a role they play in enabling a young drinker or drug abuser.

You can see the Huffington Post’s recap on Intervention, including a video clip, by clicking HERE.

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The stories are heart wrenching; young people dying from prescription drug abuse in America.

Many take the downward spiral from recreational pill use towards heroin, and they lose their lives that way.

Teen drug use can be detected with one 3-minute family kit.

CNN, in a story today about the pill problem plaguing this country, opens its’ story about Emily, a girl who died after taking Oxycontin the first time.

Earlier that day, she had attended her uncle’s funeral. That night, she and her cousins drank alcohol, and she mixed in one of her late uncle’s Oxycontin pills.

That’s all it took. No, history of experimentation. No addiction. One recreational use took her life.

CNN examines why so many people loses their lives accidentally to prescription drug misuse.

You can read that article by clicking HERE.

The only thing worse than a death related to an overdose, is when the death could have been prevented.

Teensavers is applauding the work of Senator Joe Vitale (D-Middlesex.)

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A new law, proposed by the Senator, is in the works that would give immunity to 9-1-1 callers who are present when someone they are with overdoses.

Citing the death of comedian Greg Giraldo, the New Jersey newssite NJ.com, breaks down the proposed law.

Teensavers believes this is a much needed law across the entire country.

It’s not just the rich and famous who die like Giraldo. Teens, fearing arrest, often bail when one of their friends overdoses.

Not only should more Good Samaritan Emergency Response Acts be proposed, but they need to be publicized to let teens know that they won’t be in trouble for trying to save a friend’s life.

Hollywood’s celebrity circles certainly has it share of drug users.

Is Macauly Culkin one of them?

Today, a tabloid report is being circulated by legitimate news sources that the actor has a severe drug problem.

Anonymous sources say that the actor has nearly overdosed on his habit of heroin and oxycontin.

The National Enquirer reports that Culkin spends $6000 a month on drugs.

Hopefully these reports are bogus, like a lot of the material that these tabloids post.

Culkin has led an interesting life. After hitting it big with the Home Alone movies, and a dramatic appearance in “My Girl” Culkin has most stayed away from the silver screen.

Culkin has had some publicized drug problems in the past. According to Wikipedia:

On September 17, 2004, Culkin was arrested in Oklahoma City for the possession of 17.3 grams (0.61 oz) of marijuana and two controlled substances, 16.5 milligrams (0.25 grains) of Alprazolam and 32 milligrams (0.5 gr) of Clonazepam,[25] for which Culkin was briefly jailed but soon released on a $4,000 bond.[26][27] After being arraigned in court for misdemeanor drug offenses, he pleaded not guilty at the trial (October 15, 2004 to June 9, 2005), then later reversed the plea to guilty.

Culkin lives in New York and lives out of the spotlight. Many have attributed Culkin’s gaunt figure to drug use, but the actor certainly hasn’t discussed the public speculation.

Illinois has been battling a surging heroin problem.

And a story today reveals how a family found out about a heroin addiction too late, and how the addict hid the drug use from his loved ones.

He was a marijuana smoker before he began using heroin. His heroin use increased when he was expelled from school because of his pot smoking.

He was 17 years old.

This is a good story for parents to read and understand how a drug habit can explode into addiction that fast.

Click HERE for the Kane County Chronicle’s story on how the Foley family was blindsided by their son Chris’ heroin addiction.

Teensavers reminds parents that there is a weapon they can use to detect this experimentation before it becomes an addiction.

Teensavers has a 5 panel home drug test, made specifically for families, that detects marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, opiates, and oxycontin.

A 7 panel catches those 5 drugs plus benzodiazepines and ecstasy.

A 12 panel catches those 7 drugs plus methadone, PCP, barbiturates, amphetamines, and tricyclic antidepressants.

All can help detect recreational use before it evolves into a full blown addiction.

When it comes to the health of your children, your family wants a home drug test kit you can trust.

After all, our kids mean everything to us.

The Teensavers is not only 99% accurate, but it is one of only four home drug test kits approved by the FDA for over-the-counter sales.

Why is this important?

-Ease of Use: The FDA only approves tests for OTC when those products give parents proper step by step instructions on how to administer the tests properly. Cheap tests found online or in dollar stores are messy and can be confusing to use, and confusing to read.

-Zero Tolerance Cutoff Levels: Cheap tests have drug levels that vary widely. Testing for drugs is difficult when the detection levels are so high, you’d have to be practically overdosing to register. For example, THC levels set by the government for testing are at 2,000 nanograms. Manufacturers are allowed a +/- 50% range, which means you could be testing your child for THC and the test you use is actually set at 3,000 nanograms. The Teensavers cutoff levels are the most strict. The cutoff level for THC in the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is 50 nanograms.

Accuracy: In addition to having very tolerant cutoff levels, imported home drug test kits can often give you a wide range of cutoff levels. Within the same batch, you might find THC levels ranging from cup to cup from 1,000 to 3,000. Each Teensavers Home Drug Test kit is 50 nanograms. There is no spectrum of tests. It’s correct science and the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is Made in America!

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-The Next Step Towards Finding a Solution: Cheap tests don’t provide you with the next step if your son or daughter’s drug test shows a presumptive positive. The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit includes a free lab confirmation kit. You know which opiates your teen test positive for. You know how high the nanogram count is for each specific drug. And it will help you understand the next step for your child.

Beware of products that you find for cheap on eBay from sellers who can’t answer your questions. Watch out for online sites with a large inventory of different tests and products. You often find the same products selling cheap drug tests, also sell masking agents for people to hide their drug use. Don’t dive in for the cheap test at your neighborhood discount chain or dollar store. Those products are often close to expiration and typically cheap imported products.

Buying and using a home drug test kit can be a difficult decision for your family.

