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Ohio Teen Obit Confronts Heroin Epidemic

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In what could be the least wanted comeback of the century, heroin is back and bigger than ever. From 2000 to 2013, heroin overdose related deaths quadrupled. For one Middleton, Ohio couple, Fred and Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake, the growing epidemic resulted in the death of their 18-year-old daughter, Alison. In her death, these brave parents made sure to confront heroin straight on.

Abandoning the social stigma often imposed on addicts and their families, they decided to speak about Alison’s struggle openly, honestly, and with compassion. They made sure the funeral home stated Alison’s death was “of a heroin overdose”, in her obituary. While they certainly are not alone in confronting heroin addiction, it isn’t common that families choose to share the reality of addiction, even post-mortem.

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After Teen Fatal Overdose, Michigan Pushes To Expand Good Samaritan Law

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It’s a nightmare scenario. A 16-year-old popular athlete goes to a New Year’s Eve party and never returns home because he took a fatal dose of methadone and died before help could be provided. It’s a sad statistic, more teens are killed by drug overdoses than by car accidents, and prescription drug abuse affects 40% of people in the U.S.

For Lori Mizwicki, this pain is all too real. That story is about her son, Mason. After Mason’s death, Michigan Representative Al Pscholka introduced a new provision to the Good Samaritan Law, which provided immunity for minors who called in alcohol-related medical emergencies, so that it would include prescription drug-related medical emergencies. “The kids not calling for Mason were definitely fearful of being in trouble,” according to Mizwicki, “If they’d made the call Mason would still be here… they were afraid.”

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What You Need To Know About Public School Drug Education

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Our national public schools have a long history of taking on the role of drug educator but the way our children are being taught about drug safety and drug abuse has changed dramatically. Here’s what you need to know to keep up with the changing curriculum.

No more awkward school specials with bad acting

In the age of reality TV, students no longer have to rely on badly produced PSA’s. They’re more likely to see a documentary special about specific incidents and interviews with real addicts in recovery or families of overdose victims, like that of Fred and Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake and their daughter’s heroin overdose. There’s even an app for that. In Chicago suburbs, middle and high schools are using a role playing software program which emulates an addict’s path based on the real life story of high school honor student, turned heroin addict, turned developer Bill Patrianakos.

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9 Tips For “The Drug Talk”

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When it’s time to talk to the teens in your life about drugs and drug abuse, these helpful tips will help get a message across that will stick.

Have A Conversation, Not A Lecture

Many schools start some form of drug education in the 4th grade. Meaning, chances are your teen has had some form of exposure to subject.

If you don’t want to sound like another lecturer, open the lines of communication when you talk about illicit drugs and drug abuse.

Make it clear that your teen is welcome to chime in whenever they feel comfortable.

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Coming Cyber Monday…the Parent Playbook Against Addiction

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We have developed a program for you, the parent of a child who is using drugs. I want to save you from a lifetime of pain and worry. All of my materials are specifically focused for parents of teenagers, but are applicable to all age groups. Addiction does not discriminate. Addiction affects people of every age group but it is particularly devastating on young people and their family.

If your child is under the age of 18, you have more parental rights than if your child is older than 18. That is why I beg you, especially, to get informed and take action.

It is you, the parent of a teenager, who has the greatest chance to break the cycle of addiction. Drug use and abuse typically begins in the teenage years. Drug addiction rarely stops on its own. It may start innocently. Or, it may take your child on the first use.

You need parent-centered help. When addiction is the cause, it is YOU who needs help. You need help to get help. You need help for the drug user, yourself as the parent, and your entire family.

This educational program is designed specifically for YOU, as YOU are crucial to breaking the cycle of addiction; especially with your teenager.

We’re launching our first course, The Parent Playbook Against Teen Drug Addiction on November 30.

Sign up here to receive details on how you can get your EARLY ACTION BONUS on Cyber Monday.

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Drug Testing your Child – Pro-Active Parenting, not Snooping

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Are you worried about “snooping?” Your current situation has brought you to these pages about conducting secret drug tests on your child. There is a lot of popular press that calls home-based drug testing “snooping.” I’m here to tell you that you can choose to tell your child, or not tell your child, about your drug testing activities. It’s a personal decision and it should reflect on your family needs not the popular opinion of others. Using the following scenarios, we make suggestions regarding the effectiveness of telling or not telling your child about your drug-testing activities.

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Could a Heroin Addiction Start in Your Medicine Cabinet?

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When you mention heroin to most people, the first thought that comes to mind is a strung-out junkie on the streets of an inner-city area. Unfortunately, this atrocious drug habit is not limited to any particular area or type of person. According to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control, there has been a major increase in heroin deaths and overdose incidents over the past decade. This increase is not limited to any type of person or geographical area. There has been a rise across the board in both men and women, in most age groups (including teens), and at all income levels. Many believe that this is because more people become addicted to prescription painkillers before moving on to stronger drugs such as heroin.

The Link Between Painkillers And Heroin

Prescription opioid pain medicines, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet, are close cousins of heroin. When abused, they produce the same euphoric effects of the illegal substance. In fact, the CDC reports that 45% of heroin users are also addicted to some sort of opioid painkillers. Many people begin taking the pills, then move on to crushing and snorting or dissolving and injecting them for a faster high. When these pills become too expensive or unobtainable, they move on to heroin.

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Teenage Drinking: Talk about It

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 Kids are experimenting with alcohol at earlier ages than ever before.  In the U.S., more than half of young adults, between the ages of 12 and 20, have consumed alcohol at least once. On average, an American girl has her first drink at age 13.  For boys it’s age 11.  These teenage drinking statistics are frightening, but it’s the reality we are faced with.  It’s important to understand the risks involved with teenage drinking, and how to talk about it with your child.

Risks of early age alcohol use

Researchers speculate that teens are more susceptible to addiction because the pleasure center of the brain matures before the part of the brain responsible for impulse control and executive decision making. A teenagers’ capacity for pleasure reaches adult proportions well before their capacity for sound decision making does.  For a teen, choosing to drink is a poor decision with many life altering consequences.

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What’s Hidden in Your Teen’s Room?

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We realize that we have visited this topic previously, but we believe that this topic is too important to ignore. We hope that this information will be helpful to you.

Take a careful look at the picture. What do you see? In fact, does the room look familiar, perhaps similar to your teen’s room? The room pictured is part of a fascinating exhibit designed to educate parents and adults about how teens can openly hide drug and alcohol abuse in their rooms. You might be surprised to discover what’s hidden in your teen’s room.

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Are You an Unwitting Drug Dealer For Your Teen?

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When we imagine the ways our children obtain drugs, it’s easy to picture some back alley transaction with a shady looking drug dealer.  However, that’s often not the case at all.  You may be surprised to learn that it could be you that is unwittingly supplying your teen with drugs.

Most of us never give a second thought to the pain medicine that our doctor prescribed for a back injury, or that bottle of cough syrup sitting in the medicine cabinet.  To your teen, it’s a cheap, easy to get alternative to more expensive street drugs.  While, many teens and parents believe that prescription drugs are safer than drugs like heroin or cocaine, they’re not.  Prescription drug abuse is a serious issue, often fatal.

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E-Cig Devices: More than a Tobacco Alternative

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While most of us are debating the health risks of these trendy smokeless devices, they are becoming increasingly popular among teenagers.  The troubling thing is today’s youth aren’t using them to get their tobacco fix.  Teens are using e-cig devices to inhale pot.

These savvy teens have devised ways to turn e-cigarettes into devices for marijuana, hashish oil, and other cannabis products, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Pediatrics.

Researchers surveyed 3,847 Connecticut high school students about their drug and e-cigarette use.  The results were startling.

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Above the Influence

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The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids tries to reach youth directly through teen-targeted efforts, including Above the Influence which inspires young people to make positive decisions to stay healthy and avoid drugs and alcohol.

ATI Fast Facts

Who: Nearly 2 million teens

What: Developing the skills necessary to overcome negative pressures, like drugs and alcohol

Where: Nationwide messaging and social networks as well as local, on-the-ground youth engagement

When: Now, because 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years

Why: Because teens involved with ATI have shown a lower likelihood of engaging in experimental, risky behaviors – and they need YOU to help keep the ATI program alive

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5 Tips to Try to Prevent Drug Addiction in Your Child

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Unfortunately, it’s a story that is repeated on the nightly news all too often. A local teen or celebrity dies of a drug overdose. Sometimes we know that there was a drug problem, most times we do not. With drug and alcohol use on the rise with today’s teens, how can you help your teen from developing an addiction? While there’s no sure-fire way to prevent drug addiction in your child, there are some things you can do to try to help prevent it. Here’s our five tips to try to prevent drug addiction in your child:

  1. Be Involved. While parenting styles differ, one thing has been proven true – involved parents are more likely to know what’s going on in their child’s life than those who are not actively involved. What does it mean to be involved? It means knowing your child’s schedule, their friends, what activities they’re involved in, what they like and dislike. Knowing as much about your child’s life, and interests, as possible can alert you to potential trouble before it starts.

