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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!


-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

If you don’t live in New York, it’s quite possible that you’ve never heard of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.


But Schneiderman has become the biggest force against prescription drug abuse in 2012. He issued a 42-page report that documents the year-to-year increase in the number of hydrocodone and oxycodone prescriptions being written in New York State, as well as prescription drug-related addiction and death.

Among the highlights of the report cited by Buffalonews.com:

• There were enough prescription painkillers prescribed in the United States in 2010 to medicate every American adult round-the-clock for a month. In New York State, the number of prescriptions for all narcotic painkillers increased from 16.6 million in 2007 to 22.4 million in 2010.

• The number of prescriptions issued in the state for hydrocodone increased by 16.7 percent from 2007 to 2010. The number of oxycodone prescriptions during that period increased by 82 percent. Both drugs are opioid painkillers, with oxycodone being much stronger than hydrocodone.

• Hospital admissions on Long Island for prescription drug addiction increased by 57 percent in Nassau County and by 40 percent in Suffolk County from 2007 to 2010.

• In Buffalo area hospitals, more people are being admitted for prescription narcotics abuse than for cocaine or heroin.

• In New York City, the special narcotics prosecutor’s caseload involving prescription drug cases increased from 6% in 2007, to 15 percent in 2010. That office also reported that the black market prescription drug trade is becoming increasingly violent.

This is the shift seen across America.

There are several myths when it comes to teens and drugs.


Myth #1: NOT MY KID!

You don’t have to be in the treatment and recovery field to have heard this phrase uttered a few dozen times by parents.    It’s pretty common knowledge that parents simply do not believe that their child could ever do drugs.     Truth is, nobody’s child is 100% safe.    It takes not only strong values from the child, but it also takes repeated reinforcement from parents.


We all have some sort of visual of what a junkie looks like.   And despite never wanting to see any of our children in that state, we pretty much have a picture of what a ragged junked-out version of our kids would resemble.    Of course if your once healthy teen now appears thin, pale, and weak, a parent might speculate that there is something more than diet that is the issue.    But drug detection is mostly invisible to the naked eye.  Sure, there are some signs to look for.   But a parent is typically not a treatment professional.   And the occasional user may not reveal any long-term signs of abuse.    Typically, a parent will only notice drug use, when it has become habitual, or abusive.    They have a much better chance of finding their child’s stash of substances, than detecting that their child may be abusing something.


Not exactly.   There is no poster child for drug abuse.   Teen drug use is not confined to kids from a certain ethnicity, community, or social upbringing.   There are no social barriers for teen drug use.   They are not always the outcasts at school, suffering from bad grades, and completely unsocial.    We are seeing straight A students, star athletes, social butterflies on campus all falling victim to drug abuse.     Drug abuse is not a problem solely with the lower classes.   And it isn’t a problem solely in high society circles.   Kids abuse drugs for many reason.  They could be enjoying drugs recreationaly, or taking them to cope with stress.   They key isn’t why they are using, it is how to stop them from using.

You can tell when you read online stories from major TV and newspaper media outlets just how disillusioned society is about teen drug use.

Many people will make ignorant comments, not knowing anything about these victims.   That’s exactly what they are, victims.

The latest victim was Glen Berlin Parrish.   He’s the 18-year-old who was found dead at UCLA on Sunday morning.   Parents and the boy’s family speculate that the teen may have mixed alcohol with prescription drugs.   An autopsy will help determine the toxicology results.

The father, Glen Parrish, told the Contra Costa Times that “there were a lot of drugs taken and a lot of drinking” at the party attended by his son.

Heartbreaking words from the elder Parrish, as he told the Times, “he was an amazing child with a huge bright future – 3.9 grade point average. And he’s gone.”

While police investigate what exactly happened at the party, what the boy took, and how he got his hands on potentially lethal narcotics, the family is left planning a funeral for a kid who had just gotten a job, was a stellar student, and a former football player.

There’s no such thing as a good child or a bad child.   There isn’t one “I gotta keep my eye on.”  Parents often single out the one child in the family who may consider doing drugs.    Instead parents should focus on drug testing all of their children, to make sure this doesn’t happen to any of their loved ones.

This isn’t just some event to make a government agency look good.   The DEA and law enforcement agencies across America are teaming up with volunteers to collect unused and expires prescription drugs.    These neglected pills can often fall in the wrong hands, when thrown away in the trash, or just left sitting in an unlocked medicine cabinet.

This event is about saving lives.   Numerous children first experience drugs by sneaking a pill from the family medicine chest.   If you have unwanted medications in your home, please dispose of them at a center near you.    You can visit the DEA’s website to find a location in your neighborhood.

The Teensavers Team hopes that everyone will participate in this event.    Proper disposal is key.   Flushing pills down the toilet or sink contaminates the water supply.    Throwing pills in the trash, leaves them for a junky who will raid the garbage curbside or in the dump.

If you want to know if your child has been taking prescription medications without your knowledge, we have a compete line of Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits available on the drugstore.com.     You can click HERE for a link to the store.

