Teen Drug Abuse & Delinquency Drop Over the Past Decade

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have analyzed over a decade of data and come to a surprising conclusion. The results of the national survey indicate that teens have become far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine, and illicit drugs; they’re also less likely to engage in delinquent behaviors, like fighting or stealing. Continue reading “Teen Drug Abuse & Delinquency Drop Over the Past Decade” »

Students: Be Aware of Date Rape Drugs

With high school and college parties going on all over the country and headlines about sexual assaults in the news, it’s scary to image the statistics on date rape and drugs. So, before going to a party, club, concert or letting your child go, learn the facts here and know how to stay alert. Continue reading “Students: Be Aware of Date Rape Drugs” »

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” »

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Reduces Continued Drug Use

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 “Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Reduces Continued Drug Use” »

Help Keep Your Kids From Using Drugs & Alcohol Over Spring Break

You can’t watch your kids every second of every day, but for the most part, school and other activities keep them out of trouble. However, if you are a parent who works and cannot be around to supervise during your child’s Spring Break, then there are some things that need to be considered. Continue reading “Help Keep Your Kids From Using Drugs & Alcohol Over Spring Break” »

A New Approach to Preventing Continued Drug Abuse

Teen drug abuse has been a difficult problem to prevent for a while. Drug abuse in adolescence often results to a continued dependency in adulthood. New research from a long-term study done by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia suggests that programs geared towards improved impulse control are the best method to prevent teen substance abuse. Continue reading “A New Approach to Preventing Continued Drug Abuse” »

How Iceland Curbed Teen Substance Abuse

Twenty years ago, Icelandic teenagers were some of the heaviest drinking kids in Europe. People were even afraid to walk down the streets of Reykjavik on a weekend because “There were hordes of teenagers getting in-your-face drunk.” Now, the streets are all but abandon because Iceland figured out how to help their youth population. Continue reading “How Iceland Curbed Teen Substance Abuse” »

A Guide for Parents: Preventing Alcohol Use During the Holidays


On an average day in June, July and December, over 11,000 teens will use alcohol for the first time. This is about double the amount in other months. One thing these months have in common is that these are school-free vacation times. If you have teenagers, you might be worried about leaving them home alone while you are at work, out shopping or a party at night. Whether your child has had drug and alcohol trouble before or not, you want to make sure they are safe when you’re away. Continue reading “A Guide for Parents: Preventing Alcohol Use During the Holidays” »

Supporting Your Teen After Drug Treatment



According to the CDC, 50-90 percent of drug abusers will relapse in the first four years of being clean. Parents need to understand how to go about supporting their adolescent after they come home from a drug treatment program. Continue reading “Supporting Your Teen After Drug Treatment” »

Red Ribbon Week at Test Smartly Labs

2016_yolo-_be_drug_freeRed Ribbon Week

Test Smartly Labs is proud to announce their partnership with National Family Partnership as a sponsor of the 2016 Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest.  Test Smartly Labs is a full-service national third-party provider/administrator providing Accurate,Reliable, and Confidential drug, alcohol, DNA and steroid testing, employment/background and wellness screening and corporate wellness programs.

This year Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 23-31, 2016.

About the Event

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the United States.  Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education. Participants also pledge a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being a drug free America.
How You Can Participate

Enter The Red Ribbon Photo Contest !


  1. Families: Decorate your HOME front door, mailbox or fence – be sure to include a Red Ribbon (double-looped) and this year’s theme: “YOLO. Be Drug Free.” Submit your photo per instructions below.
  2. Schools: Decorate your SCHOOL campus – be sure to include a Red Ribbon (double-looped) and this year’s theme: “YOLO. Be Drug Free.” Submit your photo per instructions below.

Snap a Photo & Upload: Take a picture of your Red Ribbon decoration (preferably with people in it!) and upload to www.redribbon.org between October 1 and November 2, 2016. You must be 18 years old to enter, so parents (or for school entries, school staff or PTA members) must submit the photos.

GET VOTES! Ask your friends, family, colleagues and school contacts to vote for your photo at www.redribbon.org .  The last day to vote is November 17!

Top 10 Family Entries and School Entries with the most votes will win an iPad and $1,000 for a local K-12 school.  Plus, ARCpoint Franchise Group is presenting an additional $1000 to a winning school in one of our local markets (unduplicated).

Get Started Today! For more details and a list of terms and conditions, visit www.redribbon.org.

Drop by an Test Smartly Labs location near you to take the Red Ribbon pledge!Test Smartly Labs will provide pledge forms at each of our locations – making it easy for you and your child to take the Red Ribbon pledge. We’ll even hang a red ribbon pledge card with your name in honor of the pledge! Pick one up on your next visit.

Stay tuned and visit us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on 2016 Red Ribbon Week.