STDs More Common in Teen Drug and Alcohol Users

Teens who engage in alcohol or drug abuse are putting their health in jeopardy. Substance abuse can damage almost every organ, and even a short period of using drugs and alcohol can have a long-term impact. As well as the problems caused by alcohol or drugs, there are additional risks associated with the lifestyle of substance abuse. One of these dangers is a sexually transmitted disease. Continue reading “STDs More Common in Teen Drug and Alcohol Users” »

Trial Shows Continued Drug Use Reduced by Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) has demonstrated advantages over group residential placement for teen girls. Findings from a follow-up to a NIDA-supported trial (2015) indicate that these advantages extend to a reduction in illegal drug use in early adulthood. Continue reading “Trial Shows Continued Drug Use Reduced by Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care” »

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 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” »

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!” »

Are You Concerned That Your Teenager is Abusing Opioids?

 

As the opioid epidemic rages on teens remain at a higher risk. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), seven out of ten teens who abuse prescription opiates will mix them with other drugs and alcohol at one point. Besides the obvious danger, each substance enhances the effects of the other, including the liver’s ability to manage the process of detoxification.  Continue reading “Are You Concerned That Your Teenager is Abusing Opioids?” »

The Link Between Drug Abuse, Risky Behavior, & STDs

 

As teenagers and college students settle back into the school routine and make new friends, they may begin to have new interests. While sports and art are great activities to participate in, a portion of teens and young adults will engage in using drugs and alcohol. Continue reading “The Link Between Drug Abuse, Risky Behavior, & STDs” »

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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