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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Protecting Your Teen from Fentanyl: Here’s What You Need to Know

Opioid use has grown rapidly among teen and young adults in the United States. Parents need to learn how to recognize the signs of prescription drug abuse, but there’s an even more dangerous killer on the loose: fentanyl. Understanding the risks of fentanyl and its effect can help parents educate their teens on staying away from this deadly drug.  Continue reading “Protecting Your Teen from Fentanyl: Here’s What You Need to Know” »

What’s The Big Deal about Bath Salts?

Synthetic drugs may seem less serious than their real counterparts, but that’s simply not the case. Teens using bath salts may try to convince their parents that the drug is harmless because it is easy to obtain them in some stores or via online merchants. However, these synthetic drugs are very dangerous, so much so that the DEA has released a ban on bath salts. Continue reading “What’s The Big Deal about Bath Salts?” »

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” »

Summertime Blues: Why Teens Drink More in the Summer

Schools in the Kansas City metro will soon be releasing for summer break but new freedom can be dangerous. Teens drink more heavily in the summer than during the school year for a variety of reasons.  Continue reading “Summertime Blues: Why Teens Drink More in the Summer” »

Do You Know What Your Kid is Vaping?

Nearly one-third of seventeen to eighteen-year-olds reported that they used a vape in 2017. While this trend may seem like the height of popularity for some teens, the potential dangers of using a vape aren’t quite worth the risk. Continue reading “Do You Know What Your Kid is Vaping?” »

Safe Spring Break Alternatives For Teens

Spring break is generally just a time for teens to hang out at home for a week and treasure their time not sitting in class. Whether they decide to go on a road trip, play video games, or just watch movies, your teen could be tempted to party at a friend’s house where alcohol and other drugs are present. Continue reading “Safe Spring Break Alternatives For Teens” »

Should Teen Athletes Be Prescribed Painkillers?

Young athletes at the peak of their performance are often told to push through the pain of an injury. This usually means popping more and more prescription painkillers every day. Experts believe that the 22,000 Americans dying each year due to painkiller addiction (National Safety Council) are athletes who got hooked after suffering injuries. Continue reading “Should Teen Athletes Be Prescribed Painkillers?” »

Teen Suspended for Unidentified Illness

A Pasadena Independent School District student was suspended for allegedly using drugs. Police officers came to the school and administered the pen test and a balance test, concluding that the student was under the influence of an unidentified substance. Continue reading “Teen Suspended for Unidentified Illness” »