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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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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” »