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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How Substance Abuse Affects Judgment

Substance abuse problems are often accompanied by many physical and psychological issues. Drugs have a detrimental effect on their bodies, and it’s no surprise that many drugs can influence the user’s mood. However, many people don’t realize that drug and alcohol use can have a negative effect on their ability to make judgments. A new study suggests that this may go beyond simply engaging in risky behavior while under the effects of drugs.

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Why Your School Needs Athletic Testing for Steroids

Did you know that as many as 1 in 20 teens use steroids to increase muscle mass and improve their athletic performance? As the numbers show, you may be wrong if you think that your school does not need random steroid testing. Athletic testing not only helps to put a stop to teen steroid use but also prevents teens from beginning steroids at all.

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Signs Your Teenager Might be Using Drugs

What do you do if you notice a rapid change in your teen’s behavior and appearance? Their friends are coming around the house acting stand-off-ish and it seems like they all have a secret. As parents, it’s important to know the signs to look for when it comes to teenage drug use. Continue reading “Signs Your Teenager Might be Using Drugs” »

Doctors Say “Being Cool” Has Long-Term Negative Consequences

Being a teenager is rough. Popularity, peer pressure, puberty, and college prep all present a number of stressful situations for your teen to navigate. It’s no surprise that many teens turn to drug or alcohol abuse as a way to cope with these stressors or to fit in with “the cool kids.”

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Why Teens Turn to Drug Abuse

If your teen is abusing drugs, it’s easy to be angry, frustrated, and to blame yourself. As your child’s guardian, your job is to teach them what’s healthy and what’s harmful.

Of course, every parent knows and expects teenage rebellion. Even if you’ve done your best to teach your kids the dangers of drugs, they still might experiment. This experimentation can spiral out of control into drug abuse.

Why are today’s teens so at-risk for drug abuse? We’re exploring some factors that contribute to drug and alcohol abuse among this generation.

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