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The phrase “getting stupid,” used to refer teens getting high, may be more of a reality than those adolescent smokers think.

A joint study between a London University and Duke University found that teens who smoked pot in their adolescence, had lower IQ scores as adults.


They were also significantly more likely to have attention and memory problems in later life, than their peers who abstained.

The study focused on data from over 1,000 people in New Zealand, who have been followed through their lives since being born in 1972 or 1973.

Participants were asked about cannabis usage when they were 18, 21, 26, 32 and 38. Their IQ was tested at 13 and 38. In addition, each nominated a close friend or family member, who was asked about attention and memory problems.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found persistent users, those who had smoked 4 times a week or more, had dropped 8 IQ points over the 25 years from 13 to age 38.

With the recent studies of marijuana as a possible gateway drug, this study may be another strong indicator why parents need to reinforce the message that marijuana is bad for children.

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.

Many times Teensavers is approached by parents who claim that children aren’t doing drugs any more than in previous generations.   They also claim that drugs are not prevalent in their community.   Lastly, they also claim that their child would never do drugs.

A new survey out from the Partnership at Drug Free.org shines a spotlight on the rise in teen marijuana smoking and the dangerous levels of prescription drug abuse.


New, survey results released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation found that past-month marijuana use has increased significantly among U.S. high school students since 2008.

The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, found that 9 percent of teens (nearly 1.5 million) smoked marijuana heavily (at least 20 times) in the past month. Overall, past-month heavy marijuana use is up 80 percent among U.S. teens since 2008.

Concerning Trends in Teen Marijuana Use According to the New PATS Data (2008-2011)

Past-month use is up 42 percent (up from 19 percent in 2008 to 27 percent in 2011, which translates to about 4 million teens).

Past-year use is up 26 percent (up from 31 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2011, which translates to about 6 million teens).

Lifetime use is up 21 percent (up from 39 percent in 2008 to 47 percent in 2011, which translates to nearly 8 million teens).

This marks an upward trend in teen marijuana use over the past three years. The last time marijuana use was this widespread among teens was in 1998 when past month use of marijuana was at 27 percent.

“These findings are deeply disturbing as the increases we’re seeing in heavy, regular marijuana use among high school students can spell real trouble for these teens later on,” said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. “Heavy use of marijuana – particularly beginning in adolescence – brings the risk of serious problems and our data show it is linked to involvement with alcohol and other drugs as well. Kids who begin using drugs or alcohol as teenagers are more likely to struggle with substance use disorders when compared to those who start using after the teenage years.”

Teen Marijuana Use Has Become a Normalized Behavior

Teens now report seeing more of their peers smoking marijuana and only 26 percent agree with the statement, “in my school, most teens don’t smoke marijuana” (down from 37 percent in 2008). Also, 71 percent of teens say they have friends who use marijuana regularly (up from 64 percent in 2008).

Teen past-month “heavy” marijuana users are significantly more likely than teens who have not used marijuana in the past year to:

use cocaine/crack (30 times more likely)

use Ecstasy (20 times more likely)

abuse prescription pain relievers (15 times more likely)

abuse over-the-counter medicines (14 times more likely)

Social disapproval of marijuana among teens remained the same, with 61 percent of teens saying they disapprove of their peers using marijuana. (About 41 percent say they ‘strongly disapprove’). The PATS data also found an erosion of anti-marijuana attitudes among teens, with only about half of teens (51 percent) saying they see “great risk” in using marijuana, down significantly from 61 percent in 2005.

“We have also seen a considerable decline over the past five years in the proportion of teens seeing great risk associated with marijuana use,” says Professor Lloyd Johnston, the principal investigator of the nationwide Monitoring the Future study conducted at the University of Michigan. “We believe that this decline in perceived risk has played an important role in the increases in teen use of marijuana, as it has done in the past. The fact that perceived risk is still falling portends a further increase in use.”

