Tag Archive: Recreational drug use

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.

A report this morning indicates that President Obama and the First Lady are upset regarding alcohol and drug use at the private school where their children attend.


The $70,000-a-year private school is making headlines after a study revealed teen drinking and drug habits.

A report in the National Enquirer said the Obamas are concerned about daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, after a report in the school newspaper Horizon revealed that 71 per cent of students admitted attending parties where drugs and alcohol were available.

Apparently 25% of the boys surveyed admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol.

A former student was arrested for running a meth lab out of his D.C. aparment

A former student also told the Enquirer, “I have seen kids snorting coke, smoking pot, getting high and boozing. There’s huge money at the school and the older kids host parties at their private residences. Many of them live in big mansions in Washington, or in affluent suburbs where drugs and booze are common.”

If these allegations are true, it highlights that no school is immune to the presence of drugs and alcohol.

It alerts parents to the problem that is widespread. It can serve as a reminder to parents to discuss alcohol and drug use with their kids.

Some kids think marijuana is safe, because it is now classified as medicine in various states.

Other kids think prescription drugs are safer than the illegal drugs, because doctors dispense them.

We all know the truth is that, drugs are toxic and harmful to the body.   They are also heavily addictive and can kill.

A change in stance from Perry Kendall, British Columbia’s top doctor.

Earlier this week he made statements that touted the safety of pure ecstasy while he condemned street gang created versions of MDMA.

Well now there’s a change in position, as Kendall took another look at the subject.

You can read about it here in the B.C.’s Globe and Daily Mail by clicking here.

Teensavers reminds everyone that no drugs are safe for minors, and that even legal drugs like prescription drugs are being abused at alarming rates by children.


For whatever reason, that also seems really unexplainable, parents do not or will not talk about drug use with their kids.   Many of them think that the anti-drinking and anti-drug message is implied. 


We all know that isn’t the case.

Kids probably hear and see a few dozen instances of drinking and drug use being glorified to every one message that reiterates the harm and dangers of drugs.

Kids see drinking and drugs in movies, television shows, and can hear about it in music.   They also hear about it socially.   Monday morning high school chatter typically consists of the weekend high school football game, and which teen had thrown up after a severe night of partying.

High schoolers know who the partiers are.    The drinking, smoking, and drug use is often glamorized by the “popular” teens.    Rappers tout their marijuana use, and  celebrities celebrate their pill addictions.    Despite the fact that drugs have claimed the lives of numerous actors and singers, the drug use is still glamorized.

Kids now have the ability to glamorize it through YouTube pages, FaceBook accounts, blogs, and other social media that allows them to post photos and information anonymously.      Foolishly, some kids even post the photos and video of themselves acting silly drinking too much or using drugs.   Here are just a few winners pulled off of eBay.   (Disclaimer, people seen in the videos below may not be minors — but are being used to show the typical behavior described above)

Chances are the people seen in these videos were 18 or older, but they may not have been 21.    Those kids talking about the one teen’s marijuana use looked to be high schoolers.  

Parents can learn from these videos.   Obviously, when they are posted anonymously, it’s hard to find them.   But checking your teen’s facebook, myspace, or mobile phone for photos or references to drug use could help parents.

Stumbling onto experimentation before it becomes addiction is critical to helping a teen witha drug problem.  

Another way you can detect teen drug use is to use home drug test kits.   The newest test on the market is the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit. 

The Test is available at through many trusted retailers.       All 5 Teensavers Home Drug Tests, including the 12-panel which detects marijuana, cocaine, PCP, ecstasy, opiates, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Amphetamines, Methamphetamine, Methadone, Oxycodone, and TCA’s are currently on SALE at CVS.com.   The 5 teests can also be bought at Amazon.com,  and the Drugstore.com.   Walgreens customers can get 1-panel 3-panel 7-panel or 12-panel tests at Walgreens.com.

The group at Myteensavers.com has been reading the recent report by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The recently released National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows a disturbing trend.   These 2009 stats shed light on which direction drug use is moving.  I will focus on some of the rates for minors, as the survey deals with both adults and children.