No family wants to see a preliminary positive result, but if they do get one, they know they have a chance of correcting the problem before it is too late. This is key!

What good is getting a false negative? You don’t want to think that your teen is drug-free when they are using semi-regularly. That’s the important of buying a reliable and accurate product like the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.

Here are the cutoff levels and codes for drugs tested in a Teensavers 12-panel Home Drug Test Kit.

Marijuana (THC) 50 ng/mL

Cocaine (COC) 300 ng/mL

Amphetamine (AMP) 1000 ng/mL

Methamphetamine (MET) 1000 ng/mL

Opiates (OPI) 2000m ng/mL

PCP (PCP) 25 ng/mL

Barbiturates (BAR) 300 ng/mL

Benzodiazepines (BZO) 300 ng/mL

Methadone (MTD) 300ng/mL

Oxycodone (OXY) 100 ng/mL

Ecstasy (MDMA) 500 ng/mL

Tricyclic Antidepressants 1000 ng/mL

Oxycontin has been a widely abused drug for years, and while it helped millions deal with legitimate pain, many were abusing it.

It made headlines when Rush Limbaugh was found to have taken a liking to it.

Trying to take a new step towards safety, the manufacturers of the pill, Purdue Pharma, took steps to decrease the ability to abuse the drug.

Once able to be crushed into a liquid and injected, the compounds were made to turn gelatinous when crushed and placed into water.

Now, according to new research in the New England Journal of Medicine, more opiate addicts are skipping the oxycontin and seeking out heroin.

Researcher Theodore Cicero and his colleagues surveyed more than 2,500 painkiller addicts about their drug habits and found that there’s a shift in drug abuse.

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OxyContin’s status as the primary drug of choice among opiate users decreased from 35.6% of respondents before the introduction of the new formula to 12.8% nearly two years later.

But with that solution on the oxycontin abuse, came another problem. Thousands of users turning to heroin.

66% of the abusers surveyed said that they just switched to another opiate.

When once upon a time you had people abusing oxycontin, they weren’t dying from the abuse. But heroin use is one of the leading causes of overdoses.

Purdue Pharma, in a statement to the Chicago Tribune, says the trend found by Cicero and his colleagues is consistent with studies conducted by the company, and suggests that to curb painkiller abuse, other companies should follow its example.

“It is unreasonable to expect the reformulation of one medication by one pharmaceutical company would reduce overall opioid abuse,” the company said in a statement.

The creators of the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits have been warning parents for quite some time, that there’s a simple three step process from you being loose about pills at home, to your teen becoming a heroin addict.

Step 1: You leave unattended pills at the home.

Step 2: You son or daughter polish them off, creating an opiate addiction.

Step 3: Pills are too expensive and too hard to find, so your loved one moves onto heroin, a much cheaper and purer high.

Think that it’s too outrageous to happen to your loved one? Talk to the parent of a heroin addict. It all starts the same way. Very few people decide one day, I’m going to try heroin. Heroin is a need that typically derives from an opiate addiction.

MSNBC is bringing attention to a problem that treatment specialists, counselors, and regular American families have been coping with for years.

Click here for MSNBC’s story.

Quick reference for parents on the 5 popular prescription drugs that teens are abusing.

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The problem: Teens popping more pills than past generations. Pain relievers are currently the most abused type of prescription drugs by 12-17-year-olds,
followed by stimulants, tranquilizers and sedatives. (NSDUH, 2006) Pill parties are becoming more prevalent in communities, and teens are raiding the family medicine cabinet to score their stash. When the supply runs dry, kids turn to heroin.

The pills:

Vicodin: Vicodin contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. Vicodin is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Past-year use of Vicodin is high among 8th, 10th and 12th graders, with nearly one in 10 high school seniors using it in the past year. (MTF, 2006)

Oxycodone:

Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine. Oxycodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended-release form of this medication is for around-the-clock treatment of pain. Oxycodone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Teens typically break up the pills to eliminate the time-release effects.

In 2006, past-year abuse of OxyContin among 8th graders exactly doubled—increasing 100 percent over the last four years (from 1.3% in 2002 to 2.6% in 2006). In 10th graders, past-year abuse of OxyContin increased by 26 percent (from 3.0% in 2002, to 3.8% in 2006). (MTF, 2006)

Alprazolam:

Alprazolam belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It works by slowing down the movement of chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. This results in a reduction in nervous tension (anxiety). Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. This is Xanax.

Alprazolam overdosing can result in symptoms like confusion, coma, impaired coordination, sleepiness and impaired reaction time. Especially when combined with alcohol, Alprazolam can be fatal. Alprazolam may encourage suicidal thoughts.

Lorazapam:

Lorazepam is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Lorazepam is used to treat anxiety disorders.

However, used chronically, benzodiazepines can be addicting. These agents are often taken in combination with other drugs of abuse by patients with addiction disorders.

Percocet:

Percocet contains a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. Oxycodone is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of oxycodone. Percocet is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Percocet is physically and emotionally addictive. Percocet acts as a block to pain receptors in the brain, which results in a feeling of euphoria. Over time, a patient will build up a tolerance to the medication. Addiction occurs from patients attempting and failing to recreate that feeling. When the prescribed amount no longer produces the desired feeling, patients begin ingesting larger quantities of the medications.

The Solution:

12-panel Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit:

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit detects Opiates, Oxycodone, benzodiazepines, methadone, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamine, ecstasy, PCP, barbiturates, and tricyclic-antidepressants.

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Choosing which test is right for your family may depend on what your concerns may be. If you have a teen smoking marijuana at home, the 1-panel may be the right option for your family. If you are concerned about pill or designer drug use, you may want to choose a more comprehensive test like a 7-panel or 12-panel test.

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