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Could Your Teen Be Experimenting with Meth?

Methamphetamine has been around for a while. It’s an extremely addictive drug known as speed, crank, glass, ice, or crystal, despite the fact that it never physically looks like the latter three terms. In fact, you never really know what can be in meth — there is the pseudoephedrine that is always present but it can contain random household chemicals (i.e. drain cleaner, battery acid, lye, lantern fuel, and antifreeze), dirt, and even animal feces.  Continue reading “Could Your Teen Be Experimenting with Meth?” »

Drug-Impaired Driving is Just as Bad as Drinking and Driving

teen who is drug impaired grabbing car keys to drive somewhere

Everybody knows that drinking and driving is dangerous. The legal and often deadly consequences make it very clear that drunk driving is against the law. With more teenagers using marijuana and the opiate epidemic engulfing the country, there has now been a rise in reports of drugged driving.  Continue reading “Drug-Impaired Driving is Just as Bad as Drinking and Driving” »

Parents: How to Spot Opiate Abuse

How to Spot Opiate Abuse

From a very young age, it is drilled into our heads that heroin is bad. However, we are also taught to trust professional adults like doctors and to listen to what they say. If a teen gets an injury and is prescribed an opiate painkiller or they just hear that taking them can get them high, they are more likely to believe it is safe. If your child found heroin in your medicine cabinet, they would be terrified, but because the feeling towards opiates is not as worrisome is causing a deadly crisis. Continue reading “Parents: How to Spot Opiate Abuse” »

The Dangers of Fentanyl (and why Teens Abuse it)

The dangers of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is an opioid that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, just 2 milligrams of powdered fentanyl can be deadly. Last year, authorities seized at least 668 kilograms of fentanyl — that’s enough to kill every American. Continue reading “The Dangers of Fentanyl (and why Teens Abuse it)” »

Parents Should Be Aware of These Drug Hiding Spots

Teens can always find a creative way to hide their drugs. It’s not a subject we wish on any parent, but if we can help prevent your child from making the wrong decisions, we’re going to help. Some of the places may seem obvious, but other places could surprise you. Take a look at this list and be aware where your kids’ drugs may be hiding. Continue reading “Parents Should Be Aware of These Drug Hiding Spots” »

Recognize When Your Teen Has a Fake ID

If your teen has a drinking problem, it’s bad news. But what’s even more bad news is the steps that he or she might have taken to encourage that little problem. Fake IDs are nothing new and today’s teens still find ways to obtain one. While each teenager will tell a different story about how they got theirs and where it came from, the story is the same:  they’re up to no good. If you’re a concerned parent, read on to learn some tips for recognizing if your teen is using a fake ID. Next week we’ll cover how to spot a fake ID. Continue reading “Recognize When Your Teen Has a Fake ID” »

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” »