Modern Teen Drug Use: Signs & Slang


You are never going to know every term for drugs or recognize all of the signs of abuse, but it is important as a parent or guardian that you stay as up-to-date as you can. Parents: this is important information, keep reading. Continue reading “Modern Teen Drug Use: Signs & Slang” »

Could Your Teen Be a Drug Dealer?

It can be somewhat easy to find out whether or not your teen is using drugs, all you need to do is pay attention to their behavior and significant changes. It can be much more difficult to determine whether or not your child is dealing drugs. If they aren’t using drugs as well, you might not know what to look for in their behavior or when looking through their room. Keep reading for some of the top signs that your teenager is dealing. Continue reading “Could Your Teen Be a Drug Dealer?” »

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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How Social Media Can Tell if Your Teen is Using Drugs

Social Media: A New Era for Teen Drug Use

Although social media websites were designed to encourage interaction, as a parent, it’s easy for social media to make you feel more disconnected from your teen than ever.

Social media sites are just one of the many concerns that should be on a parent’s radar. From being the victim of cyberbullying, to sharing inappropriate photos or videos, or even buying drugs online, teensocial media s can easily get into dangerous situations while using social media platforms.

As a parent, it’s important to keep open lines of communication between you and your teenager. Still, sometimes despite what you do, your teen may not be open and honest with you. If you are worried about your teen using drugs, their social media profiles may be one way to monitor their health and safety.

Using Social Media to See if Your Teen is Using Drugs


We have written before about teens using social media sites like Instagram to buy drugs. Instagram, which focuses on posting pictures, has become one of the most popular social media sites for teens. Many teens leave their profiles open to the public, meaning that you may be able to see what they are posting without “following” them. Here are some signs to watch for on Instagram that may point to drug use:

  • Posting pictures that show drug paraphernalia

  • Pictures at parties where there appears to be underage drinking or smoke-filled rooms

  • Use of hashtags, such as #420, which is a reference to the use of marijuana, or #pyrex, which is a reference to the use of glass pyrex dishes to make crack cocaine–not your grandmother’s vintage casserole dishes!


Facebook remains a popular social media site for teens and adults alike. As a more established site, you may already have access to your teen’s profile by being “friends” when them. If so, you can monitor what they post on their own and on their friends’ profiles, and what posts they are tagged in. Facebook might give you more information, because unlike Instagram, teens post more than just pictures. They post status updates, events, and they talk to their friends on this social media site. Look for the same types of pictures you’d monitor for on Instagram: drug paraphernalia, alcohol, and parties.


Twitter is another popular social media site for teens. Many celebrities use Twitter, which increases its popularity among teens. Like on Instagram, the use of hashtags to describe their posts is very common on Twitter. Look out for hashtags like #420 and #pyrex, as well as other slang references for drugs, including Crank (meth), Special K (ketamine), and Triple C or CCC (Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold).

Don’t let drugs ruin your teen’s future. Contact Test Smartly Labs of Kansas City for accurate drug testing for your teen. Call (816) 875-0464 today.


Tips for Your School Drug Testing Program

In our last post, we shared that many school systems are looking to create school drug testing programs.

If you’re a parent or educator, you probably have an interest in school drug testing and how it can help combat dangerous teen drug use.

But a drug testing program is only effective if it’s smart. We’re sharing some tips for creating an effective school drug testing program.

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Is Staying Up Late Upping Your Teen’s Risk for Substance Abuse?

It turns out that grogginess, excessive naps, and wearing PJs all day aren’t the only side effects that occur when teens don’t get enough sleep — a recently-released study connects teens’ poor sleep habits with more high-risk behavior, including drug and alcohol use.

Here’s what Kansas City parents need to know about how a good night’s sleep can affect their teen’s behaviors.

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Watch Out, Parents: Your Teens Face Risks at New Year’s Eve Parties

2015 is just around the corner, parents — and if you haven’t already, it’s time to talk about your teen’s New Year’s Eve plans.

Kansas City area parents may think that they don’t have much to worry about in suburbs like Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, or Liberty, but this isn’t true: New Year’s Eve parties can be dangerous for teens no matter how safe the area seems.

Here’s what parents should chat with their teens about before they ring in 2015!

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Parents, Do You Know How to Dispose of Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise nationwide, and many communities, public health officials, and parents are expressing concern over the increase.

As a parent, it’s your job to monitor your child to make sure that they’re not turning to prescription drug abuse to get high. One of the best ways you can do this is by properly disposing of your prescription drugs.

Here’s the how-to on getting rid of your outdated or unwanted medications in a safe way.

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Kansas City Parents, Join the Fight Against Synthetic Drugs

Previously we’ve reported on the dangers that synthetic drugs pose to teens and other users, including fatality. One of the most challenging aspects of the fight against synthetic drugs such as bath salts, acid, and K2 is the fact that manufacturers find ways around Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) restrictions to continue producing technically legal products. By using new compounds not yet deemed illegal by the DEA, the makers of synthetic drugs can continue selling their potentially fatal products to teens.

If you’re a parent who wants to stand up against synthetic drugs, Test Smartly Labs of Kansas City has some suggestions for how to do so.

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Parents, Know the Signs of Heroin Use

Recently, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s heroin-induced death made the headlines. People pronounced his death tragic and surprising, although the actor had struggled for years with heroin use.

Hoffman’s death has undoubtedly raised awareness about heroin use, but people still may not realize that heroin is not a drug limited to celebrities or urban gangs. Nationwide and even here in Kansas City, heroin use among suburban teens and adults is on the rise.

If you are a parent, it’s key that you understand the facts about heroin and learn to recognize the signs of heroin use among your teens.

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