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We are learning just how many youths and young adults are having serious health complications from synthetic marijuana.

The Drug Abuse Warning Network has released its’ first study on synthetic marijuana.

K2, Spice and other synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana high sent 11,406 people — mostly teens and young adults — to the ER in 2010.

The report, found that children ages 12 to 17 accounted for one-third of the emergency room visits. Young adults ages 18 to 24 accounted for another 35%.

“This report confirms that synthetic drugs cause substantial damage to public health and safety,” Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske said.

Spice and K2, marketed as legal, fake pot and labeled as herbal incense, emerged in 2009 as popular drugs among teenagers and college students, who could purchase the substances online, in head shops, and in convenience stores.

Problems quickly emerged. Doctors reported teenagers arriving in the emergency room with high fevers and strange behavior.

The packaging clearly states “not for human consumption” but that almost serves as a beacon for teens that “hey this is the stuff you want to mess around with.”

The DEA instituted an emergency ban on the key chemical components. In July, Congress banned sales of K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.

However, amateur chemists continue to make these compounds and hand them out to people, treating them almost as guinea pigs.

It’s important for parents to understand what these compounds are, and for them to have a meaningful dialogue with their kids about the dangers.

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There’s no doubt parents will have a ton on their plates this week before they pack on the pounds form their Thanksgiving feasts this holiday weekend.

Help your kid say no! A drug test on the counter can influence them to make the right decision this weekend. That’s something to be thankful for!

Millions are preparing to travel today. Many millions more are prepping a Thanksgiving feast. Then there’s the countless people gearing up to wait in line over night and cash in on bargain sales Thursday and Friday.

Millions of teens are preparing too.

They’ve been spending days and weeks stocking up on liquor, marijuana, pills, and other illicit drugs for what is now known by some as “Black Wednesday.”

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest nights for teen drinking and drug use.

It’s a 5 day weekend, or in some cases a mini vacation that lasts 7 days, as some school districts take the entire Thanksgiving week off.

In many states, agencies like the California Highway Patrol will beef up its’ presence on the roads for “maximum enforcement” against drinking and drugged driving.

There are increased sobriety checkpoints, and more officers are on the streets and highways looking for impaired drivers.

Bars will be packed tonight, and many under aged high school and college students will party with alcohol and/or drugs.

Teens who are subject to random drug tests at school know that they can use on a Wednesday night, and will likely test clean come Monday morning at school.

Most have done their research, and have discovered that drugs typically stay in a person’s system for up to 72 hours, when the drug use is highly infrequent.

That means if they parents aren’t testing their child Friday or Saturday, the traces of detectable drugs are long gone by Monday morning.

There are numerous sites where kids ask questions about drug detection. And those are just the kids who either face testing at school, or face testing on occasion by their parents at home.

Parents need to have conversations with their kids, and despite turning in early tonight because of all the food preparations tomorrow, make sure they are awake when their teens return home for the night.

It’s easy to get lost in the myriad of recipes and sales that are the focal point of this weekend, but perhaps parents need to remember what they are most thankful for; family. And some awareness and effort can help ensure that they are again thankful this holiday season in 2013.

Take a quick search online and you will see almost on a daily basis, a story about teens using pills, or parents reaching out after the child has died from pill abuse.

The stories and these victims have numerous things in common.

First and foremost, these are good kids. Many are excellent students. A good portion of them are involved in their community. Some are standout athletes.

They also made one mistake; experimenting with pills.

The first one may have come from a friend, but chances are they came from the family medicine cabinet.

And from where the first one came, the second, third, and fourth pills followed.

Then as those cheap and easy supplies diminish, the kids have to be crafty to find their next high.

Opiates and Benzodiazepines are very addictive. Experimenting with them can lead to addiction very quickly.

Some kids start trying to rummage through their friends’ parents’ medicine cabinets.

Others begin to buy pills.

Kids will go to great lengths to continue the pill use, and if they don’t have a lot of cash, they could resort to trading items they do have for pills.

A kid who has 40-50 xBox games, can easily trade one for a pill, especially if he’s tired of the game, or decides that he needs that pill badly enough.

Kids will also trade electronics, skateboards, shoes, and clothes to stop the interruption in the flow of pills.