As teen drug use takes a turn for the worse, a heavier burden is placed on the shoulders of parents to play a more active role in protecting their kids from the health risks posed by drug and alcohol abuse. The removal of critical pieces of our national prevention infrastructure across the country – The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, which was highly focused on educating youth about the dangers of teen marijuana use, and the elimination of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program – left a gaping hole where drug and alcohol education resources should be.

“The latest findings showing an increase in marijuana use among teens is unsettling and should serve as a wake-up call to everyone in a position to prevent unhealthy behavior,” said Dennis White, President and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “While it may be difficult to clearly understand just how dangerous marijuana use can be for teens, it is imperative that we all pay attention to the warning signs and intervene anyway we can. Early intervention is critical to helping prevent teens from drug abuse and addiction.”

Teen Rx Medicine Abuse Remains High, but Relatively Unchanged, Parents Not Safeguarding Medicines at Home and Misusing Rx Medications Themselves

While the new PATS data did not show similar increases in teen abuse of medicines, prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse remain at unacceptably high levels, which lead to considerable damage to young lives. The study showed teen lifetime abuse of medicines is holding steady at 17 percent for Rx drugs and 12 percent for OTC cough and cold medicines. Among teens, past year abuse of the prescription pain relievers Vicodin and OxyContin, for example, has plateaued at about 10 percent.

However, it’s important to note that parental action does not appear to be contributing to the relative flattening of teen abuse of medications, as fewer parents report safeguarding Rx medications at home. The number of parents who agree with the statement “anyone can access prescription medicines in the medicine cabinet” is up from 50 percent in 2010 to 64 percent in 2011, meaning the medications are more readily available to anyone in their homes. Fewer parents also report communicating the risks of getting high, or any other reason for abuse, from prescription medicines with their children; down from 82 percent who said they communicated the risks of Rx drug abuse to their kids in 2009 to 69 percent in 2011. The number of parents who say they “keep alcohol locked in a cabinet at home” is also down from 32 percent in 2009 to 25 percent in 2011.

PATS also found that an increased number of parents report misusing or abusing prescription medications themselves. More than one in ten parents (15 percent) say they’ve used an Rx medication not prescribed for them at least once in the past year, a 25 percent increase from 2010 to 2011.

Teen Boys and Hispanic Teens Leading Marijuana Increases, Fewer Teen Girls Abusing Rx Medicines

The PATS survey confirms that teen boys are leading the overall increases in marijuana use. Past year use among teen boys is up 24 percent (from 34 percent in 2008 to 42 percent in 2011) and past month use among teen boys is up 38 percent (from 21 percent in 2008 to 29 percent in 2011). Additionally, boys’ heavy use – smoking marijuana at least 20 times a month – is higher than that of their female counterparts (11 percent for teen boys vs. 6 percent for teen girls) and boys’ heavy marijuana use is up an alarming 57 percent, from 7 percent in 2008 to 11 percent in 2011.

According to the new data, half of Hispanic teens (50 percent) report that they have used marijuana in the past year (versus 40 percent for African Americans and 35 percent for Caucasians). This means Hispanic teens are nearly twice as likely (43 percent) as Caucasian teens to have smoked marijuana in the past year (50 percent vs. 35 percent) and 25 percent more likely than African-American teens.

The study also found that fewer teen girls are abusing Rx medications. Teen girls’ abuse of a prescription drug “to get high or alter your mood” is down 30 percent since 2010 (from 23 percent in 2010 to 16 percent in 2011) and is down a total of 24 percent since 2009 (21 percent in 2009). Rx drug abuse among teen boys has remained relatively flat over the same time period.

Teens are starting to view medicine abuse as less socially acceptable and the percentage of teens who “strongly disapprove” of peers using prescription drugs to get high has gone up significantly – from 52 percent in 2010 to 58 percent in 2011. Fewer also say it’s “very” or “fairly” easy for teens to get prescription pain relievers, down 25 percent from 57 percent in 2008 to 43 percent in 2011.

