How Do You Know if Your Teen Has a Fake ID?

Some teens will take desperate steps to get some alcohol. They’ve found ways to purchase alcohol online, convince siblings and friends to buy it for them, and share it among themselves at parties. One of the most common ways teens illegally obtain alcohol is with a fake ID. Continue reading “How Do You Know if Your Teen Has a Fake ID?” »

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?” »

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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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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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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Drugged Teen Drivers: A Growing Threat

Drunk drivers aren’t the only thing you need to watch out for on the road. There has been a significant rise in the number of fatal accidents, and many of the drivers responsible are testing positive for prescription drugs.

Unfortunately, the rate of prescription drug abuse among teens is rising. In 2017, 16.5% of high school seniors reported that they used prescription drugs for recreational purposes.

The combination of inexperienced drivers and prescription drugs could prove to be deadly. Here’s what you need to know about this unfortunate pattern.

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Scientists Find Connection Between Drugs & Concussions

Concussions are often called a “silent epidemic,” affecting thousands of teens every year. More than 173,000 children and young adults are seen by doctors every year due to brain injuries, including concussions. A study from 2013 claimed that teens who smoke pot and drink alcohol, even rarely, have more of a risk of getting a concussion than their peers who don’t participate in these illicit activities. Test Smartly Labs digs into this study to hear what the experts have to say.  Continue reading “Scientists Find Connection Between Drugs & Concussions” »

Music Festival Guide 101: Drug Slang

During the summer, it seems like every week has a new music festival. These concerts are enjoyable and they draw in music-loving teens and adolescents across the nation. Unfortunately, music festivals can also be a hub for drug use. Continue reading “Music Festival Guide 101: Drug Slang” »