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(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.

Teensavers has received a new study out today reveals that parents now consider drug use as a
critical health concern for children.   In the 5th annual survey of the
top 10 health concerns for kids showed drug use and obesity tied as the
top concerns.


poll was conducted by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s
Hospital.  Most of the top 10 health concerns pertain to long-recognized
risky behaviors for youth: drug, alcohol and tobacco use, as well as
teen pregnancy. The top 10 overall health concerns for U.S. children in
2011 and the percentage of adults who rate each item as a “big problem”

  • 1. Childhood obesity, 33%
  • 2. Drug abuse, 33%
  • 3. Smoking and tobacco use, 25%
  • 4. Teen pregnancy, 24%
  • 5. Bullying, 24%
  • 6. Internet safety, 23%
  • 7. Stress, 22%
  • 8. Alcohol abuse, 20%
  • 9. Driving accidents, 20%
  • 10. Sexting, 20%

perception of drug abuse as a big problem matches recent national data
showing increasing use of marijuana and other drugs by US teens,” says
Matthew Davis, M.D., director of the National Poll on Children’s Health
and associate professor in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit
at the U-M Medical School. “Meanwhile, although obesity remains atop
the list of child health concerns for the fourth straight year, the
level of public concern has declined over the last few years in our
poll,” Davis says. “This may be a warning to public health officials,
because it indicates how the public is hearing national messages that
previous increases in children’s obesity rates have recently leveled

TeenSaver Diagnostics Inc., an Irvine, California based company, is
thrilled to announce that the most family friendly and most accurate
home drug testing product line approved by the FDA, the Teensavers® Home
Drug Test Kit, is now available to the 66 million customers who shop at
Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer.

“In the world
of online retail, it is no secret that Amazon.com is the undisputed
leader for nearly 100 million customers,” said Steve Stahovich. “What
originally was an online bookstore has now become the trusted go-to
everything store for families. We feel excited that parents can find our
products on Amazon.com, as they shop for other necessities for their
families and for their homes.”

There are five different Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kits available on Amazon.com:
— 1-panel ($16.99) Marijuana (THC) test.
— 3-panel ($21.99), which tests for Marijuana, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine.
— 5-panel ($25.99) screens for the previous three drugs, plus Oxycodone and Opiates.
— 7-panel ($29.99) screens for the previous 5 drugs plus Benzodiazepines and Ecstasy (MDMA.)

— 12-panel test is the most comprehensive Teensavers® Home Drug Test
Kit. It screens for Marijuana, Cocaine, PCP, Opiates, Amphetamines,
Methamphetamine, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Oxycodone, Methadone,
Ecstasy (MDMA), and Tricyclic Antidepressants. The 12-panel test is
currently being offered for $39.99.

“After my history of
substance abuse treatment, I am proud to provide home drug testing
choices to families,” said Stahovich. “Most times a teen may admit to
smoking marijuana, but our tests can help catch if there is a silent
substance in your child’s system. Our home drug tests offer not only
results, but guidance before, during, and after you gives the test.”

Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kit is 99.9% accurate, made in America, and
approved by the FDA. The test is endorsed by America’s Parenting Coach,
Tim Chapman, a 30-year treatment veteran. Chapman says the Teensavers®
Home Drug Test Kit is a tool that belongs in all family medicine
cabinets. “Kids are turning to prescription drugs in alarming numbers.
This test can be your weapon in not only detecting the drug use, but
deterring it. Having this test at home puts teens on notice that they
could face drug testing at any time. The next time they are asked to try
drugs by someone they know, they won’t hesitate to say, “I can’t. My
parents home drug test me.””

The Teensavers® Home Drug Test Kit
was recently named a 2011 “Top Products” Winner by Parent Tested, Parent
Approved, one of the most reliable and valuable online resources for
parents. The entire product line has also received high regards from
numerous “mom blogs” for the ease of use, the science behind the tests,
and the around-the-clock helpline offered to families. “When you buy our
test from Amazon.com, you have the reassurance that you are getting a
quality product that is made with your family’s best interest at heart.
We are proud that more parental groups, like Parent Tested, Parent
Approved endorse our products,” said Stahovich.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_industrial?_encoding=U …




Our product is currently not available on Walgreens.com




It is a hotly debated proposal.   A new bill would require parents to
drug test their children in order to keep them in school.   Long Island
lawmaker Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa)  introduced the
bill this week.   The bill would force parents to sign a statement
swearing they had tested their children annually.   The students tested
would be high schoolers, grades 9th through 12th.   The results would
not be relayed to school administrators.

