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” »

Could Your Teen Be a Drug Dealer?

It can be somewhat easy to find out whether or not your teen is using drugs, all you need to do is pay attention to their behavior and significant changes. It can be much more difficult to determine whether or not your child is dealing drugs. If they aren’t using drugs as well, you might not know what to look for in their behavior or when looking through their room. Keep reading for some of the top signs that your teenager is dealing. Continue reading “Could Your Teen Be a Drug Dealer?” »

Parents: Would You Recognize This Drug Paraphernalia?

It is important for parents to know what various types of drug paraphernalia look like so that if you encounter them in your kid’s room, you’ll know what you’re seeing. Everyone knows what marijuana pipes and bongs look like, but could you recognize the every day objects that drug users hack to help them use?

Today, ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City will give parents some tips about everyday objects that can double as drug paraphernalia.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Announces Recommendations for Teen Drug Testing

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a policy statement that offered new guidelines regarding drug testing in teens. Of course, parents never want to have to think about testing their teens for drugs, but the teenage years are a common time for experimentation, including experimenting with drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Therefore, there are some situations that call for teen drug testing. However, before revealing those reasons, understanding how each test is best utilized is wise.

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Teens Order Drugs…Sent Straight to Your Mailbox

Do your teens order things online? You might be surprised to learn that some teens are buying more than DVDs, video games or clothes online. Teens are browsing the internet to purchase drugs and have them sent to their home addresses.

Teens are navigating the Dark Net, a group of anonymous websites that can’t be accessed through typical search engines. Users have to download browsers that hide their activity.

What’s on the Dark Net?

The Dark Net is a host for a wide range of hidden sites, including online black markets, porn, access to killers for hire and drugs.

The most recent news about the Dark Net emerged when the FBI shut down Silk Road, a black market dubbed as “the eBay for drugs”, in October 2013. One month later, sources reported that administrators opened up Silk Road 2.0.

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The original site was online for only two years, yet it had profited millions of dollars through the illegal online sale of drugs.

How do Teens use the Dark Net?

Special browsers are needed to browse the explicit information on the Dark Net. Tor, a network that enables online anonymity, directs internet traffic through thousands of relays to hide a user’s location and usage. Essentially, teens use Tor to browse this group of sites and hide their identity and browsing history.

To buy drugs through these sites, users must use bitcoins. Bitcoins are a currency not operated through a bank, so they are hard to trace. Users have an added layer of anonymity.

Prevent Teens From Purchasing Drugs From the Dark Net

Here are a few ways to prevent your teens from accessing the Dark Net and buying drugs online.

1. Don’t let mail be opened without checking it. If you have concerns, make a rule that you must be present for your teens to open packages and mail.

2. Find out if your teens have a P.O. box. Many teens avoid sending drug purchases to their home address by purchasing a P.O. box and having drugs shipped there.

3. Check the download folder of your computer for any browsers and delete any that are out of the ordinary.

4. Talk to your teens. Open up the discussion about illegal and prescription drugs. Explain the consequences in specific, direct terms.

5. If you’re concerned that your teens are using drugs, find out for sure with a drug test. There’s no simpler way to be completely sure. Contact ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City for drug testing that is reliable and convenient.

First National Meth Awareness Week in Progress

 What: The first national Meth Awareness Week

When: November 30 through December 7

Why: To combat the use and abuse of methamphetamine

Who: The observance is put together by the Meth Project, a prevention program of The Partnership at Drugfree.org

We are in the midst of the first observance of National Meth Awareness Week. The week is dedicated to combating the use and abuse of methamphetamine in young adults and adults.

People in all sectors of our society are affected by meth use.

The drug is not limited to one age group, socioeconomic status or gender.

The U.S. Department of Justice states that meth is a challenge for our nation, noting that education is a vital part of prevention. People that understand just how destructive the drug is are less likely to use it.

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Education and Prevention

You might be wondering how education can prevent meth use, especially in teens. Research backs up the use of education to prevent meth use. Real projects provide even more support.

The research-based program implemented in Montana proved effective. Teen meth use has dropped 63 percent. Meth-related crime is 62 percent less common than before the education program began. Those statistics are encouraging.

The program is being implemented in other states now. We’re eager to keep following the efforts to educate and prevent meth use. Every step toward prevention is worthwhile.

Does My Teenager have a Drug Problem?

Unfortunately, parenting doesn’t come with a guidebook. To be the best parent you can, you will need to compile your own style of parenting. Every parent has a different outlook — but all parents face the same issues as their children grow.

Common Challenges: Teen Drug Problems

One common concern rises as children hit the teenage years. Parents across the country are worried about possible drug use. If you’re not currently worried about your teens having a drug problem, you may find this list of signs useful in the future.

Teens are susceptible to falling into consistent drug use.  Natural hormonal changes and peer pressure combine to create a dangerous environment for many teenagers. While many avoid drugs and alcohol completely, many others experiment, and a fraction of those teens may develop a serious drug problem.

Teen Drug Use: What to Look For

Teen drug use is not always easy to detect. All teens will exhibit different behavior if they have a potential drug problem, but there are several common threads. Pay attention to these factors as you try to determine if your teens or other friends and family members have a drug problem.

These are some of the most common symptoms and signs of a teenage drug problem:

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You might get reports that your child is skipping classes or skipping school. A child that was once interested in school and involved in activities may suddenly become disinterested or see a drastic drop in grades. Pay attention to your teen’s grades and attitude toward extracurricular activities. Teens with drug problems often lose interest in things they once enjoyed.

