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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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” »

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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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” »

Protecting Your Teen from Fentanyl: Here’s What You Need to Know

Opioid use has grown rapidly among teen and young adults in the United States. Parents need to learn how to recognize the signs of prescription drug abuse, but there’s an even more dangerous killer on the loose: fentanyl. Understanding the risks of fentanyl and its effect can help parents educate their teens on staying away from this deadly drug.  Continue reading “Protecting Your Teen from Fentanyl: Here’s What You Need to Know” »

Should Teen Athletes Be Prescribed Painkillers?

Young athletes at the peak of their performance are often told to push through the pain of an injury. This usually means popping more and more prescription painkillers every day. Experts believe that the 22,000 Americans dying each year due to painkiller addiction (National Safety Council) are athletes who got hooked after suffering injuries. Continue reading “Should Teen Athletes Be Prescribed Painkillers?” »

Teen Suspended for Unidentified Illness

A Pasadena Independent School District student was suspended for allegedly using drugs. Police officers came to the school and administered the pen test and a balance test, concluding that the student was under the influence of an unidentified substance. Continue reading “Teen Suspended for Unidentified Illness” »