Imagine selling one million pills for $25-$27 each.  That’s exactly what a group of people are accused of doing in California.

An operation that authorities say included medicare fraud and identity theft. Pills are big business. Oxycontin is a hot commodity. The DEA swooped in and arrested 10 people after a lengthy operation revealed the $25 million dollar scheme.

You can read more details about the big bust from the good folks at californiawatch.org by clicking HERE.

Kids are among those buying the pills for a recreational high. Remember to lock up your medications you are using, and dispose of medications you are no longer taking.

From the Taunton Gazette

A vast majority of Massachusetts parents don’t realize that some prescription drugs contain ingredients similar to heroin, and some have even given their children prescription pain medication without a doctor’s consent, a new study shows.

Results of the Internet survey – conducted by the nonprofit organization, Partnership at Drugfree.org, and released today by state officials – underscore a lack of understanding by some parents of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Among the 305 Massachusetts parents surveyed, 67 percent say they are concerned their children will try drugs. But only 2 percent say they are concerned about prescription drugs, a figure that lags far behind that of alcohol (33 percent), marijuana (11 percent) and and cocaine or crack (6 percent).

Furthermore, only 30 percent say they realized that the main ingredient in many prescription drugs, including Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin, is similar to heroin and morphine.

State Sen. John Keenan, D-Quincy, and Rep. Liz Malia, D-Jamaica Plain – co-chairs of the state’s Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse – were to announce the survey results at a press conference this morning at the State House.

Other findings include:

Fifty-six percent of parents say their children have access to their prescription pain medications, with the most common place to store them being the kitchen.

Forty-five percent of parents said they have taken pain medications without a prescription, and 14 percent say they have given their children pain medication without a prescription.

Ninety-seven percent say they have discussed the dangers of alcohol and street drugs with their children, but only 76 percent have specifically discussed prescription pain killers.

The results show a disparity between parents’ knowledge and other data describing prescription drug abuse as one of the region’s fastest growing problems.

According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2010 National Drug Threat Assessment, New England in recent years reported the highest levels of prescription drug abuse contributing to violent and property crimes.

It kills more people state-wide than car crashes, according to the state substance abuse committee, and the opiate drug epidemic has claimed thousands of lives in the state, including more than 3,200 over a recent four-year period.

The Enterprise has chronicled the region’s epidemic of prescription-drug and heroin addictions in two series entitled “Wasted Youth” and “Deadly Surge.”

Last month, officials announced a recovery high school will open in Brockton this December, giving the state its fourth school geared toward students recovering from a drug addiction and in a region officials say has long needed it.

Too many parents sit back and wonder if their child is using drugs.   At first they have a suspicion.   It could be a change in behavior, new friends, or slipping in grades.    After that, parents often play the waiting game.   They debate whether or not they should confront their child.   It may be a long time down the road before they drug test their child.

Do not wait!

Marijuana is everywhere.   Prescription drugs are everywhere.   Heroin is everywhere.  Drugs are available to your child within the community, at school, or through friends.

The best tool to fight against home drug testing is the Teensavers Home Drug Test.    It is affordable, lab-accurate, and simple to use.    You can give it to your child in the privacy of your own home and nobody needs to know but your inner circle.

Just having one at home let’s your child know that you could test at any time.    That one piece of information may be enough to convince your child to say “no” when offered drugs.


Parents are naive.

Ask most addiction and treatment
specialists and they will tell you that one of the more well-used
phrases from parents of adolescents is, “It’s not child.”


CS Mott Children’s Hospital poll, released today, indicates that the
thinking still exists in a society of surging teen prescription drug
use, and stories of kids getting high or dying from synthetic marijuana
and synthetic ecstasy.

According to the study, which polled
parents of children ages 13-17, only 1/3 of the parents believe drugs
are problem for children, and 1/5 believe alcohol is a problem in the

When it comes to whether or not THEIR kids is using,
10% of parents believe that their child has used alcohol in the last
year.   5% believe their child used marijuana in the same time period.

most recent usage information from the Monitoring the Future study
shows that those numbers are much higher.   52% of children say they
have used alcohol in the last year, and 28% have used marijuana.

parents are behind the times.   Alcohol and marijuana are everywhere.
Kids have it, sell it, and use it frequently.   They know this because
when asked how many kids use it.   They reported that 40% of OTHER kids
use marijuana and 60% or more of OTHER kids used alcohol.

believe that more kids are using than actually are, but in that inflated
number, they still can’t fathom that their child is among those users.

Parents need to wake up and realize that alcohol and drugs are a big part of the high school and even middle school cultures.




Oxycontin is powerful.   It’s a very strong narcotic when used legitimately and it is very glamorous to substance abusers.


Fox News recently ran a story on the celebrity obsession with Oxycontin.   You can read about it by clicking HERE.