Physical Signs of a Drug Problem

Depending on the type of drug, you might notice a decrease in energy, loss of appetite, runny nose, skin discoloration, excessive sweating, vomiting and nausea among many other signs.

Behavioral Changes

Teens like privacy, but extra effort to keep their privacy is one behavior to watch. Teens with a drug problem may keep their plans with friends a secret, block family members from entering their room, or be vague when describing what they’ve been doing.

Excessive Spending

Most teens occasionally ask for money. However, teens who are desperate to fund their addiction may ask for money with no real reason. Some teens may even resort to stealing money or selling items for the cash.

What to do

These are just a few common behaviors of teens that have drug problems. Teens who do not use drugs may display these habits, while other teens may use drugs without showing these signs. One of the most accurate ways to detect a drug problem is drug testing.

Identifying the problem early can help you take the right action. The longer the problem persists, the more dangerous the addiction becomes for you and your teenager. Drug testing is a reliable way to detect abuse and help your teen overcome the battle soon. For reliable drug testing in the Kansas City area, contact ARCpoint Labs.

Keep Them Busy: Help Teens Find Hobbies

Idle children can be hard to handle. You never know if what you are doing is right, and sometimes trying to please them can feel like climbing Everest — impossible! If you have felt like this, you are probably the parent of a teenager.

Moodiness is the name of the game, isn’t it? No two teens are alike, but many of them experience a turbulent stage when anger and stubborn attitudes are the norm. You can help teens navigate this stage by encouraging them to try a new hobby.

A hobby can keep them busy and give teens an outlet for emotions and energy. Helping your teens find hobbies may seem daunting, but some simple tips can prepare you.

Listen to your teen

True, they change their minds every five minutes and something they liked last week will be lame next week. This is because teenagers are easily influenced by things outside of your control. However, as their parent you have known them for the longest time and you know their likes, dislikes and skills. You are in a great position to suggest a hobby that will seem interesting. Ask questions, pay attention to what they read, watch and follow. You may discover a link between their habits and a new hobby.

Make it fun

The one thing teenagers hate more than anything is feeling as if they are being forced to do something. As the parent of a teen, you need to be open minded as you approach new hobbies. If you require a teen to visit the theater or start taking tennis lessons, he or she may backlash and grow to detest the activity.

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To encourage your teen, make the activities fun. Ask your teen what he or she thinks of a few new hobbies. If one is a clear winner, give it a try together.

Be firm but gentle

Teenagers lose interest easily. They will start going for martial arts classes but once they realize how hard the classes are, they maywant to bail. You have an obligation to keep them interested. It is important that they stick to something and see it through, but if they begin to really dislike the idea and act out, you may want to consider allowing them to change hobbies. It is, after all, a hobby and not a lifetime commitment.

Praise your teenager

If your child picks up art, take the time to watch them paint. Encourage them and take time to admire their projects. Teens know when you’re being honest. Be sure to make the time to listen to their stories and discuss their new hobbies together.

New hobbies – Great for you and your teen

Helping your teen explore new hobbies can do wonders for your relationship. Your teen may find a new love for drama or a passion for poetry. You never know what will click for your teen, so encourage him or her to try new things and be open-minded.

Helping teens find new hobbies is a healthy way to encourage them to take care of their health, broaden their interests and stay busy. Encourage your teens in this way as you keep an open discussion about drug use,

Encouraging Your Kids to Handle Peer Pressure

In our society, the masses tend to make the moves, and most of us follow. Peer pressure is a tiny example of the way our society generally works.

Peer pressure is a daily reality for most children and teens. Your children are preparing for the new school year where they will face daily pressure from their classmates and friends. The type of pressure they experience during the school year is unlike that during the summer.

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Summer Music Festival Guide: Drug Slang 101

It’s summertime, and it seems like each week brings a new music festival. Music festivals are great fun and, as always, they’re a magnet for music-loving teens and young adolescents. Sadly, these music festivals are sometimes also a mecca for drug use.

Music festivals, commonly referred to as “festies,” attract a unique set of party drugs. And just as these festivals draw certain types of drugs, they also have their own special drug slang.  Parents, if your teen is thinking about attending a music festival this summer, make sure you’ve done your research. The first step? Start by knowing what drugs may be available and what they’re called in these environments.

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Music Festival Drug Slang

  • Candy Flipping – while this sounds like good, safe fun, it’s not — it has the potential to be very dangerous. This term refers to an experience that’s achieved when combining LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) with ecstasy. As with too much of anything, this euphoric, upbeat experience has all the ingredients for disaster.

  • Molly – if your teen is asking about “Molly,” they may not be talking about their friend from school. Molly is a common nickname for the ever-popular party drug MGMA. Molly is the active and ingredient in ecstasy and it’s often sought out for it’s purity. And, yes, when you turn on the radio and hear Miley Cyrus singing about Molly, note that she’s not referring to her BFF — she’s talking about drugs.

  • Special K – although the Special K cereal you find in supermarkets is tasty and nutritious, we can’t say the same about this drug. In the drug realm, Special K isn’t a healthy afterschool snack. WebMD elaborates saying, “A medication used as an anesthetic in humans and animals, ketamine is sometimes abused as a ‘club drug.’ It can cause hallucinations and euphoria in higher doses.” And if abused, as it often is recreationally, this drug can be fatal.

These drugs can be scary, but music festivals don’t have to be. If your teen is wanting to attend a summer festival, talk to them about the dangers of using these illicit drugs and know some of the warning signs of drug use. We’ve provided you with some information, but it’s up to you to take the initiative and get the conversation about these party drugs going. For drug testing, contact one of our local ArcPoint Labs today.