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?” »

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” »

Teens Need to Steer Clear from “Smiles”

As a drug testing facility in the Kansas City area, it’s our mission to inform you about drug trends in our area as well as around the country. With the growing media coverage surrounding synthetic drugs, more parents are becoming familiar with the latest wave of illegal drug use. Synthetics are extremely dangerous, more potent than “traditional” drugs like marijuana and continue to evolve every day. “Smiles” is just one of the latest synthetic drugs all parents need to know about. Continue reading “Teens Need to Steer Clear from “Smiles”” »

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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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” »

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” »