Drug Testing Teens at Home

To help combat teenage drug abuse, many parents are turning to do-it-yourself drug tests. Home drug testing kits are now widely available on the Internet and in many pharmacies. These tests typically use urine, hair or saliva to test for a panel of drugs that may include marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and opioids. There is no question about the importance of stopping teenage drug abuse. Because the body and brain are undergoing critical development during adolescence, drug use can be especially damaging to a teen's health and emotional well-being. Studies have shown that the earlier a teenager begins using drugs, the greater the risk of developing drug dependence or addiction. However, there is limited evidence that home drug tests are an effective way to deal with teen drug abuse. According to a 2008 article in U.S. New & World Report, there are a variety of ways to cheat drug tests. An online search reveals a wide range of tips and products for passing urine drug tests, including tampering with or…

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The Seth Foundation – Teenage Heroin Advocacy

We haven't given proper coverage to the powerful website/advocacy group that was started by the bereaved family of Seth Norcutt. Website: http://www.thesethfoundation.org Seth's story is a 'must read'  because it is written in a very compelling and moving manner - go straight to that page here.  Seth was like many of those that contact us, he struggled with addiction after experimenting recreationally and getting hooked.  Seth was from the San Diego, California area. Seth ended up dying of a heroin overdose, but as it says in the story: Seth first started with simple over-the-counter medications like soma and vicodin and progressed to oxycontin. Why not, at $5 a pill, and readily available at school and from his friends, they were easy. No mess, nothing to hide, and the "Narc's" at school would never know. That was less than two years ago The family, after suffering the greatest of losses, made the decision to turn their experience into a beacon of hope for those that may still be saved. We…

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Justice For Henry – Some are Not Taking this Laying Down

More Sadness and Loss but Also More Internet Activism We sometimes read something that re-invigorates our mission to put an end to the loss of innocent life due to irresponsible drug laws and medical practices. For another moving example of those who choose not to grieve silently but rather stand up to be heard, visit this site: http://justiceforhenry.com/about-henry/ You will be moved as we certainly are. Happy 4th of July and le'ts hope the coming year brings us closer to Justice for Henry.

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Teen Heroin Use Rising in Los Angeles Suburbs

According to an article written by the LA Times, the heroin use in Glendale and La Crescenta is rising as LA based gangs make their way into these suburbs and educate and give away the drug to users who are “at risk”of addiction and overdose. Per the Glendale Police, all drug related offenses that were investigated in the Crescenta Valley during the month of January were attributed to heroin. This comes at a time when a variety of factors is leading the nation’s youths and young adults into a dangerous love affair with opiates and other drugs like ecstasy, inhalants, meth.   The factors are as disparate as prescription drug legislation and the geopolitical climate that affects Afghanistan (the source of much of the world’s heroin).  The global economy and the United State’s proximity to Mexico also have an influence on this “perfect storm” for heroin overdose (read an article about Three Unlikely Partners in Crime: Afghanistan, Mexico, and Prescription Drugs Manufacturers). Why is this relevant to our StopOxy.com blog?…

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