Tag Archive: Southern California

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.


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.


According to TMZ.com, so-called Octomom, Nadya Suleman has checked herself into rehab at Chapman House Rehab in Orange.

The celebrity website says that the pseudo-celebrity checked herself in over the weekend, entering a 30-day program. She says she has become dependent on anti-anxiety drug Xanax, which she began taking to “deal with stress.”

“Nadya wanted to get off the Xanax she was prescribed by her doctor and learn to deal with her stress, exhaustion and anxiety with professional help with a team of doctors,” her rep told TMZ. “Nadya wanted to deal with her issues and make sure she is the best mother she can be.”

As with all patients admitted into rehab, their identity cannot be discussed.

Chapman Rehab is run by a team of specialists, led by America’s Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman.

Teensaver Diagnostics, the creators of the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is proud to announce that the Teensavers Team will be an exhibitor at the San Diego Kids Fair and Expo on October 20th and 21st at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.


The San Diego Kids Fair and Expo is the premiere event for families in Southern California. Families can enjoy entertainment, rides, games, and activities.. There are also numerous exhibitors providing health and wellness information for families attending the event.

“We want people to ask us the questions that they may not be comfortable asking their pharmacist or the people that they are close with in the community,” says Teensaver Diagnostics President Steve Stahovich. “Most parents have questions about drugs and drug use, but they are afraid to ask.”

Stahovich’s experience running treatment centers led him to this passion of creating a comprehensive home drug test kit for families. “I’ve seen the heartbreak on people’s faces. They think their teen is only a recreational marijuana user, but then they find out their kid is a full blow heroin addict.”

Teensavers currently has five different home drug tests for families, ranging from a 1-panel marijuana only test, to its’ 12-panel test, the most comprehensive test on the market.

Stahovich says the key for parents is to look beyond a witch hunt for marijuana use. “When a teen is confronted about his/her drug use, they will say anything to hide their habit, which includes to confessing to being addicted to a lesser drug. I’ve seen teen heroin addicts come in to rehab, with their parents thinking the problem is marijuana or alcohol. But then we conducted the drug tests and found that the patient’s opiate levels were through the roof.”

The San Diego Kids Fair and Expo is an important event to raise awareness for hard working families. With parents working longer hours, and commuting further to and from work, children have ample time to experiment.

The Teensavers Home Drug Kits are only one of three FDA cleared for over-the-counter sales tests in America. Many of the tests found in dollar stores and on the internet are unregulated and the science behind the tests can be very unreliable. The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit not only carries the strictest drug detection levels, but the kit also includes free laboratory confirmation, parental support guide, and access to assistance via a free 24/7 supported phone support hotline.

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits are currently sold in Rite Aid and Albertson’s Stores in Southern California, and are available online on Walgreens.com, CVS.com, the Drugstore.com, Amazon.com and through the Teensavers website at http://www.myteensavers.com.

More information can be found online at http://www.myteensavers.com

The kids at Valencia High in Southern California are speaking out against high school drug use, and they have created a drug free club.


The club features special extracurricular activities and the only rule is that kids agree to undergo random drug testing.

About 30 kids have signed in to the club.

Santa Clarita Valley has had its share of drug problems. There have numerous heroin and opiate related deaths the last few years.  It’s a trend everybody wants to reduce.

Parents, school administrators, and the sheriff’s department have been working together with community groups to spread the anti-drug message.

You can read more about this club and the community’s efforts in the Los Angeles Times story HERE.

Santa Clarita is one of the troubled spots for heroin in Southern California.

The sleepy community in Northern Los Angeles county has seen a surge in heroin drug deaths the last two years, and community members congregated last night to discuss the one year anniversary of this community awareness plan.

What the people are doing there is tremendous.    They are determined to kick heroin out of the city.


KHTS, AM-1220, covered the story on its’ website hometownstation.com

As the coverage indicates, the city’s “Heroin Kills: The High is a Lie” program was created after 5 heroin related deaths in 2011. This year the city has already seen 6 heroin related deaths, and the deaths of 7 others have been attributed to opiate use.

The most dramatic moment of the meeting was when a young man stood up in the middle of a Q and A session with the panel of guests.

Read more by clicking HERE.

Authorities in Southern California have broken up a methamphetamine ring that funneled drugs and money to and from Mexico through the cities of Ontario and Pomona.

Authorities arrested 17 people early Thursday, and have charged a total of 27 people in connection with the drug ring.

