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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Teaching Your Kids to Handle Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is an unfortunate daily reality for most children and teens. Your children are getting ready for the new school year where they will face continuous pressure from their classmates and friends. School year peer pressure is much different from summer pressure. As you help your children prepare for a new school environment, be aware of what they are facing.

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The Scary World of Teen Sexual Habits

Teenagers’ sexual habits are not every parent’s favorite topic. However, if parents are being honest, they do have some desire to keep up with what’s going on with their kids. While you may have discussed the birds and the bees years ago, it can still be uncomfortable to talk about with your teen. Although statistics are just numbers, they can help settle some parental fears. No statistic exactly represents your kid, but they may open the door to an honest conversation with your teen about sex. Continue reading “The Scary World of Teen Sexual Habits” »

The Scary Gender Disparity Associated with Opioid Abuse

A recent study found that women run a higher risk of having certain traits that lead to opioid overdose, such as depression, anxiety, and other factors. These factors demonstrate to researchers that while women are not necessarily more susceptible to drug overdose for other reasons, there are more stressors associated with women that could lead to opioid overdose. If you notice some of these traits in your teen daughter, contact Test Smartly Labs immediately to schedule a drug test for your teen.
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Understanding Teenage Drug Slang

There is a unique terminology when it comes to drugs. There is an unending list for drugs and drug usage. Although one person will never know all of the drug terms for each drug and drug user, it’s vital for parents to understand the “drug slang” so that they can know the references their teen is using to secretly talk about strange topics. Continue reading “Understanding Teenage Drug Slang” »

Helping Parents of Teens Understand Synthetic Drugs

Unlike the peasant blouses and platform shoes that debuted in the 1970s and made their return in the 1990s, the drugs that teens experiment with today are not the same as the drugs from a few decades ago. Parents of teens may suspect drug use among their teens, but it’s important to know that teens in 2018 and beyond may be using new types of harmful, dangerous drugs. Continue reading “Helping Parents of Teens Understand Synthetic Drugs” »

Is Your Teen Ready to be at Home Alone?

At some point, all parents wonder whether or not their teen is prepared to be left at home alone.

Some adults might think that good grades are an indicator that their child is ready to be more independent but there are many other factors to consider. That’s because being home alone can sometimes be a dangerous first step toward engaging in riskier behaviors.

If you’re trying to decide whether your teen is ready to stay at home unsupervised, make sure you consider all the factors.

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Using Social Media to Tell if Your Teen is Using Drugs

While social media websites encourage interaction for the users, it’s easy for parents to feel more disconnected from their teens than ever. Social media sites like Facebook are just one of the many concerns that should be on a parent’s mind. Cyberbullying, sharing inappropriate photos or videos, and even buying drugs online, are just some of the ways that teens can easily get into dangerous situations while using social media. Continue reading “Using Social Media to Tell if Your Teen is Using Drugs” »

Parents: Would You Recognize This Drug Paraphernalia?

It is vital for parents to understand what unconventional drug paraphernalia looks like so that if you encounter any in your child’s room, you’ll know what you’re seeing. Everyone knows what marijuana pipes and bongs look like, but could you recognize the everyday objects that drug abusers sometimes use?

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Drugged Teen Drivers: A Growing Threat

Drunk drivers aren’t the only thing you need to watch out for on the road. There has been a significant rise in the number of fatal accidents, and many of the drivers responsible are testing positive for prescription drugs.

Unfortunately, the rate of prescription drug abuse among teens is rising. In 2017, 16.5% of high school seniors reported that they used prescription drugs for recreational purposes.

The combination of inexperienced drivers and prescription drugs could prove to be deadly. Here’s what you need to know about this unfortunate pattern.

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