When it comes to illicit drug use:

  • Among youths aged 12 to 17, the current illicit drug use rate increased from 2008 (9.3 percent) to 2009 (10.0 percent). Between 2002 and 2008, the rate declined from 11.6 to 9.3 percent.
  • The rate of current marijuana use among youths aged 12 to 17 decreased from 8.2 percent in 2002 to 6.7 percent in 2006, remained unchanged at 6.7 percent in 2007 and 2008, then increased to 7.3 percent in 2009.
  • Among youths aged 12 to 17, the rate of nonmedical use of prescription-type drugs declined from 4.0 percent in 2002 to 2.9 percent in 2008, then held steady at 3.1 percent in 2009.
  • The rate of current Ecstasy use among youths aged 12 to 17 declined from 0.5 percent in 2002 to 0.3 percent in 2004, remained at that level through 2007, then increased to 0.5 percent in 2009.
  • Between 2008 and 2009, the rate of current use of illicit drugs among young adults aged 18 to 25 increased from 19.6 to 21.2 percent, driven largely by an increase in marijuana use (from 16.5 to 18.1 percent).

Obtaining drugs:

  • Almost half (49.9 percent) of youths aged 12 to 17 reported in 2009 that it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy” for them to obtain marijuana if they wanted some.
  • Approximately one in five reported it would be easy to get cocaine (20.9 percent).
  • About one in seven (13.5 percent) indicated that LSD would be “fairly” or “very” easily available, and 12.9 percent reported easy availability for heroin.

Teens who said they used drugs in the last month:

Drug use by teens in the last month

The rate of past month illicit drug use increased from 2008 to 2009 among youths aged 12 to 17 (from 9.3 to 10.0 percent) and young adults aged 18 to 25 (from 19.6 to 21.2 percent) (Shown below)

Teen Drug Use

Youths Aged 12 to 17

  • In 2009, 10.0 percent of youths aged 12 to 17 were current illicit drug users : 7.3 percent used marijuana, 3.1 percent engaged in nonmedical use of prescription-type psychotherapeutics, 1.0 percent used inhalants, 0.9 percent used hallucinogens, and 0.3 percent used cocaine.
  • Among youths aged 12 to 17, the types of drugs used in the past month varied by age group. Among 12 or 13 year olds, 1.6 percent used prescription-type drugs nonmedically, 1.4 percent used inhalants, and 0.8 percent used marijuana. Among 14 or 15 year olds, marijuana was the most commonly used drug (6.3 percent), followed by prescription-type drugs used nonmedically (3.3 percent); inhalants and hallucinogens tied for third rank (0.8 percent). Marijuana also was the most commonly used drug among 16 or 17 year olds (14.0 percent); it was followed by prescription-type drugs used nonmedically (4.3 percent), hallucinogens (1.6 percent), inhalants (0.8 percent), and cocaine (0.6 percent).
  • After gradually declining from 11.6 percent in 2002 to 9.3 percent in 2008, the rate of past month illicit drug use among 12 to 17 year olds increased to 10.0 percent in 2009. Marijuana use declined from 8.2 percent in 2002 to 6.7 percent in 2006, held steady at that rate through 2008, then increased to 7.3 percent in 2009. Nonmedical use of psychotherapeutic drugs declined from 4.0 percent in 2002 and 2003 to 2.9 percent in 2008; the rate in 2009, 3.1 percent, was not significantly different from the rate in 2008.

These stats indicate a disturbing trend.  After years of decline, teens are finding their way back to drugs.   Parents can utilize home drug testing kits.     Myteensavers.com is a place where parents can educate themselves.



A teen’s drug use is a taboo topic for most parents.   Many won’t even address the issue, sternly saying that they “know” their kids are clean, or they just turn a blind eye, not really wanting to know.    But what may be even more taboo is topic of home drug testing a teen.    Some parents love the security that they can find out instantly and privately if little Johnny or Katie are users.     Others believe that it’s a huge invasion of privacy, asking their teens to pee in a cup.

I found a good article on the She Knows Parenting blog.   You can access it HERE.

The author talks to well published Doctor and Harvard Psychiatry Professor Nancy Rappaport.   She offers her guidelines on how to decide if you should test your teen.

  • Why am I concerned?
  • Have I reviewed this with my pediatrician or a mental health counselor?
  • Could something else be causing these symptoms?
  • Is anyone else using drugs or alcohol excessively in the home?
  • Is my child at unsupervised homes or places where parents tacitly encourage drinking or smoking?
  • Am I nagging most of the time or do I have time when we are doing something fun together?

For more information on Dr. Rappaport’s background, please check out her blog, and some of her articles on many fascinating topics covering both child and parental issues.   Her website can be found HERE.