Is Your Teenager 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 “Is Your Teenager Abusing Opioids?” »

Is Your Teenager Using 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 “Is Your Teenager Using Meth?” »

Fentanyl: A Big Part of the Opiate Epidemic

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 “Fentanyl: A Big Part of the Opiate Epidemic” »

Red Ribbon Week at Test Smartly Labs

2016_yolo-_be_drug_freeRed Ribbon Week

Test Smartly Labs is proud to announce their partnership with National Family Partnership as a sponsor of the 2016 Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest.  Test Smartly Labs is a full-service national third-party provider/administrator providing Accurate,Reliable, and Confidential drug, alcohol, DNA and steroid testing, employment/background and wellness screening and corporate wellness programs.

This year Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 23-31, 2016.

About the Event

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the United States.  Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education. Participants also pledge a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being a drug free America.
How You Can Participate

Enter The Red Ribbon Photo Contest !


  1. Families: Decorate your HOME front door, mailbox or fence – be sure to include a Red Ribbon (double-looped) and this year’s theme: “YOLO. Be Drug Free.” Submit your photo per instructions below.
  2. Schools: Decorate your SCHOOL campus – be sure to include a Red Ribbon (double-looped) and this year’s theme: “YOLO. Be Drug Free.” Submit your photo per instructions below.

Snap a Photo & Upload: Take a picture of your Red Ribbon decoration (preferably with people in it!) and upload to between October 1 and November 2, 2016. You must be 18 years old to enter, so parents (or for school entries, school staff or PTA members) must submit the photos.

GET VOTES! Ask your friends, family, colleagues and school contacts to vote for your photo at .  The last day to vote is November 17!

Top 10 Family Entries and School Entries with the most votes will win an iPad and $1,000 for a local K-12 school.  Plus, ARCpoint Franchise Group is presenting an additional $1000 to a winning school in one of our local markets (unduplicated).

Get Started Today! For more details and a list of terms and conditions, visit

Drop by an Test Smartly Labs location near you to take the Red Ribbon pledge!Test Smartly Labs will provide pledge forms at each of our locations – making it easy for you and your child to take the Red Ribbon pledge. We’ll even hang a red ribbon pledge card with your name in honor of the pledge! Pick one up on your next visit.

Stay tuned and visit us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on 2016 Red Ribbon Week.

When is Your Teen Ready to be Home Alone?

At some point, all parents are confronted with the question of whether or not their teen is ready to be left at home alone.

While some adults might think that good grades are an indicator that their child is ready to be more independent, there are actually other things to consider. That’s because being home alone is often a precursor to engaging in risky behavior.

If you’re considering whether your teen is ready to stay at home unsupervised, be sure you consider the following factors.

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What to Do If Your Teen Has a Drug Problem

The teen years are filled with difficulties. That’s particularly true when a young person develops a drug problem.

Often, it’s the adult that is the last one to figure out when their teen has a drug problem. Here are some signs to watch for.

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What Drug Abuse Does to a Teen’s Brain

Drug Abuse Teen Brain

Since the brain continues to develop throughout a person’s twenties, it’s important to understand what that means for drug abuse and alcohol abuse in teenagers. Through the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, experts are able to determine how substance abuse affects a young man or young woman’s development.

This study aims to find similarities in brain functioning among substance abusers so researchers are able to formulate a plan that discourages and reduces risky behavior in teenagers.

Here’s what parents should know about the researchers’ findings thus far.

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Teen Substance Abuse Can be Dangerous Over the Holidays

Teen Substance Abuse

For most teens, the holiday season is a major cause for celebration – mostly due to getting a much-needed break from school. And while for many, it is all innocent fun, for some teenagers, there are more dangerous plans on the agenda, including substance abuse.

As a parent, here’s what you should watch for this winter break.

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Think Teen Substance Use is OK with Parental Knowledge? Not So Fast…

Teen Drug Use

If you’re a parent of a teen, you may think that your teenager’s substance use, including drinking and recreational drug use, is inevitable.

You may even think it’s safer for your teen to use drugs or drink with your consent, rather than doing it behind your back.

While it’s true that there is some reduction of negative consequences when teens use substances with their parents permission, there are still issues with allowing your teen to use drugs and alcohol.

Here’s what parents need to know about letting teens drink and use drugs.

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Watch Out for These Drugs in Your Child’s Trick or Treat Bag


Halloween is meant to be a time when children can enjoy dressing up and scoring treats from friendly neighbors.

Unfortunately, some individuals have turned the holiday into a time when parents need to be extremely vigilant.

We aren’t just talking about your run-of-the-mill tricks like pumpkin smashing, TPing, and other annoying, but relatively harmless pranks. These are more dangerous criminal acts that can endanger the lives of your children if you’re not paying enough attention.

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