Ultimately, most kids cannot keep up. So they turn to heroin.

Long feared as that evil and dangerous drug, the biggest stigma about ever experimenting with heroin was the needle factor.

Most kids do not want to mess around with needles. Most long time adult users don’t even like using the needles.

But at this point, their need for the opiates is a MUST.

Heroin can be taken without a needle. Users can smoke it.

And at $12 a balloon on the street, heroin becomes far more attractive to the addict who has been trying to piecemeal his way to an Oxycontin here or a Percocet there at $25-$40 a pill.

As one law enforcement officer says, a balloon of heroin costs less than the price of the balloon, and for kids who are hooked on opiates, they enjoy it a whole lot more.

The good night kiss test, or the sniff test no longer works when kids come home at curfew.

Unlike smelling for marijuana and alcohol, your nose can’t detect opiates.

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit can.

With treatment trends in mind, the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit can detect a wide variety of pill use.

And for parents who do not know much about home drug tests, the Teensavers kit goes well beyond the science of a positive and negative result.

Cheap or free tests online leave you searching and PAYING for a laboratory to process your positive sample.

One of the most uncomfortable feelings after seeing a preliminary positive result show up on a test you just gave your teen is figuring out what to do next.

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit comes with free lab confirmation — a confidential GC/MS screening of your samples to give you specific scientific confirmation of what is in your loved one’s system.

And to get you through the confusion, fright, and uncertainty Teensavers has a 24/7 hotline for parents to ask questions like

-What’s this pill I found?

-Why is there foil and residue in my child’s jacket?

-What does one line, or a faint line mean on the test, versus two solid lines?

-How can I talk to my teen?

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit also includes a Parental Support Guide, written by America’s Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman.

It offers parents not only an education about drugs, and recognizing the signs, but emotional support on connecting with your teen when it comes to drug conversations.

Our children are precious, and the nose doesn’t always know.

Teensavers not only detects the drug use, but can help deter use.

Set the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit on the counter and it tells your children “we care about your health.”

It empowers them to tell their friends, “I can’t try drugs. My parents test me.”

It helps them fight off that peer pressure.

You can take an interactive tour of the Teensavers website, including a 360 degree tour of the kit and its’ contents by clicking HERE.

We have seven weeks left in the year, and already Will County, Illinois has a new record for heroin or opiate related deaths.

So far in 2012, the county has lost 37 people from heroin.

Last year’s total was 30.

Some parents have been taking the lead in trying to educate parents, but there needs to be more involvement.

DON’T BE CAUGHT OFF GUARD. TEENSAVERS HOME DRUG TEST KITS CAN NOT ONLY DETECT EXPERIMENTATION BEFORE IT BECOMES AN ADDICTION, BUT CAN HELP DETER IT. EMPOWER YOUR TEEN TO SAY “NO I CAN’T TRY THAT. MY PARENTS TEST ME.” CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION.

Parents need to understand that kids are abusing pills because they are accessible, and they turn to heroin when it is necessary to keep the high.

One of the leading voices is John Roberts, who lost his teenaged son to heroin in 2009.

He has been holding community meetings to educate parents that this is happening to our children at an alarming rate.

Parents in the Will County area, and other communities outside of Chicago need to show support and help spread the message that these drugs are killing our kids.

New data is out from the state of Massachusetts, and we’re seeing that the number of pill-related deaths have overtaken auto fatalities over a five year span.

The CDC has called prescription drug abuse has the nation’s fastest growing drug problem. And the agency blames a recent spike in unintentional drug overdose death rates on a rise in the use of prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

Looking at fatality statistics from 2002 to 2007 in the state, the Massachusetts OxyContin and Heroin Commission says that 3,265 residents died from opioid-related overdoses in the five year pan, surpassing the number of car-related deaths in the state.

Teens are among the victims.

If you want to detect teen drug abuse, one method is with the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit. You can read about which one is right for your family by clicking HERE.

It’s Friday night.

Teens across America are getting ready for Friday night favorites including, high school football, movies, hanging out at the mall-o-plaza, and trying drugs for the first time.

More than 6,000 kids try drugs for the first time every day.