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Let’s Talk: Cuyahoga Falls program tries to arm parents with tools to spot and tackle teen drug use

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As a parent, did you know there’s a right way to snoop? Teen’s count on the fact that parent’s don’t always realize that things can be hidden in plain sight.  Like the Aqua Net hair spray on your daughter’s dresser might have pills tucked inside the hidden bottom.  The tire gauge in your son’s pocket is a perfect smoking device. That bag of gummy bears that look fatter than normal may have been soaked in vodka. And see that water bottle being passed by your kids and their friends? Yeah, nobody passes around water that eagerly.

The Bath Township and Copley Police Departments have unveiled an educational traveling exhibit, Hidden in Plain Sight.  It’s an awareness program for parents, teaching them to outsmart their kids.  Designed to educate parents on items they might find in their child’s room, car or backpack, an innocent looking item might instead be an indicator of hazardous behavior.

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Students learn about dangers of prescription drug abuse

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Colorado students are learning that prescription drug use and abuse is the fastest growing problem in Colorado.  Statistics show Colorado as the second highest-ranking state in the country for pain pill abuse.  These troubling reports have initiated a new statewide drug abuse prevention program.  The Rise Above Colorado campaign puts on assemblies across the state for elementary, middle and high schools teaching the dangers of addiction and prescription drug abuse.

Rise Above Colorado is partnered with DrugFree.Org and the Attorney General’s office.  They plan to continue to target middle and high school-ers since those are the risk years because the curiosity and accessibility of such drugs increase.

Prescription drug abuse is one of the biggest problems right now in Colorado, with surveyed youth reporting that they are easier to get than beer, and after marijuana, over-the-counter and prescription drugs are counted as the most abused substances by teens.

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4 Ways to Help Prevent Youth Drug and Alcohol Abuse

4 Ways to Help Prevent Youth Drug and Alcohol Abuse

As parents, it can sometimes be overwhelming to think of all the challenges our children may face just to reach adulthood. It’s even more startling when we think about the conversations we need to have with them at younger and younger ages. The conversation about drugs and alcohol abuse prevention is one and there are ways to help start the conversation. By following the M.A.L.T. model, you will have four different ways right at your fingertips.

Model Good Behavior

Every parent knows that kids will do what they see you do rather than what you tell them to do. Because of that, it’s imperative that parents set the example in modeling behavior that does not reflect an abuse of drugs or alcohol. For example, your children should see you drinking responsibly. They should not see you driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs nor allowing your friends to do so. This impresses upon their minds the importance and seriousness of drinking.

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3 Categories of Drugs to Discuss With Your Kids – Now!

3 Categories of Drugs to Discuss With Your Kids – Now!

We all know that there are many challenging conversations that parents need to have with their children as they get older. No doubt, the most difficult one is the talk about “the birds and the bees.” Although that has historically been the most challenging conversation there is one that is not being had and it’s costing kids their lives. It’s the discussion about drugs. Here are three categories of drugs you need to discuss with your kids now.

Category #1 – “Street” Drugs

“Street” drugs, which can also include so-called recreational drugs, are the drugs most parents discuss with their kids. The discussion primarily focuses around marijuana, but some will include cocaine and heroin. In the past, these drugs were the most easily accessible and considered the most dangerous. Nonetheless, these are drugs that most parents fear their children will get involved in through their friends or a street dealer. But there are more.

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Drug Prevention Starts with the Parents

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As parents we have a huge responsibility to take care of our children, and that responsibility starts with us! We need to set good examples for our children right away. It is only natural that children learn from the people that they are with most often: their parents. When they are young, they look to us with love, admiration, and respect; they want to be like us! Let’s be honest and realize that their opinions about us may change as they get older, so let’s take advantage and set the standards for them right away when they are young.

Parents have major influence on our children’s future decisions. Our children watch us! I know, I know. It seems shocking to hear that they are actually paying attention to us, because when you ask them to clean their room for the umpteenth time it is easy to believe that they live in a completely different world then we do. But they do see what we are doing and they notice the choices we make. Let’s show them how to be responsible and make good choices from the start.

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How To Talk To Your Teen About Marijuana

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Have you ever picked up your child’s backpack or opened a book inside of it and out comes a bag of Marijuana? If so, how did you react? If you haven’t, how would you handle it? In both cases, your reaction and how you handle the situation can have big impacts for you and your child’s relationship down the road.

It’s imperative to not let anger be your first reaction. Why? Because getting angry will more than likely cause your teen to tune you out. Instead, follow these four steps on how to talk to your teen about Marijuana.

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4 Ways to Lower the Potential of Underage Drinking

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Underage drinking has been a problem for many years. According to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are about 10.1 million underage drinkers in the United States. With millions under 21 starting their freshman year of college within the next month, that number is likely to increase. If you’re a parent that has a child heading off to college soon there are 4 ways you can talk to them about underage drinking by setting expectations, developing a plan, creating a busy schedule and being aware.

Be detailed about your expectations

Let your teens know what you expect of them as far as behavior before they decide to experiment with, or even abuse, alcohol. When conveying your expectations, be clear by stating what isn’t allowed, what is and what the consequences will be if they decide to make the wrong choice.

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Louis C.K. on his past drug use and the importance of talking to your kids

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Louis C.K.’s FX series follows the daily life of a middle-aged comic who, like C.K., is a divorced father of two young girls. Both the comic and his character struggle to do right by their children. In C.K.’s case, this sometimes means talking frankly with his daughters about the mistakes he made growing up (including his past drug use). “My kids know that I did drugs; they know that I’ve struggled with that kind of thing,” C.K. says. “I think it’s important to share your mistakes with your kids, because you get knowledge from your mistakes and wisdom from it. If you can’t pass that on, what good are you?”

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The Risks of Marijuana – What Parents Should Know

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As soon as one hears the word “marijuana”, it conjures up any number of thoughts, and, for some of us, personal experiences. Often times the thoughts associated with the drug are comedic, as seen in many movies. But is it really a laughing manner? Is it something that parents shouldn’t take seriously?

In fact, marijuana is much more serious than what many parents think. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. So, yes, you need to know the risks.

Why Do Kids Start Smoking Marijuana?

While we may feel that we don’t always understand what our teens do and why, we often associate much of their behavior and decisions to peer pressure. Peer pressure can play a role in pre-teens and teens trying marijuana. Sometimes it’s more simple – just curiosity. There are any number of reasons. But, in the vast majority of cases, it runs much deeper than that.

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Increased Heroin-Related Deaths – Evidence of a U.S. Drug Epidemic

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Heroin continues as an epidemic, sweeping the U.S. with heroin-related deaths, which have quadrupled in just over a decade. This is according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the CDC report, it was found that heroin-related overdose fatalities have increased by 286 percent from 2002 to 2013, when 8,200 died.

The CDC found that those addicted to opioid painkillers were 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin. And people addicted to alcohol were twice as likely to become addicted to heroin, while marijuana and cocaine users were three and 15 times more likely to use heroin respectively.

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4 Important Tips for Talking to Kids about Underage Drinking

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If the truth be told, raising children in today’s social media-crazed environment is challenging. They have influences that range from those you invite into your home to those they invite into their own social media world. Not all of these influences are good. Because of that, kids of all ages need to be equipped with the knowledge of how damaging underage drinking can be. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that there are about 10.1 Million underage drinkers. Now is the time to start talking to kids about underage drinking.

Where do you begin? What do you say? These four steps will help make that discussion a little easier.

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Battling the Addiction of a Family Member

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How One Family is Sharing Their Journey to Help Others

We do all that we can to keep our children healthy, to teach them how to make good choices, and to protect them from the dangers of this world.  Yet sometimes all that we do is not enough and we find that our children have made some poor decisions that affect their health and place them in the dangerous grips of drug addiction.

Helping your child through this time of their life is going to be very difficult, for everyone in your family, but you can get through it.  How it happened and why it happened can be for a myriad of reasons and oftentimes a varying combinations of reasons.  But there is hope.

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You Are Certain Your Child Has Used Drugs. Now What?

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The use of illegal drugs is increasing, especially among young teens. The average age of first marijuana use is 14, and alcohol use can start before age 12. The use of marijuana and alcohol in high school has become common. (1)

Following a 2014 survey, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that one in three high school seniors admitted to drinking alcohol within the past month.

The same study found that one in five seniors admitted to smoking pot within the past month. (2)

Some people say it’s a rite of passage for teens to experiment.  For some children, that’s all it is—a one-time experience.  For others, it opens the door to an addiction that often times ends in tragedy.