The Teensavers Team
applauds Saladino for his efforts.  After all, parents who discover that
their child is using a substance, can help correct the problem.
Oftentimes, a teenagers habit becomes a full blown addiction before
loved ones find out.   Treating the problem at that point can be

While we always encourage parents to use drug tests to
help ensure that their kids are clean, there are a few problems we see
with this bill.  First, testing only once a year doesn’t do a whole
lot.   If you test your teen in January, they have another 10 months of
potential substance abuse.    The key to home drug testing is regular
and random.   Your teen should know that they could be tested at any
time, but at no specific time.  This also helps prevent a kid from
possessing substitute urine or a masking agent handy.

The other
problem we have with the bill is that it starts with 8th grades.
14-years-old is not the entry age for drug use.   SAMHSA stats say that
2500 children experiement with drugs for the first time every day, and
some of them are as young as 8-years-old.   This policy would work
better for children grades 6th and up.    Now you are looking at 11 and
12-year-olds, who may just be experimenting with marijuana or other
controlled substances.   Early detection is key when trying to cutoff a
growing drug problem.  By high school, kids have more means to find
masking agents, or find someone to provide them with a urine sample.

Teensavers believes that Saladino is on the right path.   He told CBS2 in New York,

“We want to make sure that parents have the tools
they need to determine if there’s an addiction problem with a serious
drug — we’re talking heroin, barbiturates, opiates — the kinds of drugs
that lead to death,” Saladino said.

He claimed the bill is designed to assist parents.

a teen becomes 18-years-old, they’re an adult, and parents lose all
control of the situation and are not able to get them into rehab,” Saladino said. “This helps parents identify the problem early.”

believe Saladino is working towards a great plan to help keep kids off
drugs.   What we are proud to see is that he responded after a series of
heroin deaths in his community.   Many lawmakers are not doing much to
help fight this surging drug problem.

Hopefully Saladino can wake up the parents of these kids, and let them know that this threat is for real.




Just wanted to give a heads up that Steve Stahovich, the man behind
the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit was featured on the moms blog
“Whirlwind of surprises.”

The blog is also giving away two free tests.

Click here for more details:



The creators of the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit take great pride in being a Parent Tested, Parent Approved winner.   We also interact with parents every day who support us.   We appreciate The Steady Hand mom’s blog.    It is great to know that parents hold us in regard as a necessity between posts about coupons, and other valuable products and services.   Whether or not you agree with home drug testing, having the conversation the drug talk with your kids is a great start.   Here is the link to the steady hand blog.


Teensavers salutes Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 2011.


Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) has introduced a three pronged plan to combat
prescription drug abuse.  The Senator introduced his plan at a New York

Schumer’s plan calls for:

  1. Added medical training for painkiller prescription and addiction training related to those medications.
  2. Stiffer penalties for thieves convicted of stealing painkillers.
  3. A new federal prescription tracking system that would cross state lines.

also believes that disallowing banks from accepting credit card
transactions from online pharmacies would have a similar effect as the
online gambling ban.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/A-3-point-plan-to-battle-prescription-drug-abuse-1461817.php#ixzz1RuFZMHt1

truth is that many of these pills lead to a severe opiate addiction.   A
lot of these kids trying these pills turn to heroin, because it is a
better high at a cheaper cost to them.

Understanding prescription drug abuse is something many parents need to do.

Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit can help detect if your teen is using
drugs.  You can get one at Walgreens.com or by clicking HERE.





The Teensavers Team is looking through the updated NSBCS regarding
the drug war on our borders.   Can that war really be won?   It seems
now we have an as equally great challenge with pills distributed by our
doctors and our pharmacies.  Here is the early press release from the
Obama administration.


Ariz. – Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today joined
National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Customs and
Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin, DHS Office of
Counternarcotics Enforcement Director Grayling Williams, and other
public health and safety officials to release the 2011 National
Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy – a key component of the
Obama Administration’s unprecedented efforts to enhance security along
the Southwest border.  The strategy outlines Federal, state, local,
tribal, and international actions to reduce the flow of illicit drugs,
cash, and weapons across the border, and highlights the Obama
Administration’s support for promoting strong border communities by
expanding access to drug treatment and supporting programs that break
the cycle of drug use, violence, and crime.