HAS YOUR TEEN TRIED DRUGS? YOU CAN’T GUESS OR SEE IT WITH YOUR EYES. TEENSAVERS CREATED THE TEST FOR YOUR FAMILY TO DETECT DRUG USE AND DETER TEENS FROM EXPERIMENTING. CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE TEENSAVERS HOME DRUG TEST KIT.

That’s nearly 20,000 new users by the end of the weekend, and that’s not counting alcohol use for the first time by teens and pre-teens.

That also doesn’t even take into consideration the people who try synthetics, because they are not classified as drugs by the FDA. So kids using spice or bath salts tonight are not among the 6,000.

Some kids will experiment with marijuana. It may be the first time they hold a joint in their hands, or put a bong to their lips.

Others think they will experiment safely with “legal medications” while attending a pharming party. That’s where kids bring unidentified pills and throw them in a bowl. Everyone reaches in and takes whatever they get.

Parents need to remember that this first time behaviors are not limited to Friday and Saturday nights.

The average number of kids who try drugs daily is 6,000. In the summer months that number nearly doubles to 11,000.

It’s time we all talk to our kids before they leave the house, and fully understand their plans for the evening. Sleepovers should be double checked.

And when our kids come home at their curfew, we need to engage them to make sure they are coherent and acting normally.

Kids hiding drug use won’t break their curfews because they know they will be questioned more than if they came home on time.

There are countless numbers of teens who come home early on a Friday and Saturday night and tell their parents that they were tired, and wanted to go to bed. Many of them were hiding the fact that they were under the influence.

Our children are precious, and we need to make sure that they stay safe every night of the week.

Don’t lose your teen to drug use.

Parents looking for answers filled the seats of First Christian Church in Huntington Beach last night, as the Huntington Beach Union High School District offered a drug talk.

The program was held in the wake of the overdose of 18-year-old Tyler Macleod.

The first speaker was Senior Pastor Bruce Templeton, who opened the event with a few heartfelt words.

Next to speak was the Superintendent of SBUHSD schools, Dr. Greg Plutko.

The Dr. Bill Beacham took the stage and began to discuss how and when teens turn to drugs.

He reported that the average age of teens trying alcohol or drugs is now 14 years old, and the concern is that at that age, the use of substances will alter the brain.

Beacham gave three destinations for teens who abuse drugs. They will either end up in treatment, jail, or the morgue.

Dr. Bill Beacham discusses the phases of chemical dependency before a crowd of parents at the First Christian Church in Huntington Beach.

He explained that kids get sicker quicker, that the prefrontal cortex isn’t really developed until a human is 19-20 years old.

Dr. Beacham covered the phases of susbtance dependency and how like a concussion, the prefrontal cortex needs 6 to 9 months to heal from substance abuse.

He explained that “hangover” is a glamorized term for overdose, and that you see the changes in a teen through the phases of chemical dependency.

Kids set rules about their drug use. It begins as experimentation. Then they begin to bend the rules, using at school when they vowed they never would. Ultimately, kids lose their rules altogether, as the substance abuse controls them and dictates their need to abuse drugs constantly.

He discussed a weapon for parents to detect the teen experimentation: the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.  For information on the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit

Dr. Bill Beacham holds up a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit to parents and explains how the 12-panel test gives parents instant results for up to 12 different substance classifications.

Dr. Beacham then told parents that addicts, especially teen addicts will resort to three behaviors to mask their addiction.

Denial: They refuse to acknowledge that they are abusing a substance.

Minimization: They believe that their use is under control and not a problem in their life.

Projection: They blame others for their downfalls, and blame others for blowing their addiction out of proportion.

Dr. Beacham closed the session with models of prevention for parents.

He said the kids need to have a tool kit and they come in a series of steps:

Dr. Bill Beacham discusses his steps to empower parents at a community anti-drug meeting held Monday, October 29th at the First Christian Church of Huntington Beach.

One of the key elements that Beacham believes will help the community is with an anti-drug coalition involving faith, law enforcement, school, and families.

Beacham referred to coalitions making an impact in other communities, and how they’ve helped develop laws like social hosting ordinances which will cost parents fines for allowing teen parties at their homes.

