Understanding Teenage Drug Slang

There is a unique terminology when it comes to drugs. There is an unending list for drugs and drug usage. Although one person will never know all of the drug terms for each drug and drug user, it’s vital for parents to understand the “drug slang” so that they can know the references their teen is using to secretly talk about strange topics. Continue reading “Understanding Teenage Drug Slang” »

Helping Parents of Teens Understand Synthetic Drugs

Unlike the peasant blouses and platform shoes that debuted in the 1970s and made their return in the 1990s, the drugs that teens experiment with today are not the same as the drugs from a few decades ago. Parents of teens may suspect drug use among their teens, but it’s important to know that teens in 2018 and beyond may be using new types of harmful, dangerous drugs. Continue reading “Helping Parents of Teens Understand Synthetic Drugs” »

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” »

Students Need to Be Aware of Date Rape Drugs

With high school and college parties happening everywhere around the country and news stories about sexual assaults in the media, it’s frightening to imagine the data on date rape and drugs. So, prior to going to a party, club, show or allowing your child to go, study the evidence here and identify how to stay prepared. Continue reading “Students Need to Be Aware of Date Rape Drugs” »

Synthetic Drug Use Among Teens: A Growing Problem Nationwide

Though we wish the news this time of year with the start of summer was fun and bright, there is nothing joyful about synthetic drug use — especially when it comes to the death of adolescents.

It’s happened before in Kansas City, and now, other towns, states, and parents are undergoing the misfortune of teen death and overdose due to synthetic drugs.

Here’s what KC parents need to understand about the spread of synthetic drugs.

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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” »