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Helpful Hints for Parents with Teens

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It’s summer and a time of less supervision for many teens. It’s also a time when your sons and daughters are more exposed to the dangers of substance abuse. On an average day in June and July, more than 11,000 adolescents used alcohol for the first time, 5,000 started smoking cigarettes and 4,500 tried marijuana, according to the report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. [1]

So, how can you keep your child/children safe during the summer, while you’re still hard at work? Here are helpful hints on keeping your child safe, and ensuring they enjoy their summer vacation:

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Startling Statistics Surrounding Drug Related Deaths

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In Allen County, Ohio, some startling statistics have come to light. These statistics arise from the findings that 16 deaths were related to drug overdoses last year, 14 to suicide, and 9 to traffic fatalities. The alarm is due to the realization by mental health officials that drug and suicide deaths have overtaken traffic deaths in the numbers. This is evidence that drug issues and mental illness are becoming more commonplace.

However, the startling statistics do not stop there.

One health official stated that “18 percent of youth recently surveyed in Allen County said they had thought about committing suicide. 8 percent had actually attempted suicide, so we are really taking those things seriously.”

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Talk to your Teen about Marijuana – 5 Steps

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You need to talk to your teen about marijuana. It may seem like the most innocuous of drugs, but the truth is, it often becomes a gateway drug…an avenue to the use of drugs that are much worse…and its long-term effects on the developing brain are not yet entirely known.

Alarmingly, one day you find a bag of marijuana among your teen’s things. Your first reaction is shock and dismay. What should you do?

Your reaction here is very important because it will define your relationship with your child for many years down the road. Anger is not the answer. Yelling will not help; teens will often just tune out. So what’s the answer? How do you talk to them?

In the pamphlet “Safety First,” Dr. Marsha Rosenbaum has listed five steps for parents to undertake when discussing marijuana with their kids: listen, learn, act, lead, help.

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Prescription Abuse (The Invisible Addiction)

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Prescription abuse can lead to other dangerous drug abuse such as heroin.

Teenage prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. As America’s number one health concern, it’s time parents take notice. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are pain killers. This poses an even bigger danger as teens and young adults are finding it harder and harder to get the prescription medicine in which they are addicted.

The prescription pain killers are also becoming more expensive.

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What’s Wrong with Johnny?

 An important question to ask yourself. If you’re noticing odd or changed behavior in your teen, it’s time to find out why.

Teens are historically self-absorbed, emotional and well, let’s say difficult to live with in the same household. However, if your teen is extremely emotional and secretive, it may not be “normal” teen behavior. Drug experimentation can turn into drug abuse, and drug abuse can quickly become an addiction.

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Help Your Teen Be Safe at Prom

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Prom is a right of passage for teens, but it can also be dangerous as it is often a time when teens decide to open up to more exploration whether it may be sex, drugs or alcohol.

The SADD chapter at North Montgomery High School in Crawfordsville, Indiana has been working hard encouraging students to have fun, but also to be safe at prom.

During the week leading up to the prom (which was on May 9), members have been using visual displays daily to draw awareness to the dangers of underage drinking, intoxicated/drugged driving and driving distracted.

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Home Drug Testing Adolescents – Q and A

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Should I drug test my child at home?

There has been some debate as to whether drug testing adolescents at home is a good idea or not. Many experts have said they do not recommend drug testing at home.

Reasons Experts Give For Not Recommending Home Drug Testing

Tests can be tricked. 

Kids do learn to trick drug tests. This gives parents the false belief that their child is not using and they fail to seek professional help.

However, our tests cannot be tricked.

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Problematic Patterns of Substance Use among Teens

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Substance abuse and problematic patterns of substance use among youth can lead to problems at school, cause or aggravate physical and mental health-related issues, promote poor peer relationships, cause motor-vehicle accidents, and place stress on the family.

According to Find Youth Info, patterns of substance use among teens can also develop into lifelong issues such as substance dependence, chronic health problems, and social and financial consequences.

Substance abuse is the harmful pattern of using substances—such as tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drugs—leading to impairment or distress with one or more of the following behaviors:

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Recognizing Addiction in a Loved One

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Recognizing addiction is an important part of saving your child and family from a lifetime of heartache and pain.

When it comes to recognizing alcohol or drug addiction in someone we love, it’s not always easy. It can be even harder to see in our children. Pay close attention to the signs listed below.

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Prescription Abuse (The Invisible Addiction)

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Teenage prescription abuse has become an epidemic.

As America’s number one health concern, it’s time parents take notice. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are pain killers. This poses an even bigger danger as teens and young adults are finding it harder and harder to get the prescription medicine in which they are addicted.

The prescription pain killers are also becoming more expensive.

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Teen Substance Abuse: What Every Parent Needs to Know

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What every parent needs to know about the substance abuse risk to their teens.

Drug addicts do not set out to become drug addicts. Chronic substance abuse and drug addiction most often begins with prescription drug use for valid medical reasons and/or drug experimentation as a teenager.

However, there a very thin line between drug experimentation and drug addiction. Drug addicts never even see the line as they cross it. Drug addiction is powerful and complex, changing the way the brain functions. It ruins lives and ends others.

Those that recover face daily struggles. It is your job as a parent to do everything in your power to keep your child away from drugs.

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The Real Cause of Addiction?

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The definition of addiction is a chemical dependency caused entirely by the way the body reacts to a certain substance.

However, the author of the book, “Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs,” Johann Hari believes it is a vital element of one’s life that drives a person to addiction.

Hari tells about seeing an anti-drug commercial in the 1980s featuring an old experiment in which a rat was placed in a cage with two water bottles. One bottle contained pure water while the other was laced with heroin or cocaine. The rat became addicted to the second bottle and drank until it died.

However, Bruce Alexander, Professor of  Psychology in Vancouver did not think the rat kept drinking the drugged water solely because it wanted to. His theory was that it drank the drugged water simply because it was in a cage and had nothing else to do.

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Identifying Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse

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The number of teens who abuse tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other substances hasn’t changed much in the past couple of decades — but for those who are prone to addiction for one reason or another, the menu of substances to choose from is larger than ever.

Parents have to educate themselves about more than simply cigarettes, pot and other street drugs. These days, those who fall into addiction can do so using cough syrup, alcoholic energy drinks or family members’ prescription medications. Creatively-named concoctions such as “K2” or “Spice” and bath salts with appealing monikers like “Ivory Snow” continue to surface.

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Signs that your teen may be abusing drugs

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The teenage years can be tough, and it can be hard to discern if some teen behavior is typical, or if bigger problems exist beyond changing hormones, moods and interests. These thoughts come into every parents mind; Is my teen abusing drugs? How can I tell? If they are, what do I say?

According to the Medicine Abuse Project, one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription drug in their lifetime, and more than four in ten teens who have abused prescription medicine, obtained it from their parent’s medicine cabinet.

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Decreased Drug Abuse, but Prevention and Treatment Still Key

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According to a new federal report Illegal drugs use among teens is on the decline in the United States. Rates of drug abuse among young people between 12 and 17 years old dropped from almost 12 percent in 2002 to 9.5 percent in 2012, the study from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found. In 2013, rates of illegal drug use among teens fell even further to just under 9 percent.

This means the efforts to reduce drug use among teens have succeeded, to an extent.

It has also been found that alcohol use among young people between the ages of 12 and 17 has dropped to 11.6 percent from almost 13 percent in 2012 as well as rates of binge drinking in the past month fell to about 6 percent from around 7 percent. Use of tobacco products among 12- to 17-year-olds also fell from around 15 percent in 2002 to a new low of just under 8 percent in 2013.

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What Parents With Teens Need To Know

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What Parents with Teens Need to Know from Jennifer Foster

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The Heroin and Prescription Drug Connection

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We’ve talked before about the dangers of prescription drugs as a temptation for teen drug use. We have recently discovered, according to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, that prescription drug abuse leads to the abuse of heroin. In fact, nearly half of young people who inject heroin start by abusing prescription drugs. This is alarming, especially since heroin use seems to be on the rise again. Communities across the U.S. are experiencing a scary increase in heroin overdose deaths.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have created an interesting interactive infographic to explain how this transition happens and help you understand what you should be aware of to keep your teen, family and community from harm.

In this infographic, you will follow the journey of a teen, hear stories from families who have been there and find out about tools you will need to take action.

View the infographic, or download it, here.

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How Drug Addiction Affects Family and Friends

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Topics and discussions on drug addiction are usually more centered on the addict themselves and how it is affecting their physical and mental health. How the situation is affecting the family and/or friends of the addict is often left on the back burner. Having a strong support system is very important in the life of an addict. However, the people who support the addict need support and care as well. The health and well-being of that support system is equally important in the treatment and recovery of every addict.

