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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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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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” »