The message was well received, and hopefully Huntington Beach takes more strides against teen and youth drug abuse.

There is one place parents can get answers, and that’s Saturday November 3rd at Edison High School. Parents and students can get information at Real, and event sponsored by parents in Huntington Beach.

REAL, an event held this Saturday at Edison High School.

Having a parent or community meeting and want Teensavers there?

Looking for free drug test kits?

We have joined up with community, school, police, church, and parent groups across the country to help stamp out teen drug abuse.
With 6,000 kids trying drugs for the first time every day, we know that the effort needs to be made to help keep these kids clean.

Whether you need to implement a free drug testing policy in your neighborhood, or you need someone to talk to parents that attend your town hall meeting or seminar, Teensavers can help.

We have experts to talk about heroin, prescription drugs, marijuana, spice, k2, bath salts, ecstasy, methamphetamine, methadone, and we can educate parents on things like popular street terms.

Visit the Teensavers website at http://www.myteensavers.com and if we havent answered your question there, send us an email at jeff (at) myteensavers.com.

We are aware of the teen drug trends in your state, and we know what happens in many of the communities.

Teensavers is proud to be part of a program that was created by Phelps County, Missouri leaders, including the Sheriff, and prosecutor.

Here is their press release

  • In the two months that local law enforcement agencies began offering free drug testing kits in Phelps County, a total of 120 kits have been distributed to parents.Both the Rolla Police Department and Phelps County Sheriff’s Department began offering the kits Aug. 13.“If 120 test kits go out and 120 kids are protected, it would be a success, but because of the confidentiality of the program, we don’t know what happened,” said Sgt. Andy Davis, of the sheriff’s office.

    “It gives a reason for a child to say no (to drugs) if they know, “I will possibly be drug tested by my parents,’ ” said Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse.

    Both Davis and Kearse said they did not know how many kits they expected to give away through the program.

    The program was started as an effort to curb drug abuse among youth and is being supported by the sheriff’s office, Rolla police department and the county prosecutor’s office.

    The program is strictly voluntary. To qualify for the Teensavers kits, people simply need to be a resident anywhere in Phelps County and have at least one child who is 17 years old or younger.

    The kits were purchased with drug seizure funds. No taxpayer funds were used.

    Each kit comes with a urine test container, instructions, parental support guide, self-addressed mailing container and confidential identification number.

    The confidential number, guide and test container come sealed in a tamper proof pouch so only the parent who opens it has access to those items, guaranteeing the child and test results are only accessible to the parent. The parent is in full control.

    The kits test for 12 substances — THC (marijuana), cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, opiates, PCP, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, oxycodone, MDMA and tricyclic antidepressants.

    These drugs can be detected with a urine test when they have been in the body for two or three days or up to two weeks depending on the type of drug.

    The kits are easy to use and easy to read, offer confidential results and 24/7 support and have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

    The kits come with a small shipping box to mail the sample off to a laboratory, which can confirm the preliminary results. The lab only has the identification number and has no idea who the sample belongs to. Parents can check the results of the lab’s test online or by phone.

    Law enforcement do not know the results and no tests take place at the sheriff’s office or police department.

    For questions about the kits, people may contact Cpl. Mike Kirn at 573-426-3860 or Lt. James Macormic at 573-308-1213.

     

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), spoke Tuesday in Los Angeles at the California Summit on Opioid Dependence.

DETECT OPIATE USE IN MINUTES WITH THE TEENSAVERS HOME DRUG TEST KIT. AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE, AND PRIVATE, THE TEENSAVERS HOME DRUG TEST WAS DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR FAMILIES. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH CHOICE IS RIGHT FOR YOUR LOVED ONES.

His overall message: Keep fighting the fight, but some people need to wake up!

As the Ventura County Star Reports, Kerlikowske discussed the unwise conventional wisdom surrounding heroin use.

“Young people don’t recognize the addictive powers of heroin,” Kerlikowske said. “They think if they snort it or smoke it, they won’t get addicted.”

Kids think they can handle recreational pill use. They get this from their use of marijuana and their mindset that it is a perfectly controlled high. But the mentality doesn’t change when heroin use sets in as well.

Parents need to stay vigilant, and continue discussing drugs with their teens.