And  while many would think that this is obsession is just a popular crazy
for Hollywood’s rich and famous, it is not.    Teens are using and
becoming hooked on Oxycontin and other opiates at alarming rates.   They
scrape together money to buy these pills.   They might also borrow, and
ultimately steal their way to another Oxy.   And when they can’t afford
to pay the $25-$40 price per pill, they turn to heroin.

Heroin is
also a strong substance, but is much cheaper than Oxy and more readily
available.    Soon, those kids who were hooked on Oxycontin, are now
hooked on heroin.

It doesn’t take much for a teen to get
hooked on these medications.  They are not scared to try these pills.
And once they like this high, they come back for more.

drug testing is a good way to keep your teen away from drugs.   Just
having a Teensavers home drug test around the house can help influence
your teen to say, “No. I can’t try that.  My parents drug test me.”
And using home drug tests can help ensure that they aren’t sneaking
medications into their system.    It is often difficult to detect when a
teen is using a pill.   Unlike marijuana or alcohol, there is no

Hollywood’s obsession with fashion certainly transcends
to the public.   They want to wear what Jennifer Aniston, Kim
Kardashian, or Justin Bieber are wearing.    Likewise, the public might
want to experience what Courtney Love, Heath Ledger, or Michael Jackson
once used.

Make sure your loved ones are drug free.   Consider using Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits.




If you know someone who needs help with an addiction, the Teensavers team can help.  CLICK HERE.


(AP) — Addiction isn’t just about willpower. It’s a chronic brain
disease, says a new definition aimed at helping families and their
doctors better understand the challenges of treating it.

is about a lot more than people behaving badly,” says Dr. Michael M.
Miller of the American Society for Addiction Medicine.

That’s true
whether it involves drugs and alcohol or gambling and compulsive
eating, the doctors group said Monday. And like other chronic conditions
such as heart disease or diabetes, treating addiction and preventing
relapse is a long-term endeavor, the specialists concluded.

generally is described by its behavioral symptoms — the highs, the
cravings, and the things people will do to achieve one and avoid the
other. The new definition doesn’t disagree with the standard guide for
diagnosis based on those symptoms.

But two decades of neuroscience
have uncovered how addiction hijacks different parts of the brain, to
explain what prompts those behaviors and why they can be so hard to
overcome. The society’s policy statement, published on its Web site,
isn’t a new direction as much as part of an effort to translate those
findings to primary care doctors and the general public.

behavioral problem is a result of brain dysfunction,” agrees Dr. Nora
Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

welcomed the statement as a way to help her own agency’s work to spur
more primary care physicians to screen their patients for signs of
addiction. NIDA estimates that 23 million Americans need treatment for
substance abuse but only about 2 million get that help. Trying to add
compassion to the brain findings, NIDA even has made readings from
Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night” a part of meetings
where primary care doctors learn about addiction.

Then there’s the
frustration of relapses, which doctors and families alike need to know
are common for a chronic disease, Volkow says.

“You have family
members that say, ‘OK, you’ve been to a detox program, how come you’re
taking drugs?'” she says. “The pathology in the brain persists for years
after you’ve stopped taking the drug.”

Just what does happen in the brain? It’s a complex interplay of emotional, cognitive and behavioral networks.

plays a role, meaning some people are more vulnerable to an addiction
if they, say, experiment with drugs as a teenager or wind up on potent
prescription painkillers after an injury.

Age does, too. The
frontal cortex helps put the brakes on unhealthy behaviors, Volkow
explains. It’s where the brain’s reasoning side connects to
emotion-related areas. It’s among the last neural regions to mature, one
reason that it’s harder for a teenager to withstand peer pressure to
experiment with drugs.

Even if you’re not biologically vulnerable
to begin with, perhaps you try alcohol or drugs to cope with a stressful
or painful environment, Volkow says. Whatever the reason, the brain’s
reward system can change as a chemical named dopamine conditions it to
rituals and routines that are linked to getting something you’ve found
pleasurable, whether it’s a pack of cigarettes or a few drinks or even
overeating. When someone’s truly addicted, that warped system keeps them
going back even after the brain gets so used to the high that it’s no
longer pleasurable.

Make no mistake: Patients still must choose to
fight back and treat an addiction, stresses Miller, medical director of
the Herrington Recovery Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital in
Oconomowoc, Wis.

But understanding some of the brain reactions at
the root of the problem will “hopefully reduce some of the shame about
some of these issues, hopefully reduce stigma,” he says.

And while
most of the neuroscience centers on drug and alcohol addiction, the
society notes that it’s possible to become addicted to gambling, sex or
food although there’s no good data on how often that happens. It’s time
for better study to find out, Miller says.

Meanwhile, Volkow says
intriguing research is under way to use those brain findings to develop
better treatments — not just to temporarily block an addict’s high but
to strengthen the underlying brain circuitry to fend off relapse.

Miller’s wish list: Learning why some people find recovery easier and
faster than others, and “what does brain healing look like.”

EDITOR’S NOTE — Lauran Neergaard covers health and medical issues for The Associated Press.