Watch Out, Parents: Your Teens Face Risks at New Year’s Eve Parties

2015 is just around the corner, parents — and if you haven’t already, it’s time to talk about your teen’s New Year’s Eve plans.

Kansas City area parents may think that they don’t have much to worry about in suburbs like Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, or Liberty, but this isn’t true: New Year’s Eve parties can be dangerous for teens no matter how safe the area seems.

Here’s what parents should chat with their teens about before they ring in 2015!

Help Your Teen Stay Safe This New Year’s Eve

Watch Out for Synthetic Drugs

With synthetic drug deaths rising nationwide, Kansas City parents can’t afford to ignore the dangers of these technically legal substances. KC teens might find synthetic drugs easily and be fooled by their colorful packaging, thinking they are taking a harmless natural substance, while in reality they are dealing with something that’s very dangerous. As a parent, you need to make sure your teen knows the very real, potentially fatal risk of taking synthetic drugs.

Risks of Alcohol2015

Alcohol is served at most New Year’s Eve parties, and teen ones are no exception. Hopefully you’ve already had the alcohol talk with your teen, but even if you have, you need a refresher right before the holiday. You should especially caution your teen against binge drinking, which can lead to dangerous blackouts. As one recent study found, 90% of teens who drank had experienced a blackout by the time they turned 19. Backing out can cause you to exhibit impulsive, dangerous behaviors and can lead to accidents, physical altercations, and sexual assault.

Driving Impaired

New Year’s Eve can be a dangerous time to be on the road because many people choose to drive impaired. Your teen needs to know that driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is unacceptable and that they should call you if they need safe transportation. Let them know that although drinking and using drugs is a bad idea, driving after using them is much worse.

Watch Your Teen for Drug or Alcohol Use

If you’re a Kansas City parent who wants to monitor your teen for drug or alcohol use, ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City can help. We offer comprehensive teen drug testing, including testing for synthetic drugs, prescription medication, or other commonly-abused drugs, and sweat patch drug testing. We also provide alcohol testing.

To learn more about keeping your teen clean, call ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City today at (816) 875-0464.

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