Is Your Teen Doping?

Let’s be real, Mom and Dad…

High school is an “angsty” time for your teenager. They’ve got social problems, they’re trying to be cool, they’re defensive and resistant… Problems seem to be stacking up.

A lot of teens feel like they have to look a certain way. Teenage guys, in particular, teen athletes may feel like they need to be bigger, stronger, and faster. Some teens may find themselves taking vitamin supplements, proteins, or weight gain powders to go along with their workouts. Unfortunately, some teens may take things a step further, finding performance-enhancing drugs, or steroids to be the “answer”.

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Why Do Teens Do Drugs?

The thought that our children could be using drugs is a terrifying one. We’re looking for any signs of drug use, from smelling their breath to searching through their room or book bag.

While we’re on the hunt to learn about our teens and the drugs they may be using, let’s not forget one of the most important steps: identifying why teens might use drugs in the first place. Continue reading “Why Do Teens Do Drugs?” »

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Right Around the Corner

We have written much about the prescription drug epidemic facing our nation as well as our local community. Both Missouri and Kansas are affected by the misuse of prescription medications, and though some lawmakers are striving to make changes to combat abuse, the road has been difficult.

As an individual, it might be hard for you to see your place in the fight against prescription drug abuse. One thing you can do involves properly disposing of your prescription medication.

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STDs More Common in Teen Drug and Alcohol Users

Teens who engage in alcohol or drug abuse are putting their health in jeopardy. Substance abuse can damage almost every organ, and even a short period of using drugs and alcohol can have a long-term impact. As well as the problems caused by alcohol or drugs, there are additional risks associated with the lifestyle of substance abuse. One of these dangers is a sexually transmitted disease. Continue reading “STDs More Common in Teen Drug and Alcohol Users” »

What Parents Need to Know about Marijuana

Marijuana is the #1 drug used in this country, even among teens. And although there’s a wave of synthetic drugs going around, most teens are still using and experimenting with the traditional form of marijuana. Although many ballot measures may lead you to believe it’s harmless, or “natural” if you will, studies show its detrimental effects on adults and teens alike. This highly addictive drug can have some major consequences.

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Trial Shows Continued Drug Use Reduced by Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) has demonstrated advantages over group residential placement for teen girls. Findings from a follow-up to a NIDA-supported trial (2015) indicate that these advantages extend to a reduction in illegal drug use in early adulthood. Continue reading “Trial Shows Continued Drug Use Reduced by Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care” »

How You Can Help Your Teen Land a Great Summer Job

Most teens have their minds on relaxing at the pool and spending time with friends. As a parent, you can help your teen secure a good summer job and keep their mind goal-oriented. Here are tips for assisting your teen in finding a great summer job.

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Could Your Teen Be Dealing Drugs?

It can be somewhat easy to find out whether or not your teen is using drugs, all you need to do is pay attention to their behavior and significant changes. It can be much more difficult to determine whether or not your child is dealing drugs. If they aren’t using drugs as well, you might not know what to look for in their behavior or when looking through their room. Keep reading for some of the top signs that your teenager is dealing. Continue reading “Could Your Teen Be Dealing Drugs?” »

Could Your Teen Be Experimenting with Meth?

Methamphetamine has been around for a while. It’s an extremely addictive drug known as speed, crank, glass, ice, or crystal, despite the fact that it never physically looks like the latter three terms. In fact, you never really know what can be in meth — there is the pseudoephedrine that is always present but it can contain random household chemicals (i.e. drain cleaner, battery acid, lye, lantern fuel, and antifreeze), dirt, and even animal feces.  Continue reading “Could Your Teen Be Experimenting with Meth?” »

Drug-Impaired Driving is Just as Bad as Drinking and Driving

teen who is drug impaired grabbing car keys to drive somewhere

Everybody knows that drinking and driving is dangerous. The legal and often deadly consequences make it very clear that drunk driving is against the law. With more teenagers using marijuana and the opiate epidemic engulfing the country, there has now been a rise in reports of drugged driving.  Continue reading “Drug-Impaired Driving is Just as Bad as Drinking and Driving” »