“These data set the scene for a ‘perfect storm’ that will threaten the health of a generation of American teens,” said Pasierb. “Science has shown that adolescent brains are still developing and are more easily harmed by drug and alcohol use than fully developed adult brains. Dramatic increases in teen marijuana use, coupled with entrenched behavior of abuse of Rx and OTC drugs, puts teens at greater risk for substance use disorders, academic decline and other problems. With government budgets slashing the national prevention infrastructure and many prevention programs already eliminated, parents must step up to fill those voids, to protect their children’s health and futures.”

Mixed Results on Teen Abuse of Cigarettes, Inhalants, Alcohol, Meth, Cocaine/Crack, Ecstasy

Smoking rates have declined with 22 percent of teens reporting smoking cigarettes in the past month – this is down 19 percent from 27 percent last year.

Past-year inhalant abuse dropped from 10 percent in 2010 to 7 percent in 2011, yet only 64 percent of teens strongly agree that “sniffing or huffing things to get high can kill you,” significantly less than the 70 percent of teens who said the same in 2008 .

Past-year alcohol use is holding steady at 56 percent and past month is at 38 percent (since 2008).

Past-year methamphetamine use is holding at 4 percent (since 2008).

Past-year cocaine/crack use remains at 7 percent (since 2008).

Past-year use of Ecstasy is up 50 percent since 2008 (from 6 percent in 2008 to 9 percent in 2011).

New Resource for Parents to Help Prevent Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Use in Their Families

The Partnership at Drugfree.org, in collaboration with the Philadelphia-based Treatment Research Institute (TRI), has released a new tool to help parents and caregivers possibly prevent adolescent drug and alcohol problems. The “Six Components of Effective Parenting,” based on scientific research, is the product of the new Parents Translational Research Center – a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded center involving The Partnership at Drugfree.org and TRI. The resource is comprised of “how-to” parenting tips organized around six principles specifically designed for parents, guardians and other caregivers who can play an active role in helping prevent substance abuse in their families.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org Announces New “Wake Up to Medicine Abuse” Initiative

The Partnership at Drugfree.org is launching a first-of-its-kind, week-long public education and mobilization campaign, “Wake Up to Medicine Abuse,” this fall. This initiative will bring the public and private sectors together in a national education effort and call to action to curb the abuse of medicine, one of the biggest drug problems in the United States today. “Wake Up to Medicine Abuse Week” will take place September 23-29, 2012, and will both encourage and help parents and the public-at-large to take action: first, by talking with the kids in their lives about the dangers of abusing Rx and OTC medicines, and second, by safeguarding and properly disposing of unused medications.

PATS Methodology

The 23rd annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) of 3,322 teens in grades 9-12 and 821 parents is nationally projectable with a +/- 3.0 percent margin of error for the teen sample and +/- 3.4 percent for the parent sample. Conducted for The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, the 2011 PATS teen survey was administered in private, public and parochial schools, while the parent survey was conducted through in-home interviews by deKadt Marketing and Research, Inc.

About The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Ninety percent of addictions start in the teenage years. The Partnership at Drugfree.org is dedicated to solving the problem of teen substance abuse. Together with experts in science, parenting and communications, the nonprofit translates research on teen behavior, addiction and treatment into useful and effective resources for both individuals and communities. Working toward a vision where all young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse, The Partnership at Drugfree.org works with parents and other influencers to help them prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults. The organization depends on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and the public sector and is thankful to SAG/AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity.

About MetLife Foundation

MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife’s longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Our commitment to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide is reflected in our dedication to empowering older adults, preparing young people and building livable communities. Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $530 million in grants to nonprofit organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. For more information visit www.metlife.org

Kids don’t hesitate to carry drugs with them.


The latest case of a good teenager making a bad decision is in Gatesville, Texas.

Erica Lyn Nipps was confronted by a school official at Gatesville High School and the adult recovered a bag of marijuana and some prescription drugs.

Nipps, seen in this booking photo from Gatesville police, was detained and arrested by police.

It appears that other students turned Nipps in. There’s no word if the prescriptions were registered to her, or if any other students were arrested in connection with this case.

This serves as a reminder that the best kids can sometimes make poor decisions. Help your child say no by using the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit. They will be empowered to say “no. I can’t do drugs. My parents test me.”

