How Substance Abuse Affects Judgment

Substance abuse problems are often accompanied by many physical and psychological issues. Drugs have a detrimental effect on their bodies, and it’s no surprise that many drugs can influence the user’s mood. However, many people don’t realize that drug and alcohol use can have a negative effect on their ability to make judgments. A new study suggests that this may go beyond simply engaging in risky behavior while under the effects of drugs.

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Why Your School Needs Athletic Testing for Steroids

Did you know that as many as 1 in 20 teens use steroids to increase muscle mass and improve their athletic performance? As the numbers show, you may be wrong if you think that your school does not need random steroid testing. Athletic testing not only helps to put a stop to teen steroid use but also prevents teens from beginning steroids at all.

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Teaching Your Kids to Handle Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is an unfortunate daily reality for most children and teens. Your children are getting ready for the new school year where they will face continuous pressure from their classmates and friends. School year peer pressure is much different from summer pressure. As you help your children prepare for a new school environment, be aware of what they are facing.

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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” »

Parents: Would You Recognize This Drug Paraphernalia?

It is vital for parents to understand what unconventional drug paraphernalia looks like so that if you encounter any in your child’s room, you’ll know what you’re seeing. Everyone knows what marijuana pipes and bongs look like, but could you recognize the everyday objects that drug abusers sometimes use?

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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” »

What to Do if You Think Your Teen is the Victim of Date Rape Drugs

Sadly, no matter the precautions a parent or teenager takes when in a social setting, sexual assault is all too common in the United States. If you think your teen has been the victim of a sexual assault where date rape drugs were involved, you need to know the proper steps to take next.

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What Do I Do if My Teen Gets an STD?

Test Smartly Labs is driven to educate parents on all issues that may affect with their teens’ health. We don’t just deal with drug and alcohol testing; we also provide safe and confidential STD testing. The best way to protect your children is to be fully informed on how you can help them prevent STDs, or how to best help them if they already have one.  Continue reading “What Do I Do if My Teen Gets an STD?” »