Rehabs.com has conducted an interesting analysis on this subject. Collateral Damage: How Drug Addiction Affects Family and Friends is an interesting study of the top addiction-related forums to find out how friends and family members were seeking support. They investigated who is seeking help (it probably won’t surprise you that the majority of those seeking help were wives and mothers) and what are the most used drug terms (not a surprise that alcohol came out in the lead with a wide margin). The study goes even more in depth, looking at common phrases used in the forums and what phrases correlate with which relationship. They conclude with information about rehab and how to get help.

We found this study to be very interesting, as we here at Secret Drug Test are firm believers that family is one of the most important links to stopping drug use before it starts, and certainly to the treatment process if things progress to that point.

To take a closer look at this rehabs.com study, visit their website here.

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5 Lessons for Parents Regarding Teen Substance Abuse

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If you have a teen with a substance abuse problem, are you feeling completely lost about your son or daughter’s problems?

There are probably a million questions running through your head.  Are they using right now?  What is he/she using?  How much are they using? Is this just a normal teenager experimenting? Am I overreacting? Have I not been tough enough?  What should I do if I learn my teen has a substance abuse problem?

Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), in over 10 studies in the United States and Europe, has been found to be an effective treatment to adolescent substance use and delinquency, and to improve school performance, and family relationships.

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Alert: E-Joint Combines Marijuana and E-Cigarette

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In a recent New York Times article, a new device was brought to light…the E-Joint.

One particular brand of e-joint, the JuJu Joint, holds 100 milligrams of THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. That’s twice as much THC content than in a traditional joint, according to the article. This is a disposable device which comes with 150 hits. No smoke or smell emanates from the device.

Last April, JuJu Joints were first made available for sale in Washington state, where recreational and medical marijuana is legal. 75,000 devices have been sold and the manufacturer of the device has stated that 500,000 more will have been sold by this April. There are plans to expand the company into Colorado and Oregon, where recreational marijuana is also legal. The device will also be sold in the future in Nevada, where marijuana is decriminalized.

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Are you unknowingly supplying dangerous drugs to your kids?

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There is a drug dealer in your home.

This supplier does not exchange plastic baggies of contraband for cash or wear a dark hooded sweatshirt. The danger is not a concealed gun or a switchblade. Instead of money, the only payment this trafficker accepts is the life of your child. What is this mysterious threat lurking in your home? Your medicine cabinet. Supplying an unrestricted amount of drugs from behind a mirror, the orange plastic bottles found inside have become a major problem even for young children.

Unbeknownst to many parents, a striking number of teens are experimenting with cocktails of opioids, depressants, and stimulants prescribed for their mothers and fathers. In fact, “after marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances by Americans age 14 and older” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This epidemic is increasingly common in schools and is spread by sharing, promoting, and pressuring friends and classmates to take part. Many do not immediately recognize the risk or harm involved in abusing prescription drugs. Viewed as a harmless habit that offers a high, helps with concentration, or produces a calming effect, the side effects of addiction, overdose, and even death are usually overlooked.

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Help Your Teen Avoid Drug Abuse – Part II

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Teen drug abuse can have a major impact on your teen’s life. Find out how to help your teen make healthy choices and avoid drug abuse.

Last week, we discussed why teens abuse drugs, the consequences of teen drug abuse, and talking with your teen about drug abuse. This week, we discuss how to help your teen avoid drug abuse with further preventive strategies and ways of seeking help.

Other preventive strategies

In addition to talking to your teen, consider other strategies to prevent teen drug abuse:

  • Know your teen’s activities. Be aware of  your teen’s whereabouts. Stay up to speed on what adult-supervised activities your teen is interested in and encourage him or her to get involved.
  • Establish rules and consequences. Make it clear that you have zero tolerance for drug abuse. You should have rules in place for your teen that include leaving a party where drug abuse occurs. Stress that riding in a car with a driver who’s been using drugs is strictly forbidden. Come to an agreement on consequences. Have them in place in advance of rules being broken and enforce them consistently.
  • Know your teen’s friends. If your teen’s friends abuse drugs, your teen might feel pressure to experiment, too. Get to know your teen’s friends and their parents.
  • Keep an eye on prescription drugs. Take an inventory of all prescription and over-the-counter medications in your home and keep them out of easily accessible places — such as the medicine cabinet. If your teen needs to take prescription medication during school hours, it should be dispensed by the school nurse.
  • Provide support. Praise and encourage your teen for their successes at school and at home. A strong bond with your child is a big help in preventing him/her from abusing drugs.
  • Set a good example. Don’t abuse drugs yourself.

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Help Your Teen Avoid Drug Abuse – Part I

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Teen drug abuse can have a major impact on your teen’s life. Find out how to help your teen make healthy choices and avoid drug abuse.

Teens who experiment with drugs put their health and safety at risk. You can help your teen avoid drug abuse by talking to him/her about the consequences of using drugs and the importance of making healthy choices.

Why teens abuse drugs

The are many factors that can lead to teen drug abuse. These can be anything from insecurity to a desire for social acceptance. Indestructible feelings are common in teens and this attitude of invincibility leads to teens often not considering the consequences of their actions. These attitudes lead them to taking dangerous risks — such as abusing legal or illegal drugs.

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Teen marijuana use linked to future issues with academic achievement and life

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Teen marijuana use can adversely affect future academic achievement.

In a September 2014 study published by Lancet Psychiatry, findings were that teens who use marijuana daily before age 17 are more than 60% less likely to get their high school diploma than those who’ve never used pot.

This study was conducted by researchers in Australia and New Zealand. It is a meta-analysis of three previous long-running studies that included nearly 4,000 participants.

Links between frequent cannabis use and seven developmental outcomes up until the age of 30 were looked at in the research. Specifically, whether or not the teens completed high school, got a college degree, were dependent on marijuana, had attempted suicide, were diagnosed with depression, used other illegal drugs and/or relied on welfare to support themselves.

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Parents React to Teen Drug Use Statistics

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Do you consider yourself pretty educated on the drugs teens use today? Surprisingly many parents are actually very misinformed when it comes to teen drug use and teen drug abuse. Being misinformed about teen drug use could keep you from seeing drug use going on in your own home.

Parents at this conference were pretty shocked to learn about the drugs teens are increasingly using. See parents react to teen drug use statistics. I think you might feel the same after watching this video:

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LGBT Teens Turning to Drugs and Alcohol

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Why are LGBT teens turning to drugs and alcohol?

LGBT teens are at a higher risk of becoming victims of substance abuse than are heterosexual youth (LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender). The main reasons behind this are that these teens are highly susceptible to self-esteem and identity issues, even more so than heterosexual teens, due to their situations being more unique and challenging. The issues they face due to their sexuality lead to high stress levels and this stress leads them to drug and alcohol abuse.

Many changes are going on in the teen years. There’s brain development and physical and emotional maturation. As social classes form, teens are doing their best to figure out how/where they fit in. When they are also questioning their sexual identity, this can lead to more confusion, more stress and possibly on to risky behavior, such as the abuse of  substances.

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Collaboration is the key

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If you suspect your teen of drug abuse, or if the drug abuse is known, collaboration is key.

Not meaning collaboration between you, the parent, and the child. The collaboration we’re speaking of is between you and your spouse/significant other/co-parent. These situations often present a lot of tension in a family, which can lead to a lot of disagreement and a disruption of effective communication between the adults in the situation. 

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Teen Drug Use? Ask for Assistance

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When dealing with teen drug use, seek assistance.

If you have a teenager who is smoking marijuana and drinking beer, you might be wondering, what should I do? You don’t want them to begin using stronger or harder substance like LSD, inhalants, ecstasy, prescription drugs, cocaine or even heroin. That is a line you do not want them to cross, or have to suffer through.

You might not know where or who you should turn to. You might feel very confused and even frustrated, but you truly do want to help your teen, no matter what. However, at the same time, you do not want your relationship with them to struggle or to get out of control.

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Does Rehab Cure or Create Addiction?

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So, did you catch your teenager throwing a wild party? They were smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol. Now, you might be wondering what to do next. Do you just simply punish them by taking away their driving and hangout privileges or do they require something more serious, such as attending a rehab center?

You might want to protect your child from using harder substances. You might think and believe in your heart, if they see the harsh realities of the world that will prevent them from using things like LSD, heroin, cocaine and much, much more. However, what happens if this great idea backfires on you? Sometimes a scare tactic is not the best way to go.

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Peer Pressure and Teenage Drug Use

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Peer pressure can be a big factor in teenage drug use…

So, your high school reunion is just around the corner. You are probably reminiscing about all of those great times and parties you attended. You remember what it was like when you were a teen.