Thousands of kids smoked pot for the first time yesterday.

But don’t that let that experimentation on 4/20 become a 24/7 event.

Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is your weapon to make sure your teen is clean!

Click on the box to get your home drug test!

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.

Empower them with the help of a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.

Friday morning you can ask your teen if they have heard of 420 day. 420 is April 20th. It’s infamous for massive amounts of marijuana smoking, is celebrated by pot smokers of all ages.

Greet your teen that morning with a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit, and remind them that you will test them if they think of using. Click on the box to get your kit today!




Once upon a time, St. Patrick’s day used to be a fun little holiday that consisted of children finding leprechaun dust and using green frosting to decorate shamrock cookies.


Perhaps your little wee’un wore a green cocked hat, and perhaps paraded around in red beard to celebrate a holiday that most people have no idea of its origins.

Truth be told, this author is a little fuzzy on the origins of the day, and a quick check of the wikipedia reminds me:

Saint Patrick’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig (The Festival of Patrick); Ulster-Scots: Saunt Petherick’s Day)[2] is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. The tradition came about at the instigation of the Irish Protestant organisation The Knights of St. Patrick. The inaugural parade took place on 17 March 1783.

Well especially in America, if there are any religious connections remaining with this holiday, they are paid in tribute to the patron saint of alcohol.

On the one day where everyone can celebrate being Irish (many call this, and Cinco de Mayo, amateur hours), liquor stores and supermarkets publicize, market, and pander to the partying consumer.

Chances are most people have seen the Guinness clock display that either shows up in bars or stores that sell alcohol reminding drinkers how many minutes are left until St. Patty’s day. Kids see these cool countdown devices when they are visiting their local grocery store. They too know the hour is near.

But there’s a whole other St Patrick’s Day passion. Teen marijuana smokers won’t be green with envy on this holiday. They will stock up and store their supply to celebrate this storied holiday. Regardless of whether it is Sativa or Indica, for teen pot smokers it’s time to celebrate 420 on 3/17.

So when parents look at their teens and think about how the novelty of the holiday has long passed by, they should remind themselves that they need to give their children much more than a little pinch because their teens aren’t wearing green clothing.

This is a great time for parents to ask their children questions like “what are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day” or “how are you spending this day?” Since the holiday falls on Saturday, you may have more teen revelers than normal. It could be a good time to remind your kid that green beer (another marketing ploy to sell beer) is not only uncool, but it’s also illegal for teens. And parents should remind their kids that the other green, marijuana is illegal, and not tolerated in your family.

You could also remind them to say “no” if they are asked if they would like a “greenie.” That’s the street term for amphetamines. There’s no holiday excuse for your kids to be popping pills on St. Patty’s Day.

You biggest line of defense Sunday morning, could be a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit. It’s the one green thing that could give parents peace of mind. When you see the green box, you know you have the best product for your family.   Don’t rely on the luck of the Irish to keep your kids drug free.

The candy won’t get your child high, but it may give them the idea to try pot.

Candy shaped like marijuana is popping up in stores across America.  Already upset combating marijuana edibles, city leaders in Buffalo, NY are outraged by this new marijuana-free candy.   “We’re already dealing with a high amount of drug abuse and drug activity and trying to raise children so they don’t think using illegal substances is acceptable,” said City Councilmember Darius Pridgen. “So to have a licensed store sell candy to kids that depicts an illegal substance is just ignorant and irresponsible.”

Photos of the candy can be seen by clicking HERE

The owner of the company that makes the candy says the items are popular and he’s had no complaints.

Trick-or-treaters are mainly elementary school kids who shouldn’t even know about marijuana.   But some kids as young as 8-years-old have experimented with pot.    And parents should know, while this candy has no THC or marijuana like chemicals in it, there are candy bars that do contain marijuana.

Kids often use the marijuana laced candy bars as an alternative to smoking.   They can flaunt eating the candy right in front of their parents because it’s a chocolate bar, that doesn’t appear to be marijuana related all.

A vigilant parent can help uncover adolescent drug use.     Teensavers reminds parents to interact closely with their children.