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Scientists Find Connection Between Drugs & Concussions

Concussions are often called a “silent epidemic,” affecting thousands of teens every year. More than 173,000 children and young adults are seen by doctors every year due to brain injuries, including concussions. A study from 2013 claimed that teens who smoke pot and drink alcohol, even rarely, have more of a risk of getting a concussion than their peers who don’t participate in these illicit activities. Test Smartly Labs digs into this study to hear what the experts have to say.  Continue reading “Scientists Find Connection Between Drugs & Concussions” »

Music Festival Guide 101: Drug Slang

During the summer, it seems like every week has a new music festival. These concerts are enjoyable and they draw in music-loving teens and adolescents across the nation. Unfortunately, music festivals can also be a hub for drug use. Continue reading “Music Festival Guide 101: Drug Slang” »

Students Need to Be Aware of Date Rape Drugs

With high school and college parties happening everywhere around the country and news stories about sexual assaults in the media, it’s frightening to imagine the data on date rape and drugs. So, prior to going to a party, club, show or allowing your child to go, study the evidence here and identify how to stay prepared. Continue reading “Students Need to Be Aware of Date Rape Drugs” »

Synthetic Drug Use Among Teens: A Growing Problem Nationwide

Though we wish the news this time of year with the start of summer was fun and bright, there is nothing joyful about synthetic drug use — especially when it comes to the death of adolescents.

It’s happened before in Kansas City, and now, other towns, states, and parents are undergoing the misfortune of teen death and overdose due to synthetic drugs.

Here’s what KC parents need to understand about the spread of synthetic drugs.

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42% of Millennials Know Someone Who is Addicted to Opioids

A recent poll found that 42% of millennials know someone who has struggled with opioid addiction. This is a scary number when you consider that opioid use and addiction to other illegal substances are highly correlated events. Find out what this growing epidemic means for coming generations, and what we can do to slow the tide. Continue reading “42% of Millennials Know Someone Who is Addicted to Opioids” »

What to Do if You Think Your Teen is the Victim of Date Rape Drugs

Sadly, no matter the precautions a parent or teenager takes when in a social setting, sexual assault is all too common in the United States. If you think your teen has been the victim of a sexual assault where date rape drugs were involved, you need to know the proper steps to take next.

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Student-Athletes Transitioning from Painkillers to Heroin

Most parents of student-athletes are focused on their teen’s performance and enjoyment of their sport. Most worries center around the number of touchdowns scored and college scholarships offered. However, when parents and student-athletes get hyper-focused on performance, stress and injuries can contribute to a dangerous habit that destroys changes of major league success: addiction.

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Drug Monitoring is No Sweat with the Sweat Patch

If you’ve ever suspected your teen of drug abuse, you know it’s one of the most nervewracking experiences a parent can face. Things only get more complicated if you find out your suspicions are true. It’s difficult to wonder if your teen is doing drugs, but what do you do when drug abuse is confirmed? Luckily, there are tools that exist to help, like the sweat patch, which is a great new testing mechanism and drug deterrent for your teen. Continue reading “Drug Monitoring is No Sweat with the Sweat Patch” »

What Do I Do if My Teen Gets an STD?

Test Smartly Labs is driven to educate parents on all issues that may affect with their teens’ health. We don’t just deal with drug and alcohol testing; we also provide safe and confidential STD testing. The best way to protect your children is to be fully informed on how you can help them prevent STDs, or how to best help them if they already have one.  Continue reading “What Do I Do if My Teen Gets an STD?” »

Scientists May Have Found a Way to Prevent Drug Relapse

Researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has recently identified which brain circuit is involved in a drug use relapse when effective behavioral treatments for drug addiction (contingency management) have been discontinued. Continue reading “Scientists May Have Found a Way to Prevent Drug Relapse” »