Now, do you recall the very first time you or one of your close friends used marijuana? Well now, it is your teens turn for the peer pressure to hit. They have to be the ones to say no this time around…

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Signs that your teenager is using drugs and what to do about it

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What are the signs that your teenager is using drugs and what can you do about it?

Now, most parents do not want to think about their teenager using and abusing various drugs and alcohol. However, ignoring it and pretending it does not exist is not the best idea either. It will only make it worse, as the end result. It could go from alcohol to marijuana to prescription medications to heroin use quicker than you might even realize. Just think of the old saying, in a blink of an eye.

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Dangerous Drugs on the Internet – The Dark Net

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Did you know that dangerous drugs are on the internet? It’s a new phenomenon called the “Dark Net.”

There are so many drugs available to our teens today. You might be thinking of typical ones, such as cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana. You might not be thinking about heroin or cocaine as much. Unfortunately, you should be. These dangerous drugs are on the internet. It’s something being called the Dark Net.

Heroin and cocaine are not typical, every day drugs you find at a high school party. You might be thinking they have to go down a deep, dark alley in order to make their purchase, but that is not the case anymore. Whether you believe it or not.

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Celebrities Who Have Struggled with Drug Addiction Help Spread Awareness

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Many celebrities who have struggled with drug addiction have shared their stories and in doing so, they help spread awareness and show us that they are indeed, human.

A lot of people look up to celebrities and they think they are infallible. People think their fame makes them super, but they are only human too. They can make mistakes just like the rest of us. Since people look up to them, they feel they have to hide their faults from the general public. However, if they share their problems with us, it might help them and their story might inspire us to take action in our own lives.

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Spicing Things Up – Spice: It Isn’t What You Think

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The synthetic drug Spice is not what you think it is.

When you think of spicing things, your brain most likely goes to two places. One is a cooking a great meal and the other is having a fun night out on the town. Well, in this case, spice is actually a variety of herbal mixtures, treated with chemical additives. Not your parsley, basil or oregano. They are equal to illegal drugs in their effects, which can be dangerous for your teen.

Now, believe it or not, it can be consumed in brewed tea and of course, it can be taken the typical, traditional way, smoking. This blend can produce psychoactive or mind altering effects, meant to offer a similar effect as marijuana. The effects can include relaxation, euphoria and altered perception.

While these effects might seem rather pleasant to a teenager, there are a variety of other symptoms that can occur that will not occur to them, such as rapid heart rate, palpitations, vomiting, agitation, confusion and even hallucinations. Spice has been known to raise blood pressure and reduce blood supply to the heart. This can be associated with chest pain or even a heart attack. Ending up in the hospital is not where you want your teen to be. Heart attacks are more common for adults, not your child.

This obviously does appeal to young teens and maybe even tweens because it is technically legal. (Even though most parents would probably disagree with that fact.) When spice is smoked, the effects can begin very quickly, between three to five minutes. Then, the high can actually last anywhere from one to eight hours.

Make sure you talk to your teen about a these new drugs that are coming out. This is the only way to help prevent them from taking these kind of substances. Your influence means all the difference.

Source:

Life123: What is the Drug Spice?
http://www.life123.com/parenting/tweens-teens/drug-abuse/what-is-drug-spice.shtml

 

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A Suitable Substitute for Teens Tempted by Drugs

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Are you at all suspicious that your teen might be using or is going to use drugs or alcohol?

If your answer is yes or even maybe, then you might want to start researching for alternative activities for them to take part in immediately. Do not hesitate for a moment!

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Family First, Not Drugs

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You may be wondering how your family got here; inside of a therapist’s office. There is nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with getting some help in order to restore unity and general positive vibes to your family. Getting help, actually putting your family first, might be the saving grace you have been looking for all along.

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Proper Parenting Skills to Prevent Drug Abuse

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If you are a parent, or even a stepparent, then you worry about your kids and step kids when they are out on the town.

You have certain rules and guidelines for your teens to follow. However, you know that old cliche, “do as I say, not as I do.” Believe it or not, that could get you into some trouble yourself.

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Top Ten Reasons For Teenage Substance Abuse

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Teenage substance abuse is a big problem.

There are many reasons why teens choose to abuse drugs and alcohol. Recent studies show that the main reason teens are using drugs is to solve problems. By knowing the reasons for teen substance abuse, parents can form better prevention strategies.

For instance, research shows that the brain is not fully formed until a person reaches their twenties. The prefrontal cortex is in charge of judgement and decision making; it is the last area of the brain to develop.

Because the part of their brain that aids in decision making and judgement is not fully formed,  teens are likely to find it difficult to solve problems. This causes stress which may lead to substance abuse.

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Synthetic Marijuana – This Spice is not found in your kitchen cabinet

Synthetic Marijuana, or Spice – easy access and the erroneous perception that Spice products are “natural” and therefore harmless have likely contributed to their popularity, much to the detriment of teens.

Spice_drugSynthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as spice, was available for legal purchase by teens in the U.S. until July of 2012.  Because the chemicals contained in Spice have a high potential for abuse with no medical benefits, the Drug Enforcement Administration designated the 5 most commonly found as Schedule 1 controlled substances. This made them illegal to posses, buy or sell.

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Prescription Drug Abuse: A National Epidemic

Prescription drug abuse has become a national epidemic.

Prescription drug abuse has become a national epidemic. The most commonly abused prescription drugs among teens are hydrocodone (vicodin, lortab, lorcet, and norco), ADD/ADHD medication (adderall, ritalin, and vyvanse), and benzodiazepines (xanax, valium, klonpin, and ativan).

These medicines are oftentimes readily available to teens in medicine cabinets at home. Many teens prescribed ADD or ADHD medication, benozodiazepines

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Teenage Substance Use America’s No. 1 Health Problem

Teenage Prescription Drug AbuseTeenage substance use is threatening the lives of our children. It is high time we stop ignoring the problem as a community, as educators and certainly as parents. As a parent myself I understand the many problems parents face when it comes to their children and the subject of drug abuse.

The top reasons parents give for being against drug testing at school and at home are:

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Significant and Telling Results in Study on Teenage Drug Abuse

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Teenage drug abuse continues to be of concern in the United States, both socially and medically.

According to a report by the National Institutes of Health (published in the July 2012 edition of Pharmacogenomics) around 22.1 million people have been classified as demonstrating substance dependence or abuse, with over 1 million addicted to cocaine and opiate compounds and over 350,000 addicted to heroin. Even more alarming is that The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that around 4,300 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 use drugs for the first time in the U.S. every day, the most common drug choices being cocaine, marijuana, and heroin. These astonishing figures require more strict and active monitoring methods to prevent drug abuse by adolescents.

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Types of Drugs Used by Teens – Know the Popular Party Drugs

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If you have a teenager, it’s important to know about the threat of popular party drugs.

You probably already know that Friday and Saturday nights are the usual party nights for teenagers. Now hopefully, they are just hanging out with their friends, eating pizza and watching a scary movie. However, that might not always be the case. It could be the party of the year! Parents are out of town, which means no supervision of any kind.

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Parents…watch out for those red flags

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No one ever said that raising kids is an easy task, but it is completely worth it. They are treasures you need to take care of always. Once they turn ten, they actually need more love and support than ever before. These are the ages that peer pressure becomes very great. I know that sometimes adults’ lives can get complicated, but if you are a parent you need to make sure you are providing proper guidance for your child. No matter what is going on in your personal life, you need to watch out for those red flags.

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Are teens getting tricked into using heroin?

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Are you worried about, the thought of, your child going off to college? Your initial reaction is probably excitement about this momentous life event, but then, fear sets in at the same time. Not about the academic aspect of these institutions, but about the social aspect of them. There are a lot of parties on campus and that can lead to drug and alcohol use. Your kids might believe that they are just having some harmless fun. Simply just trying to loosen up after having studied hard all week long.

However, they might not really know what they have just purchased for that evening of entertainment. That one night, might lead to a long term addiction forever altering their future. You might be wondering, how can that happen? Drugs can have similar colors and textures, which can make it difficult to distinguish with the naked eye.

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Genetics and Substance Abuse – Is Your Child Heading Towards Rehab?

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Research shows how genetics and childhood experiences pave the road to substance abuse.

Do you have a child who likes to party? Maybe you should stop and think about this life altering question. Are they paving the road to substance abuse? They might think they’re just having some fun on the weekend. It is just a social thing. Well, that might be how it starts out, but the end result might not be what any of you expected.

There are so many factors that can contribute to this disease. Environment and heredity play a major role. Stop and think, what is the environmental trigger that has lead your child down this destructive path? Figuring out the cause will only help in the fight against your family’s genes. You truly are not helpless to help. They really are not at the total mercy of genetics.

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Teenagers – Happy or Hopeless?

