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” »

What to Do if You Think Your Teen is the Victim of Date Rape Drugs

Sadly, no matter the precautions a parent or teenager takes when in a social setting, sexual assault is all too common in the United States. If you think your teen has been the victim of a sexual assault where date rape drugs were involved, you need to know the proper steps to take next.

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Drug Monitoring is No Sweat with the Sweat Patch

If you’ve ever suspected your teen of drug abuse, you know it’s one of the most nervewracking experiences a parent can face. Things only get more complicated if you find out your suspicions are true. It’s difficult to wonder if your teen is doing drugs, but what do you do when drug abuse is confirmed? Luckily, there are tools that exist to help, like the sweat patch, which is a great new testing mechanism and drug deterrent for your teen. Continue reading “Drug Monitoring is No Sweat with the Sweat Patch” »

How Drug Use Has Changed Since the Baby Boomer & Generation X Days

Test Smartly Labs hears excuses every day as to why general testing or specific drug testing isn’t needed. When parents make these arguments, they might say:

“My teen doesn’t run with a bad crowd.”

“My kid can’t get drugs.”

“We live in the suburbs, so drugs aren’t an issue.”

“My child’s too young for drugs to be a concern.”

Sadly, many parents make these objections based on their knowledge of how drug use was in their teenage years. The Baby Boomers and Generation X grew up in a different time, and their thoughts about how teens use drugs are generally incorrect.

Parents need to be aware of how teen drug use has changed in the last 60 years. Here are some of the most noticeable ways:

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Finding Rehab for Your Drug-Using Teen

Parents dread the day that they have to admit that their teen has a drug problem. Some parents pick up the cues straight away while others remain unaware or in denial for a long time. However, every parent that has helped their teen down the road to recovery knows the dreaded feeling of putting their foot down and demanding their teen go to rehab and get help. Continue reading “Finding Rehab for Your Drug-Using Teen” »