The methamphetamine came into the country in liquid form by plane, cars, and boats. Gang members recrystallized the drugs at an Ontario home.

A U.S. Attorney associated with the case said that dealers will selling several pounds of meth per day, at a profit of $9,000 per pound.

Numerous other suspects are still on the loose, but authorities believe they made a dent in this operation.

U.S. and Canadian authorities showed off the haul of a major smuggling operation along the remote border area of Montana, as their press conference coincided with the first sentencing in the case.

Over the last two years, smugglers have moved 1,000 kilograms of cocaine into Canada and 1.3 million tablets of the designer drug Ecstasy into the United States over the last two years.

17 people have been arrested and a driver was the first to be sentenced to five years in prison.

The cocaine originated in the states from Southern California and was to be distributed in British Columbia.

Read more about the $17 million bust by clicking here.

U.S. Attorney for Montana Michael Cotter said the international investigation seized 414 kilograms of cocaine and 29 kilograms of Ecstasy, and 17 people were arrested in the U.S. and Canada, making it one of the largest drug busts on either side of the border.

“This is certainly the largest seizure both here in Montana and Saskatchewan,” Cotter said in a news conference in Great Falls.

When it comes to back to school shopping supplies, we know that long list of  items can pile up in the shopping cart.

Most TV segments, magazine lists, and internet compilations show the same thing. The new trendy backpack, the hip cool super-duper whiz-bang lunch bag, and the must have stationary items that the kids love like shaky pens and the newest mechanical pencils.

But there is one thing commonly overlooked when it comes to planning for the next school year; teen and preteen drug abuse.

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is the one item to help protect your teens.

Why is it such a valuable weapon for parents?

More kids are admitting to using drugs by the age of 18 (37%), and more kids are admitting that they have a hard time saying no to drugs because of peer pressure (40%.)

And it’s not just pot.

These kids are using painkillers and transitioning to heroin, once they are addicted to opiates.

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit isn’t just a drug test. It is a comprehensive kit that acts as an empowering agent for teens. They can tell their friends that they cannot do drugs because their parents test them.

Believe it or not, many parents do not talk to their kids about drugs. They also don’t know which drugs are in their community. Most importantly, many of them don’t even realize that they are their teen’s first drug dealer.

4,000 kids try drugs for the first time every day. 2,500 of them are using prescriptions. And they are getting them straight out of the family medicine cabinet at home, or at their grandparents homes.

And unlike other drug test kits, the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is the total solution. It comes with a parental guide that covers the emotional aspects of drug use including warning signs and how to discuss drugs with your teens. On top of that it includes a 24/7 free hot line for parents to ask their questions. From the moment you bring it home it starts working, and it helps parents understand the warning signs. I know my kids’ friends won’t be offering my children drugs, because they’ve seen the test at my home. They will be too afraid that I’d tell their parents or give their parents drug tests to use.

It really works well as a deterrent.

These tests are the latest generation of home drug tests and the tests most recently approved by the FDA for OTC sales.

Only one of four tests can make this claim. Our test is laboratory accurate and maintains a 99.9% accuracy rate. We are the #1 recommended brand by addiction specialists, and we were recently named a winning product by the Parent Tested, Parent Approved group.

How else is Teensavers Home Drug Test different from the other tests? Experience and passion. The creator is Steve Stahovich, a former teen addict. Luckily, he survived his addiction and continued on to run the largest treatment centers in the country, here in Southern California. He developed this product after repeatedly hearing the same question from parents of the children he was treating, “How could we have detected this before it became an addiction?”

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is sold in Rite Aid Pharmacies and is sold online at CVS.com, Walgreens.com, Amazon.com, and Drugstore.com. Click here for a direct link to your preferred retailer.

I have seen numerous surveys on teen drinking and drug use released from local media sources.   The communities are diverse.   Fast paced Southern California and Florida to slower rural areas in Ohio and Nebraska.

The surveys all seem to say the same thing.   Children are speaking openly and honestly about their drug use.   The use of marijuana by children can be anywhere from 30%-60% and the teen drinking studies have been as high as 80%.

Most of the groups initiating these surveys are parent, community, or local media groups.   They often focus solely on alcohol and marijuana, but there is more serious drug usage to also be concerned with.    Prescription drug usage is soaring among young Americans.

Home drug testing is one way to check what your teen maybe doing.   Smelling for alcohol and marijuana is not enough.

Try to protect your teens as they head into winter break.   Don’t let them become the latest victim of drug abuse.