“Disrupting the flow
of illegal drugs across our borders is critical to our nation’s safety
and security,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Through this strategy, the
Obama Administration will continue to strengthen our coordinated efforts
to interdict drug traffickers and disrupt their links to terrorism and
organized crime.”

“The demand for illegal drugs in America is a
driving factor for violence, addiction, and crime on both sides of our
border,” said Kerlikowske.  “Federal, state, local, tribal, and
international efforts to reduce the threat of drug trafficking along the
Southwest border are paying off, but we cannot let up.  We must
continue to dismantle the transnational criminal organizations that prey
upon our communities while also supporting programs and initiatives
that reduce drug consumption in the United States and Mexico.”

trafficking cartels are responsible for some of the most devastating
violence and criminal activity along the Southwest border and beyond,
penetrating into communities large and small throughout this country.
To be effective in fighting these criminal organizations, we must
aggressively employ all of our international, Federal, state, local and
tribal resources, and the strategy unveiled today is a critical piece of
this Administration’s comprehensive efforts to dismantle these
cartels,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Through this strategy and
the coordinated efforts with our law enforcement and other partners, we
can continue to target these organizations, disrupt domestic
transportation and distribution cells, and seize as many of the
organization’s assets as possible.”

“Targeting, disrupting and
dismantling Mexican drug cartels and their trafficking organizations
operating on both sides of the border is a top priority for DEA” said
Michele M. Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement
Administration.  “The National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy
strengthens collaboration with our American and Mexican partners as
together we seek to reduce drug addiction, secure our border, and bring
these traffickers and their leaders to justice.”

The National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy
increases coordination and information sharing between Federal, and
state and local law enforcement agencies, and calls for continued close
collaboration with the Government of Mexico in their efforts against the
drug cartels – highlighting national efforts to interdict the
southbound flow of weapons and illicit currency and reduce the demand
for drugs.  The Director of National Drug Control Policy will oversee
the implementation of the strategy, in coordination with the Department
of Homeland Security, Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, and the
Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General. The
strategy will be implemented in coordination with other border related
efforts, including the Merida Initiative, led by the State Department,
and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing Southwest border
security efforts.

Under the Southwest Border Initiative the Obama
Administration has deployed unprecedented amount of personnel,
technology, and resources along the Southwest border – nearly doubling
the number of Border Patrol agents from approximately 10,000 in 2004 to
over 20,700 today, screening of 100% of southbound rail shipments, and
for the first time providing critical surveillance capabilities to
personnel on the ground through unmanned aerial systems that cover the
Southwest border from California to Texas.  Over the past two and a half
years, DHS has seized 75 percent more currency, 31 percent more drugs,
and 64 percent more weapons along the Southwest border as compared to
the last two and a half years during the previous administration.
Additionally, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has allocated
nearly 29 percent of its domestic agent positions to the Southwest
border, while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased
its Federal agents on the border, and the Department of Justice (DOJ)
has secured a record number of extraditions from Mexico: 94 in 2010
compared to 12 in 2000 and trained over 5,400 Mexican prosecutors and

The National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy
is an integral component of the Administration’s broader national drug
control policy. This policy includes a renewed commitment to reduce the
demand for illegal drugs at home through a balanced approach that
provides increased support to prevention, treatment, and other programs.

For a full copy of the 2011 National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy click here.



you are in your late 30s or early 40s, you know doubt know the message
of safe and sane.   Even through the last decade law enforcement
officers have still used the message to promote safe conduct on the 4th
of July holiday weekend.    But unlike the past, which focused on
fireworks safety, law enforcement officers now more than ever are
worried about the rampant drinking and drug use over these extended
holiday weekends.

I’ve seen, heard, and spoke with people who
started the 4th of July celebrations yesterday, Thursday the 30th of
June.    Believe it or not, others say they will party through the
5th.      Fireworks are mainly a thing in the past.   Here in Southern
California, street fireworks are mostly illegal, except for in some
small pockets.    In Irvine, where the Teensavers team is based, the
city eliminated street fireworks probably 25 years ago.

So instead
of more street sweeps for flowers, sparklers, and Piccolo Petes,
officers are setting up flares and cones and conducting DUI checkpoints
more aggressive than ever.  The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has a
massive anti drinking and driving campaign this weekend.   They held or
assisted with checkpoints starting last night, and those will continue
through Monday.

