The Most Common Reasons Teens Abuse Drugs

 

Teen drug abuse goes beyond alcohol and marijuana. Today, all it takes for many teens to be able to get high is to take a look through their parents’ medical cabinets, and many parents are unaware that their kids may be taking advantage of seemingly harmless prescription bottles at home. Kids as young as 12 and 13 abuse prescription medications at higher rates than other drugs. These adolescents often don’t realize all the dangers of prescription drugs because they are not illegal and are prescribed by doctors. Prescription drugs don’t have the same stigmas of danger as drugs like heroin or cocaine. Continue reading “The Most Common Reasons Teens Abuse Drugs” »

Here’s Why Alcohol Abuse is Prevalent Among Teens

Underage drinking is a problem that affects many teens across the U.S. Adolescents often don’t understand all the dangers that consuming alcohol can have, especially since their brains have not developed for the ability to assess risk. Teens are also likely to binge drink, which is the most dangerous form of drinking. In addition, teens can get into a great deal of legal trouble if caught drinking underage. Continue reading “Here’s Why Alcohol Abuse is Prevalent Among Teens” »

The Consequences of Adolescent Drug Abuse

 

The age of adolescence, between 13-18, when a person will undergo physiological and psychological changes is an extraordinarily important time. A time to explore new ideas, beliefs and develop unique personalities but, sometimes, this branching out from a comfort zone can lead to risky new territories. Experimentation gone too far can wreak havoc on a brain that is still in development. Continue reading “The Consequences of Adolescent Drug Abuse” »

Rising Marijuana Legalization Laws Do Affect Teen Drug Use

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana have grown over the last decade. Altogether, 33 states have some sort of legalized marijuana laws on the books. Only a small amount of the states have legalized for recreational use and most of them have only decriminalized possession of small amounts or growing a few cannabis plants. So the question now has to be asked, is it easier for teenagers to get marijuana and will the numbers of teens smoking marijuana rise? Continue reading “Rising Marijuana Legalization Laws Do Affect Teen Drug Use” »

Millennials and Their Parents Hit Hardest By Opioid Crisis

 

Recently, Columbia University discovered that Millennials and Baby Boomers appear to be the age groups hardest hit by the opioid crisis. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), over 2 million Americans were abusing opioids in 2015, including heroin and prescription opioids, such as painkillers like Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone) and codeine. Continue reading “Millennials and Their Parents Hit Hardest By Opioid Crisis” »

How Does Binge Eating Affect Drug Use?

Binge eating is a problem in the United States. Not only because obesity is a growing problem (even among teens) but because research indicates that it can lead to drug use. Continue reading “How Does Binge Eating Affect Drug Use?” »

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” »