For Schools and Parents
Drugs and Alcohol
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) 2008 “Monitoring The Future” study on illicit drug and alcohol use by teens and youth, drug use trends that concern both parents and schools reflect:
- 10.9% of 8th graders, 23.9% of 10th graders and 32.4% of 12th graders use marijuana
- 15.4% of 12th graders have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Vicodin continues to be abused at high levels.
- 2.7% of 8th graders, 7.2% of 10th graders and 9.6% of 12th graders had abused Vicodin
- 1.8% of 8th graders, 3.9% of 10th graders and 5.2% of 12th graders had abused OxyContin for nonmedical purposes at least once in the year prior to being surveyed
From peer pressure to looking for a way to deal with family and life challenges, drug and alcohol use by teens is a problem. More importantly, parents and schools may work hand-in-hand in monitoring and managing substance abuse.
What are some of the signs and symptoms of teen drug and/or alcohol use? The short list includes:
- Behavioral issues
- Changes in relationships with family members or friends
- Mood changes or emotional instability
- Withdrawn or depressed; uncommunicative
- Periods of sleeplessness or high energy, followed by long periods of sleeping
- Absenteeism or loss of interest in school or extracurricular activities
- Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or home
- Disappearance of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as alcohol or money
- Personal appearance, habits or action changes
- Poor hygiene and personal care
- Track marks on arms or legs
- Frequently breaking curfew
- Using over-the-counter eye reddening washes and/or breath mints and gum more frequently
ExperTox supports both parents and schools through its drug and alcohol testing services designed to target those most vulnerable areas of substance abuse by youth and teens. Alternative specimen testing options allow for drug detection over varying time periods, from recent use to six months or more, including oral fluid, blood, urine, hair and nails.
These tests include:
- Drug Tests
- Synthetics tests
- Comprehensive Date Rape Panel
- Alcohol Tests
- Synthetic Opiates such as Hydrocodone and Oxycodone (OxyContin)
Another area of concern for parents of young women is date rape. All it takes is a simple pill, from a prescription or illicit drug to an over-the-counter allergy medication, dropped into a beverage to cause a person to unknowingly lose their memory, inhibitions and consciousness. If an unfortunate situation should occur, ExperTox can test blood, urine or hair for drugs most commonly used in date rape situations through our basic or comprehensive Date Rape Testing Panels.
Bottom-line, there is no reason to suspect or wonder if your child has a substance abuse problem – get answers quickly, easily and confidentially through ExperTox. Contact us now at 1-877-973-7869 (XPE-RTOX) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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