This is a valuable time to remind your teen about
the dangers of drinking and drug use.   Parents most likely don’t have
to worry about their kids lighting fireworks.   But their kids may still
get badly burned by using alcohol or drugs.

This is also a good
time to consider a Teensavers Home Drug Test, if you are a parent.
Kids are out of school and many partake in drinking and drug use
already, with the extra “excitement” of partying around a holiday.
Parents should already be having the alcohol and drug conversations with
their children.    But they should take the time to reinforce the
message during the holidays.

Teensavers cares about children and
they want families to be healthy and safe during every holiday season.
If you have a child you suspect may be using drugs, test them.   If you
know that friends of your child are using drugs, alert their parents.
Too many parents worry about being a Tattletale.    You could be saving
another child’s life.


TeenSaver Diagnostics Inc., an Irvine, California based
company, is proud to announce that the latest generation of home drug
testing, the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit®, is available on Walgreens
drug store’s online site, Walgreens.com.
“We are pleased that
the Walgreens family and Walgreens.com is now offering a family branded
home drug test kit,” said Steve Stahovich, President of TeenSaver
Diagnostics.     “For over 100 years, Walgreens has been a leader in
providing affordable and reliable home and health care products to
families across America.   We have tremendous pride that families can
trust the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit®, and we are grateful that the
Walgreens Corporation, the nation’s largest drug store chain, shares
that same trust in our product.”
There are five different Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits® available on the retailer’s website, Walgreens.com:
— 1-panel ($16.99) Marijuana (THC) test.
— 3-panel ($21.99), which tests for Marijuana, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine.
— 5-panel ($25.99) screens for the previous three drugs, plus Oxycodone and Opiates.
— 7-panel ($29.99) screens for the previous 5 drugs plus Benzodiazepines and Ecstasy (MDMA.)

Click on the box below or HERE to order from Walgreens.com right now.

— 12-panel test is the most comprehensive Teensavers Home Drug Test
Kit®.   It screens for Marijuana, Cocaine, PCP, Opiates, Amphetamines,
Methamphetamine, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Oxycodone, Methadone,
Ecstasy (MDMA), and Tricyclic Antidepressants.   The 12-panel test is
currently being offered with an introductory discount price of $34.99.

“We are proud to be able to offer home drug testing choices to
families,” said Stahovich.  “If they suspect their loved one may be
using Marijuana, they can rely on our THC-only test.    If they want to
make sure that their loved one is not using a wide variety of drugs,
they can use our comprehensive 12-panel drug test.”
Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit® is 99.9% accurate, made in America, and
approved by the FDA.    The test is endorsed by America’s Parenting
Coach, Tim Chapman, a 30-year treatment veteran.     Chapman says the
Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit® is a tool that belongs in all family
medicine cabinets.  “Kids are turning to prescription drugs in alarming
numbers.   This test can be your weapon in not only detecting the drug
use, but deterring it.   Having this test at home puts teens on notice
that they could face drug testing at any time.   The next time they are
asked to try drugs by someone they know, they won’t hesitate to say, “I
can’t. My parents home drug test me.””
The Teensavers Home Drug
Test Kit® was recently named a Spring 2011 “Top Products”  Winner by
Parent Tested, Parent Approved, one of the most reliable and valuable
online resources for parents.   “Walgreens customers, can have complete
confidence that the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit® has the endorsement
of the PTPA, its testers, and its devoted followers,” said Stahovich.

by President Steve Stahovich, a long time recovery and addiction
specialist, Teensavers Diagnostics Inc. (http://myteensavers.com) is an
ally to parents who suspect their teen may be using narcotics. We are
the latest generation in home drug testing kits, offering a total
solution, and not just results. We are endorsed by America’s Parenting
Coach, Tim Chapman, founder of Chapman House.
To contact Teensavers
Diagnostics about our total solution home drug test kit, or if you are a
pharmacist or medical distributor, call 866-728-7833 or visit our
website at HTTP://Myteensavers.com

Teensavers Diagnostics sister
company Independent Drug Testing Supply, manufactures business drug test
kits and has been supplying hospitals, jails, and corporations for
years. If you are a company interested in our business model drug test
kits, contact us at (949) 727-3750.

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