How Do You Support Your Teen After Drug Treatment?

 

According to the CDC, 50-90 percent of drug abusers will relapse in the first four years of being clean. Parents need to understand how to go about supporting their adolescent after they come home from a drug treatment program. Continue reading “How Do You Support Your Teen After Drug Treatment?” »

How Do You Know if Your Teen Has a Fake ID?

Some teens will take desperate steps to get some alcohol. They’ve found ways to purchase alcohol online, convince siblings and friends to buy it for them, and share it among themselves at parties. One of the most common ways teens illegally obtain alcohol is with a fake ID. Continue reading “How Do You Know if Your Teen Has a Fake ID?” »

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week with a Photo Contest!

This year, show your support for Red Ribbon Week by entering their annual photo contest! As a full-service third-provider and administrator of alcohol and drug testing, Test Smartly Labs proudly works with parents to educate them about the dangers of teen drug use. We encourage parents to work with their teens this week to find their motivation to stay drug-free and share their photo with the nation.  Continue reading “Celebrate Red Ribbon Week with a Photo Contest!” »

Synthetic Drugs: Legally Lethal

Articles focusing on “legal drugs,” like this one from Shorewood, Illinois have become more frequent over the last few years. Stores across the nation are offering illegal drugs disguised as legal bath salts, incense, potpourri, and other harmless products. Parents don’t consider the dangers because their teens appear to be buying products from retail stores. However, store owners and drug-using teens both know that these “legal” products are actually more dangerous than marijuana.  Continue reading “Synthetic Drugs: Legally Lethal” »

Help Your Teen Find a Hobby to Keep Them Busy

Idle and bored teenagers often get up to the worst trouble. As a parent of teenagers, you may never know that you are doing what’s best and sometimes trying to please your teen can feel like climbing an impossible mountain.

No two teens are alike, but many of them experience the turbulence of puberty when anger and stubborn attitudes are just a part of daily life. Help your teen navigate this stage by working with them to find a hobby that they love. Continue reading “Help Your Teen Find a Hobby to Keep Them Busy” »

Are You Concerned That Your Teenager is Abusing Opioids?

 

As the opioid epidemic rages on teens remain at a higher risk. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), seven out of ten teens who abuse prescription opiates will mix them with other drugs and alcohol at one point. Besides the obvious danger, each substance enhances the effects of the other, including the liver’s ability to manage the process of detoxification.  Continue reading “Are You Concerned That Your Teenager is Abusing Opioids?” »

The Link Between Drug Abuse, Risky Behavior, & STDs

 

As teenagers and college students settle back into the school routine and make new friends, they may begin to have new interests. While sports and art are great activities to participate in, a portion of teens and young adults will engage in using drugs and alcohol. Continue reading “The Link Between Drug Abuse, Risky Behavior, & STDs” »

Teens Need to Steer Clear from “Smiles”

As a drug testing facility in the Kansas City area, it’s our mission to inform you about drug trends in our area as well as around the country. With the growing media coverage surrounding synthetic drugs, more parents are becoming familiar with the latest wave of illegal drug use. Synthetics are extremely dangerous, more potent than “traditional” drugs like marijuana and continue to evolve every day. “Smiles” is just one of the latest synthetic drugs all parents need to know about. Continue reading “Teens Need to Steer Clear from “Smiles”” »

Is Marijuana Use Linked to Testicular Cancer?

A few years ago, a team of researchers at the University of Southern California believed they found a link between marijuana and testicular cancer.  In fact, the study led these researchers to believe that marijuana use amongst teenage males can double the risk of testicular cancer. Continue reading “Is Marijuana Use Linked to Testicular Cancer?” »

Behaviors Linked to Binge Drinking in College Students

It seems like binge drinking and college go hand-in-hand. Minimal scientific research has been done regarding the subject. However, Florida Atlantic University conducted a study aimed at discovering what behavior shows a tendency toward binge drinking. The results are interesting and may help parents be better prepared to provide guidance to college students.

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