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Those are two very important “H” words to consider when you are raising children, particularly teenagers. It can make all the difference. If your teen is happy, they will most likely care about making good grades, socializing with their friends, and being involved within the community. However, if your teen is feeling hopeless they probably are doing poorly in school and are not involved in any after school activities. This is most definitely grounds for concern.

If you don’t already know, hopelessness can lead to suicidal thoughts and even actions. When you feel hopeless, you really believe your life cannot and will not improve. The only way out is an escape. Death or drugs are usually the typical conclusion with this type of mindset. This is where a drug overdose and the addiction link enter.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman – will his death raise awareness of heroin epidemic?

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The recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from heroin overdose and the subsequent media storm and large law enforcement response has some people asking “What makes his death more important than that of my 19-year-old son?” This from a mother who lives outside of Pittsburgh and has seen no such strong law enforcement investigation into her son’s death from a heroin overdose last October.

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Should You Snoop on Your Teenager?

Recently, a woman in one of the mom groups I belong to online asked if other moms went through their teen’s personal possessions and bedrooms. I expected to see the majority of moms upset that anyone would even consider searching their teen’s private things. But to my surprise many moms were very much in favor of snooping; they just did not want anyone to know that they were guilty of it.

If you ask parenting experts most will say that you should never snoop because it can undermine the healthy development of your teen as well as the relationship the two of you have. On the other hand, prevention and addiction experts agree that if you suspect your teen is using drugs or drinking, you should snoop. It could save her life.

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How to Get Along with Your Teenager: Setting Rules and Consequences

Rules and consequences are needed at home so that teenagers learn acceptable behavior, self control, and responsibility. Learning to use rules and consequences as a teaching tool to guide your teen’s behavior in a positive way will help your teen throughout her life.

Household rules and consequences need to be enacted correctly, however, or they can have adverse effects. Here are some techniques that parents can use when setting family rules and consequences.

Allow your teenager to help set the household rules and consequences. I can just hear many of the parents reading this saying,

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The Devastating Effects of Teen Meth Use

“Washington Teen Murdered after Drug Deal Goes Bad”, “Teen Dies from Meth Laced Drink”, and “Teen Gets 30 Years in Murder and Meth Case Plea Deal” are just three of the headlines involving meth from across the country this week. In many states, meth use is rampant; affecting our children and our communities and devastating lives.

Crystal meth is often produced in illegal labs using over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines that contain pseudoephedrine or ephedrine. The OTC medicines are combined with household products such as Anhydrous Ammonia, brake fluid, lighter fluid, battery acid, Drano, and hydrochloric acid. These chemicals are extremely toxic. The vapors produced when cooking meth are dangerous, not only to the persons cooking the meth but to others that

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Shocking Ways Teens are Hiding Drugs from Parents

One of the biggest problems teenagers seem to have when it comes to drugs is where to hide theirs. Unbelievably, thousands of users flock to message boards all over the Internet asking where the best place to hide drugs from their parents might be.

I was a little surprised at their creativity too. Many parents struggle trying to get their teens to pick their socks up off the floor or take dishes to the kitchen. Yet the users on these message boards are willing to climb into attics and carefully remove and replace light fixtures in order to stash their

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Secret is upsetting to Some Moms

Recently I have spoken with a couple of moms that were upset about the “secret” part of Secret Drug Test. In particular, both moms mentioned losing trust within the parent-child relationship as their main objection. Of course, I agree that trust is a very serious element in any relationship. Once trust has been lost, or questioned, a relationship becomes strained. Relationships with teens are already difficult to say the least, and adding strain to that is

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21 Protective Factors That Reduce Your Teen’s Risk of Drug Use

Just as there are risk factors that increase the chance of your teen abusing drugs, decades of research has identified protective factors that reduce the risk of drug abuse. We know now that genetics plays a role in addiction. And while it is impossible to change your teen’s genes, limiting risk factors and increasing protective factors will reduce the likelihood of him or her developing a substance abuse problem.

Below are 21 protective factors that will reduce your teen’s risk of drug use.

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Teen Drug Addiction and the Family

When it comes to teenage drug addiction, the teen addict is not the only person affected. Addiction affects the entire family. Having an addict in the family puts a lot of strain on all relationships as well as the family dynamics.  Addiction causes all members of the family to experience pain, frustration, and a lot of anger. Many times siblings of the addict will feel left out or ignored. Family therapy can be very important in enabling family members to restore relationships.

It’s so important for parents of teen addicts to learn new parenting techniques to deal with the addict as well as ways to help siblings cope with the addiction

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Experimenting with Drugs and Alcohol: Is it a normal rite of passage for teenagers?

It has long been considered a normal rite of passage for teenagers to experiment with alcohol and illegal drugs. Many of us recall experimenting with drugs and/or alcohol during our teenage years or had friends and/or classmates who did. A few kids would swipe beer or wine from the fridge at home and others would bring a little weed. Someone would start a bonfire, turn on some music, and everyone would just hang out having a good time.

That is no longer the world in which we live. Designer drugs and prescription medicine have replaced marijuana and beer. Today’s drugs are stronger, more

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8 Parenting Mistakes That Could Lead to Teen Substance Abuse

There is no doubt that teen substance abuse is a nation-wide problem that desperately needs nation-wide attention. Substance abuse has become an epidemic in our country and many parents are unaware of the extent and seriousness of it. Additionally, substance abuse prevention in past decades has been primarily taught at school.

However, in the past several years, science has made great strides in substance

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Are You Ignoring Your Teens Mental Health Issues?

As parents it’s sometimes hard to admit to ourselves that our teen may have mental health problems. When my 17 year old daughter came to me and said she needed to see a psychiatrist I said I would make an appointment for her. However, I had no intention of making an appointment for her. I had never seen any signs of depression, anxiety, anger issues, mania, social awkwardness, or behavioral problems. On the contrary, she had always been outgoing, intelligent, sweet, and just an all-around delightful teenager.

I had always felt quite blessed to have such a well-adjusted, respectful teen.  I didn’t believe for a minute that she had any mental health issues. I mean, how could I have missed something like that? She and I are extremely close. I thought

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5 Tips for Talking to Your Teen about Drugs and Alcohol

When it comes to talking to teens about drugs and alcohol, many parents don’t know where to begin. Every child is unique, so there is no one correct way to talk to your teen about drugs and alcohol. Here are 5 tips for talking to your teen about drugs and alcohol that will help the conversation stay positive and be productive.

1. Be prepared.

You don’t want to bring up the subject of drug abuse and addiction, and then not be able to answer any questions your teen has. To prepare for a conversation with your teen about substance abuse, it is necessary to educate yourself about

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Is Home Drug Testing a Violation of Privacy?

For several years I have been reading anguished parent’s posts on sites all across the Internet about drug testing their teens at home. Most parents concern is about whether or not they are violating their teens trust or privacy if they chose to drug test. When it comes to using secret drug tests many parents are even more convinced that they are violating their teen’s privacy or trust.

I am a mother of four. I have four drug-free children ages 6, 10, 16 and 18. I asked each of them, excluding my youngest, if they had some expectation of privacy when they used their cell phone or one of our computers. I explained that I would not be going through their phone or computer nor would I take it from them. I just needed to swipe the keypad or keyboard to find out if they were using drugs. Each of them responded after only a minute of thought. All three of them

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Suboxone Treatment for Opiate Dependency

There has been much debate over the effectiveness of Suboxone for treating drug addiction. Back in October of 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Suboxone for use in opioid addiction treatment. Suboxone is a combination of two drugs, buprenorphine and naloxone.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a medication that is called an “opioid antagonist”.  It is used in emergency rooms to counter the effects of opioid overdose. Common opioids that people abuse are oxycodone, morphine, and heroin.

Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist. What this means is that buprenorphine is an opioid and it produces the typical effects and side effects of opioids. However, its effects are quite a bit less than those of full agonists like heroin and

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Is Prescription Pain Medicine Abuse the Gateway to Heroin Addiction?

Reports of prescription pain medicine abuse foreseeing heroin addiction in teenagers and young adults have virtually tripled in the last five years. With prescription pain medicine abuse increasing the risk of heroin use by nearly 19 times, use of heroin has risen drastically. 80% of heroin users reported previously having had problems with prescription pain medicine abuse.

Heroin does not discriminate and shows no social boundaries. It’s not just being used in dark alleys, abandoned houses, and bad neighborhoods. Heroin is now the drug of choice for many upper-middle class teenagers and professionals.

Why heroin? Hundreds of thousands of people across the country developed an addiction to prescription pain medicine

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Teen Substance Abuse: 5 Reasons Teens Abuse Drugs and Alcohol

As a proactive parent I’m sure you know all the warning signs of substance abuse. But do you know the reasons that kids use drugs initially? By addressing individual issues such as self-esteem, insecurities, and emotional pain we can help to stop teen substance abuse.

