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Tis the season to be shopping.

Walgreens.com is offering the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit at a discounted price, and now may be the best time to pick up a drug test for your teen.

Buying a drug test doesn’t mean that you ever have to use it.

But having one on hand may be a determining factor if your teen ever tries drugs. Having a Teensavers Kit at home arms parents with knowledge and kids with an excuse.

Parents empower their teens to say “I can’t try drugs. My parents drug test me.”

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Click on the photo to get to the Walgreens.com shopping page.

We recommend a 7-panel for families as it is the best arrangement of drug screens based on treatment trends.

The 7-panel incorporates the best combination of illicit drugs and prescription drugs being abused by teens.

Whether their habit is just pot, or has ballooned into harder drugs like cocaine, meth, or ecstasy, or they are abusing prescription drugs thinking they are “legal medicines,” you are covered.

The nation is seeing a spike in prescription drug overdoses, and heroin use is exploding because opiate addicts are running out of pills and the money to pay for them.

With marijuana now legal in two states, kids have more access to marijuana.

When it comes to teens and young adult users, marijuana and prescription drugs are the top two commonly abused drugs.

But lurking as another option is methamphetamine.

Don’t guess if your teen or loved one is using drugs. Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits tell you within 3-minutes. Lab accurate, affordable, and confidential. Teensavers is the right solution for your family.

Meth has changed structure and compounds over the years, but it remains popular.

One area where law enforcement officers have made big strides against meth production and distribution is in Philadelphia.

And the website Phillyburbs.com has a great article talking about the origins of meth, and who the current meth users and meth producers are.

You may live far from Philadelphia, but automatically write this article off as something not pertaining to your family or your community.

Education and awareness are key. Parents need to be informed on which drugs are popular, what kids call them, and what signs to look for when someone is using and abusing drugs.

Most people do not know very much about methamphetamine production and use, and the PhillyBurbs article is a good quick study on the drug and the culture of the people who use it.

As the article indicates, Meth is a popular choice for kids these days. It may not be as accessible as marijuana or painkillers, but kids have shown a liking for it.

An informed parent will make better parenting decisions.


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.

If you have not read the in-depth report by Scott Glove and Lisa Girion regarding the prescription drug related death in Southern California, it is well worthwhile.

Adults aren’t the only ones dying from prescription abuse. Teens are dying too.

The investigation attributed a number of deaths related to prescription drug abuse, and a eye-raising portion of those deaths were connected to just a handful of doctors.

Today, an Editorial in the Times focuses on a plan on Sen. Curren Price (D-Los Angeles) that would require the coroner to not only list all prescription drugs found during an autopsy in drug related deaths, but report the doctors’ names.

This would allow the state to focus on doctors who lose multiple patients to prescription related deaths.

You can read that editorial HERE.


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.

Legal prescription pills are killing people in this country regularly.

More people die from legal prescriptions than heroin and cocaine combined.

It’s a trend that isn’t getting any better.

A Los Angeles Times investigation has found that in nearly half of the accidental deaths from prescription drugs in four Southern California counties, the deceased had a doctor’s prescription for at least one drug that caused or contributed to the death.

Reporters identified a total of 3,733 deaths from prescription drugs from 2006 through 2011 in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and San Diego counties.

An examination of coroners’ records found that:

In 1,762 of those cases — 47%— drugs for which the deceased had a prescription were the sole cause or a contributing cause of death.

And it may have to do with where the pills are coming from.

Read more on this fascinating investigation piece by Scott Glover and Lisa Girion, by clicking HERE.


Two high school students ended up in handcuffs after bringing prescription medications to their Charleston, West Virginia School this week.

A 16-year-old junior had 15 capsules of Vyvanse and one empty container of Metaxalone.

A 17-year-old junior possessed one capsule of Vyvanse.

Vyvanse is an amphetamine and is typically used to treat symptoms of ADHD. But it is a drug of abuse and can be addictive.

Metaxalone is a muscle relaxant.

The boys said they got the drugs from family members.

This is a common pattern we are seeing with teenagers who take pills from the family medicine cabinet and abuse them.

These pills would counteract each other as Vyvanse is a stimulant and would make a person who abuse the drugs jumpy and irritable.

Overdose symptoms may include restlessness, tremor, muscle twitches, rapid breathing, confusion, hallucinations, panic, aggressiveness, muscle pain or tenderness, muscle weakness, fever or flu symptoms, and dark colored urine. These symptoms may be followed by depression and tiredness. Other overdose symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, uneven heartbeats, feeling light-headed, fainting, seizure (convulsions), or coma.

Metaxalone was a relaxant drug, and would cause a person to possibly feel drowsy or sleepy.

But kids will take any kind of pills they can get their hands on.

This is a reminder to parents that all medications should be properly stored and monitored. Kids may be responsible, but all medications should be administered by adults.

Florida, long known as one of the major states where prescription drug abuse is rampant, is making strides in the battle. For the first time in 10 years, prescription drug deaths dropped in the sunshine state.

The total number of prescription drug related deaths in 2011 was 2,539 deaths, according to the Deceased Persons Report.

That’s down from the 2010 total of 2,710 deaths.

Officials say oxycodone presence decreased by 10.7 percent and related deaths dropped 17.7 percent when comparing numbers to 2010.

State officials credit Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts in 2011 to create Statewide Drug Enforcement Strike Force teams.

Florida law enforcement leaders cracked down on doctors and pharmacies from overprescribing dangerous drugs.

The Chicago Times today ran a very compelling story about PJ Newberg, Skokie, Illinois woman.

She’s a mother of young woman that is battling heroin abuse.

Mrs. Newberg noticed the change in her fun-loving daughter.

“The decline in her, I couldn’t believe it,” Newberg said of that time. “It was hard to spend a lot of time with her. She wasn’t the fun-loving warm kid that you want to be around.”

Newberg credits her daughter’s arrest as a potential life-saving moment.

Please read this story, and help support groups like the many anti-drug coalitions across the country.

Attend town hall meetings, and help support communities that are trying to stop drugs from falling into the hands of children.

The Chicago Tribune’s story is HERE.