Is Your Teen Doping?

Let’s be real, Mom and Dad…

High school is an “angsty” time for your teenager. They’ve got social problems, they’re trying to be cool, they’re defensive and resistant… Problems seem to be stacking up.

A lot of teens feel like they have to look a certain way. Teenage guys, in particular, teen athletes may feel like they need to be bigger, stronger, and faster. Some teens may find themselves taking vitamin supplements, proteins, or weight gain powders to go along with their workouts. Unfortunately, some teens may take things a step further, finding performance-enhancing drugs, or steroids to be the “answer”.

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Why Do Teens Do Drugs?

The thought that our children could be using drugs is a terrifying one. We’re looking for any signs of drug use, from smelling their breath to searching through their room or book bag.

While we’re on the hunt to learn about our teens and the drugs they may be using, let’s not forget one of the most important steps: identifying why teens might use drugs in the first place. Continue reading “Why Do Teens Do Drugs?” »

What Parents Need to Know about Marijuana

Marijuana is the #1 drug used in this country, even among teens. And although there’s a wave of synthetic drugs going around, most teens are still using and experimenting with the traditional form of marijuana. Although many ballot measures may lead you to believe it’s harmless, or “natural” if you will, studies show its detrimental effects on adults and teens alike. This highly addictive drug can have some major consequences.

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Could Your Teen Be Experimenting with 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 “Could Your Teen Be Experimenting with Meth?” »

Parents Should Be Aware of These Drug Hiding Spots

Teens can always find a creative way to hide their drugs. It’s not a subject we wish on any parent, but if we can help prevent your child from making the wrong decisions, we’re going to help. Some of the places may seem obvious, but other places could surprise you. Take a look at this list and be aware where your kids’ drugs may be hiding. Continue reading “Parents Should Be Aware of These Drug Hiding Spots” »

Recognize When Your Teen Has a Fake ID

If your teen has a drinking problem, it’s bad news. But what’s even more bad news is the steps that he or she might have taken to encourage that little problem. Fake IDs are nothing new and today’s teens still find ways to obtain one. While each teenager will tell a different story about how they got theirs and where it came from, the story is the same:  they’re up to no good. If you’re a concerned parent, read on to learn some tips for recognizing if your teen is using a fake ID. Next week we’ll cover how to spot a fake ID. Continue reading “Recognize When Your Teen Has a Fake ID” »

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?” »

Synthetic Drugs: Legally Lethal

Articles focusing on “legal drugs,” like this one from Shorewood, Illinois have become more frequent over the last few years. Stores across the nation are offering illegal drugs disguised as legal bath salts, incense, potpourri, and other harmless products. Parents don’t consider the dangers because their teens appear to be buying products from retail stores. However, store owners and drug-using teens both know that these “legal” products are actually more dangerous than marijuana.  Continue reading “Synthetic Drugs: Legally Lethal” »

Help Your Teen Find a Hobby to Keep Them Busy

Idle and bored teenagers often get up to the worst trouble. As a parent of teenagers, you may never know that you are doing what’s best and sometimes trying to please your teen can feel like climbing an impossible mountain.

No two teens are alike, but many of them experience the turbulence of puberty when anger and stubborn attitudes are just a part of daily life. Help your teen navigate this stage by working with them to find a hobby that they love. Continue reading “Help Your Teen Find a Hobby to Keep Them Busy” »

Teens Need to Steer Clear from “Smiles”

As a drug testing facility in the Kansas City area, it’s our mission to inform you about drug trends in our area as well as around the country. With the growing media coverage surrounding synthetic drugs, more parents are becoming familiar with the latest wave of illegal drug use. Synthetics are extremely dangerous, more potent than “traditional” drugs like marijuana and continue to evolve every day. “Smiles” is just one of the latest synthetic drugs all parents need to know about. Continue reading “Teens Need to Steer Clear from “Smiles”” »