Reasons for Teen Substance Abuse

To Fit In

Teens who are desperately trying to fit in somewhere are at very high risk.  Researchers from Stockholm University in Sweden found a direct relation between smoking and popularity. Teenagers who are considered “uncool” are at a high

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Talking to Your Teen about the Dangers of Marijuana

Now that marijuana is legal or medicinal in several U.S. states, parents are finding it extremely difficult to tell their teens that it is dangerous. Some parents may even be uncertain about the dangers of marijuana themselves. For an adult with particular medical conditions, marijuana may not pose much danger or have many side effects. However, scientists have conducted many studies and done much research on marijuana and the effects of it on adolescent brains. Scientists and doctors agree that the earlier an adolescent begins smoking, the higher the chances of permanently altering the brains structure and function.

Marijuana interacts with our brain through cannabinoid receptors in the areas of the brain that govern learning, habit

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October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

The first Presidential Proclamation was issued in 2011 by President Obama designating October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Every American will be affected by substance abuse in one way or another during their lifetime; some will not live to share their story.

Each day, lives are cut tragically short. Each year, substance abuse cost taxpayers an estimated $416 billion in preventable law enforcement, crime, health care and other costs. The damage that addiction does to families and communities is preventable.

Substance Abuse Prevention

Popular culture increasingly trivializes drug and alcohol use. In 1998, The United States Congress created the National

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7 Deadly Ways Teens Are Getting High

Teens are notorious dare devils. Oftentimes they are willing to try dangerous stunts for attention, out of boredom, or to get an adrenaline rush.

Following, however, are 7 deadly ways teens are getting high.

  • Smoking Alcohol

Yes, I said smoking alcohol. The new teen craze, appearing on YouTube and being talked about on Twitter, is very popular at teen parties. Alcohol is either poured over dry ice or a pump is used to create a vapor. The vapor is then inhaled.

The vapor is extremely strong. According to medical experts, inhaling the vapor is much like having 4 or 5 cups of

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3 Signs That Your Teen is Using Drugs

Signs of drug abuse can sometimes be very similar to normal signs of adolescents. However, there are three major signs of drug abuse that parents should be aware of which cannot be confused.

3 signs that your teen is using drugs:

Change of Friends

Your teen has either completely stopped hanging out with the best friend(s) he or she has had for several years or barely talks to him/her anymore and seems to be mad at him/her frequently.

Your teen has a new group of friends. These new friends don’t come to your house; if they do come over they remain

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Drug Testing Adolescents at Home: Questions and Answers

There has been some debate as to whether drug testing adolescents at home is a good idea or not. Many experts have said they do not recommend drug testing at home.

Don’t kids learn to trick drug tests?

Kids do learn to trick home drug tests; when this happens, parents may believe their kids have stopped using drugs and fail to ask for professional help. However, Secret Drug Test kits cannot be tricked.

What about getting false results using home drug tests?

As with other home tests there is the possibility of false negatives and positives. Following the instructions that are

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21 Factors Putting Your Teen at Risk for Drug Use

Research has identified several factors that put teens at risk for using drugs. However, many of the potentially harmful things putting your teen at risk for drug use can be changed. For instance, adolescents who learn life skills such as anger management, delaying gratification, conflict resolution, coping and communication skills are much more likely to be able to stay away from drugs. Life skills teach adolescents how to deal with their emotions, get along with others, and resist peer pressure.

Assessing your teen’s risk factors can help you identify the skills that are needed to keep him or her away from drugs.

21 factors putting your teen at risk for drug use:

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What to Do If You Suspect Your Teen Is Using Drugs

You suspect your teen is using drugs and you have had this suspension for some time. You have even started to get a little anxious about it. You’ve never done any drugs. You don’t even know anyone who has. Are you supposed to have an intervention or something? Is he going to have to go to rehab and miss school? He couldn’t have much of a drug problem, you would have noticed before now. Maybe you’re over-reacting. That’s possible, right? After all, you do have a tendency to do that. And now that you think about it, he has a 4.0 grade point average. He’s on the football team, he tutors freshmen after school and he loves working part time at the sporting goods store. He can’t be using drugs; he doesn’t have enough free time.

The first thing you need to do when you suspect your teen is using drugs is try to stay calm. Yelling and bombarding your teen with questions about drugs will only make him defensive and possibly angry. As hard as it may be, it is crucial to stay

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Popping Pills: A Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Prescription drug abuse has exploded all across the country. We seem to have turned into a nation of pill poppers. There’s a pill for everything. Unhappy? Take a pill. Feeling stressed? Take a pill. Need to stay awake and study? There’s a pill for that too. Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic.

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10 Tips for Raising Drug Free Kids

Raising drug free kids is a priority for most parents. We all want our kids to grow up and be healthy and happy. So why is teen substance abuse becoming a nationwide epidemic?

Substance abuse programs were developed in the 60’s and 70’s targeting our nation’s youth. Experts have since recognized the importance of family and community in prevention efforts. Studies show that parents have the strongest influence on children and prevention.

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3 Reasons Parents Are Not Talking About Substance Abuse

As parents our instinct to protect our children normally comes to us quite naturally. We lock drawers and cabinets, cap electrical outlets and put up child gates when they begin crawling. We tell them not to talk to strangers, never to swim right after eating and not to text while they are driving. With these protective parental instincts we have, why are so many of us not talking to our children about substance abuse?

While working on a project last year, I came across this statistic: A Back- to-School survey done in 2012 found 9 out of 10 High School students said classmates were drinking, using drugs and smoking during the school day.

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Is ADHD Related to Alcohol and Drug Abuse?

Recent studies have shown that children with ADHD may be much more likely that most to develop substance and alcohol abuse problems as they get older. There seems to be a strong connection between alcoholism, drug addiction and ADHD. According to WebMD, among the adults being treated for alcohol and substance abuse, the rate of ADHD is about 25%. That is 1 in 4 adults.

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Urban Outfitters Accused of Selling Products that Promote Prescription Drug Abuse

Urban Outfitters, a national retail store hugely popular with teenagers, is currently receiving quite a bit of negative attention from media outlets and parents everywhere. It seems the retail store recently began selling a line of products such as flasks, shot glasses and print glasses that are made to resemble prescription medicine bottles, syringes and other drug paraphernalia.

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Potentially Deadly Pharm Parties are on the Rise among Teens

Prescription drug abuse is becoming more and more popular among teens and young adults. Parents need to be aware of substance abuse trends such as “pharm parties”. Many parents hear a teenager talking about a pharm party and assume that some kids are sneaking a keg into someone’s barn. That is not what these parties are at all. “Pharm” actually stands for pharmaceutical. Those attending pharm parties are required to bring a handful of pills in a ziplock bag to share. Teens acquire the pills for these parties by searching through medicine cabinets at home and sometimes relatives’ houses. Some teen call this “pharming”.

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What is Robotripping?

Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is a common ingredient found in many over-the-counter cough syrups and cold and flu medicines. DXM was introduced in the U.S. in the late 1950’s, and when taken according to the recommended dose it is quite safe and effective. However, abusers tend to consume 10 to 50 times that of the therapeutic recommendation. This is commonly called robotripping. Taking such high doses of DMX is extremely dangerous. Not to mention that other ingredients found in these cough and cold medicines, such as acetaminophen, can cause liver damage, stroke, heart attack, and possible death when consumed in high doses.

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Dusting – A Potential Killer for Adolescence

The majority of parents are well aware that children have been known to use inhalants, such as glue and gasoline, to get high. I consider myself pretty well informed when it comes to substance abuse and early prevention. After all, I give speeches and write articles and books on the subject. So I was surprised when I recently stumbled across many news reports about “dusting.”

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Faced with academic pressure, students turn to ADD drug Adderall

According to an CNN report, written in August 2011, 80 percent of juniors and seniors in fraternities and sororities nationwide have used Adderall as a study drug. While students think that taking Adderall will help them study and focus on homework, the drug can also be addictive with adverse side effects.

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Teen pot use linked to low IQ

Teens who smoke marijuana see their IQs drop as adults, and deficits persist even after quitting, according to a new study.

Roughly 5 percent of the participants started using marijuana as teenagers. Those who smoked marijuana at least four times a week and used marijuana throughout their life saw their IQ drop an average of 8 points, the equivalent of going from an A to a B student. The drop was not explained by other drug use, years of education, schizophrenia or using marijuana in the day before the test.

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Most teens surveyed say drugs used and sold at school

A new survey by the National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University reveals some more startling facts about teen drug use. Namely, 86% of high school students say their classmates drink, smoke, or use illegal drugs on campus during the school day. Other facts revealed in the report:

–Students estimate that 17% of their classmates are drinking, using drugs or smoking during the school day. And about half say there’s a place on or near campus where this happens.

