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?” »

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Right Around the Corner

We have written much about the prescription drug epidemic facing our nation as well as our local community. Both Missouri and Kansas are affected by the misuse of prescription medications, and though some lawmakers are striving to make changes to combat abuse, the road has been difficult.

As an individual, it might be hard for you to see your place in the fight against prescription drug abuse. One thing you can do involves properly disposing of your prescription medication.

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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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Trial Shows Continued Drug Use Reduced by Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) has demonstrated advantages over group residential placement for teen girls. Findings from a follow-up to a NIDA-supported trial (2015) indicate that these advantages extend to a reduction in illegal drug use in early adulthood. Continue reading “Trial Shows Continued Drug Use Reduced by Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care” »

How You Can Help Your Teen Land a Great Summer Job

Most teens have their minds on relaxing at the pool and spending time with friends. As a parent, you can help your teen secure a good summer job and keep their mind goal-oriented. Here are tips for assisting your teen in finding a great summer job.

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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?” »

Drug-Impaired Driving is Just as Bad as Drinking and Driving

teen who is drug impaired grabbing car keys to drive somewhere

Everybody knows that drinking and driving is dangerous. The legal and often deadly consequences make it very clear that drunk driving is against the law. With more teenagers using marijuana and the opiate epidemic engulfing the country, there has now been a rise in reports of drugged driving.  Continue reading “Drug-Impaired Driving is Just as Bad as Drinking and Driving” »

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” »