–Teens estimated that 47% of classmates drink alcohol; 40% use drugs; 30% smoke cigarettes.

–Sixty percent of high school students and 32% of middle school students say students keep or sell drugs on campus. (In private high schools, 54% said this happens.) The high school figure has been at least 60% in seven of the last eight years.

–Forty-four percent say they know someone who sells drugs at school. And 91% say they know someone who sells marijuana.

–Forty-five percent of teenagers say they’ve seen pictures on Facebook or other social media of kids getting drunk, passed out or using drugs. Nearly half of those kids say it seems like the kids pictured are having a good time. And while 6% of the teens who say they’ve never seen such pictures have used marijuana, 25% of those who have seen them have used marijuana. The numbers for alcohol are 13% versus 43%.

–About half of high school students say they have at least one friend who uses illegal drugs like acid, ecstasy, meth, cocaine or heroin. About a third say a friend abuses prescription orover-the-counter drugs.

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Ways to Prepare to Discuss Drug Use With Your Child

You must get educated about drug use and the options available for getting help. Check out the reports on intervention and treatment from DrugFree.org, an authoritative site dedicated to drug-free kids and homes.

To help you prepare for a conversation with your teen, the intervention guide recommends the following:

  • Get on the same page with your spouse or partner, and commit to presenting a unified front, even if you may disagree on some issues.
  • Acknowledge any history of addiction in the family and be willing to discuss this as a means of opening the topic for conversation. Discuss the increased risk likely to result from such a family history.
  • Set a desired outcome for your intervention. Do you want to impose a curfew? Set up treatment with a counselor? Curtail unsupervised events? Change friends? Sign a family contract? See the guide for more ideas.
  • Prepare for your child’s reaction. Expect that he or she will not be happy. Be prepared for accusations that you are a liar (“I’ve never done drugs”), a hypocrite (“You drink, smoke, etc.”), or a snoop (“You’ve gone through my stuff?!). The guide gives a handy flow chart of healthy responses to keep the conversation on track.

The intervention guide also offers tips on how to avoid getting stuck or derailed and keep the conversation productive.

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Why should you secretly drug test your child?

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Seventy-five percent (10 million) of all high school students have used addictive substances including tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or cocaine; 1 in 5 of them meets the medical criteria for addiction (source). Additionally, 46 percent of high school students currently use an addictive substance.

Secret drug testing is a way of getting answers to your questions and concerns about whether your child is using drugs, without having to directly ask your child.

Getting answers without having to ask your child can give you a huge advantage.

You can find out in advance whether your child is using drugs. You can collect evidence. THEN, you can ask direct questions; request a drug test involving of bodily fluids and/or a make a trip to a medical or counseling professional.

Get prepared in advance.

Educate yourself. Reflect on what course of action you will follow if your child’s test shows a “drug-present” result. Will you require immediate contact with a pediatrician or drug addiction specialist? If so, make those calls now and be prepared to take these actions.

Avoid the issues of breaching trust or uncomfortable confrontations.

Get the proof so you don’t make unfounded accusations. Prepare yourself for the arguments and counter accusations that your child will likely launch at you. When unprepared parents enter into a discussion about potential drug use, they somehow end up being accused of wrong doing by the very person (child) who has tested positive for drugs.

Get answers without the worry of him/her taking measures to “beat” the drug test.

This works well when you are suspicious and you want proof prior to approaching your child about this delicate and potentially deadly matter. If they know you are testing for drugs, they will try to conceal their drug use with more diligence.

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Report: Key Ingredient in “Bath Salts” Easy to Order from China

A new report by The Virginia-Pilot details how easy it can be to obtain methylone, a synthetic drug that is a key ingredient in “bath salts.”

“Step one to becoming an importer of designer street drugs: Email a laboratory in China.

Step two: Wire a few thousand dollars to a friendly, English-speaking customer service representative.

Step three: Wait for the postal carrier.”

Methylone is a white crystal powder that is usually snorted, swallowed, or mixed into drugs. It is also a key ingredient in “bath salts,” which can lead users to mutilate themselves or commit suicide.

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3 Ways Drug Testing Your Child is Considered to be Pro-Active Parenting Instead of Snooping

Are you worried about “snooping?” Your current situation has brought you to these pages about conducting secret drug tests on your child. There is a lot of popular press that calls home-based drug testing “snooping.” I’m here to tell you that you can choose to tell your child or not tell your child about your drug testing activities. It’s a personal decision and it should reflect on your family needs not the popular opinion of others. Using the following scenarios, we make suggestions regarding the effectiveness of telling or not telling your child about your drug-testing activities.

1:  you are a pro-active parent and you want to deter your child from using drugs. In this scenario it’s most effective to tell your child that you will conduct regular and random drug tests. Have an open discussion. Download, print and sign our free Family Contract For Prevention. This family contract is a Word document that you can modify to meet your needs or use it as it is. Many kids appreciate the parental involvement and find it easier to avoid bad situations by saying, “No, I can’t do that because I get drug-tested when I get home.” An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

2:  you are a suspicious parent who is seeing signs of potential drug use in your child and you want to do something about it. Your suspicions are so strong that you are beginning to worry throughout the day and night. You wish you could get answers to confirm your questions about whether your child is using drugs. For this scenario, we suggest that you use the Secret Drug Tests that we sell at http://secretdrugtest.com and don’t tell your child. In the scenario of being suspicious about potential drug use, you want to be able to conduct the drug tests in secret because you want honest answers. If your child is using drugs, he or she will not be open and honest about this activity. Secret drug testing will give you instant, accurate answers.

If you get a drug-present result, you should begin planning how to handle your next steps. Read both parent guides from DrugFree.org, which is an authoritative site dedicated to drug-free kids and homes. Click the following links to download their two helpful guides on intervention and treatment to help you prepare for an effective conversation that leads to getting the help you and your child need. These guides will help you become educated not only about the signs and symptoms of drug use but also regarding effective action steps for getting help.

If you get a drug-not-present result, you may or may not be convinced at the findings based on your observations and situation. If you think your child is using drugs, you may want to continue conducting secret drug testing at more regular intervals to get an accurate picture of your child’s potential drug usage.

3: is a scenario of empowerment and hope for the parent of a child who is a confirmed drug user or a former drug user. The secret drug testing will give the parent accurate answers as to whether the child is remaining drug-free as promised. For parents who have already endured the consequences of living with a drug addicted child, you know the living nightmare this causes. If your child is drug-free and you wish to allow him/her to return to your home to live, you can conduct secret drug testing to know for sure that your home is indeed drug-free. Secret drug testing will give you some peace of mind when allowing a known drug-addicted child to return to living in the household either during or after completion of a drug rehabilitation program.

We recommend three steps for the parents involved in this scenario to regain a sense of comfort and assurance that the household will remain drug-free. This first step involves having an open and honest discussion with the child and the family who lives within the household. This discussion will result in a clear understanding of family expectations as well as a clear statement of the consequences if the child returns to drug-using activities. The second step is to sign a family contract to solidify this conversation. Download the free Family Contract for Remaining Drug Free and modify it or use it as is. The family contract includes all of the details of the agreement and the consequences. The effective family contract is agreed to and signed by the parent(s) and the child who has vowed to remain drug-free. Additionally, it is useful to ask all family members to sign the contract and make a commitment to be of assistance to the family. Ask for additional commitment from extended family members as well. This improves the effectiveness of the contract. The third phase of providing peace and the assurance of a drug-free household in a formerly drug-using household involves conducting drug testing. This drug testing should be both regular and random so the drug tests accurately reflect whether this household is indeed drug-free, as expected. It is your house, not your child’s. If you want to live in a drug-free household, it is within your rights to do so. Children are “invited guests” and if they choose to return to drug-use, the privilege of living under your roof can be revoked.

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More than 60% of kids report that drugs were sold, used or kept at school

According to www.DrugFreeHomeFoundation.org 1.8 million kids twelve and older are current users of cocaine. In 2008, more than 453,000 American kids age 12+ had used heroin at least once. And more than 60% of school kids surveyed reported that drugs were sold, used or kept at school. Your child will most likely be exposed to drugs at some point. We all hope for the best. But let’s face it, if they are experimenting with drugs, they are certainly NOT going to tell you about it.

We Are On Your Side

If you are faced with the unenviable situation of dealing with heartbreaking drug abuse and possible addiction, our hearts go out to you. You are not alone. There are millions of parents who have questions about whether their child (or other loved ones) are using drugs.

It is vitally necessary to face the facts and deal with the situation as it really is, not as we might wish it to be. We can help you confirm the use (or non-use) of drugs in your child’s life and in your home. Realize that making the correct identification of drug presence in your home, vehicle, or on your child’s possessions is just one step in the process of insuring a drug-free home—but it is a critical and necessary step. Here we provide the tools to give you answers.

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