A critical part of understanding teen drug use is awareness about drug paraphernalia—the items kids use to hide or consume drugs. You may find these items in your child’s bedroom, car or backpack. Knowing what to look for can be difficult for those us that aren't drug experts. Use this user-friendly guide created by the DEA to help identify several different drugs.
Recently, Netflix renewed “13 Reasons Why,” which depicts the journey of a high school student who dies by suicide (after being bullied and having school counselors dismiss her), leaving behind audio tapes detailing the events that she perceives led to her death. We know that many schools are having safe conversations about the Netflix series and are providing resources for students. We encourage parents, schools, youth organization, youth groups, faith communities and non-pr
On that warm summer night, as I caught a glimpse of my son, I knew. He was standing across the yard, holding a plastic plate filled with summer party food and holding a red plastic cup. The sun hit his twelve year old hair in just a way that I could see the blonde highlights from a summer spent frolicking in the pool. His gangly Tween legs seemed to lack direction and his arms made his plate seem small. He stood alone and was wearing a look I’d never before seen on his face b
Fentanyl & Other Synthetic Opioids: What are some slang terms? China Girl, China White, Murder 8, Tango and Cash, Pink What is it? Fentanyl and similar compounds like carfentanil are powerful synthetic opioids 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl is available as a schedule II prescription drug under such names as Actiq®, Duragesic®, and Sublimaze®. Along with other similarly potent synthetic opioids, fentanyl also shows up in illicit forms that are frequently c
Deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids (not including methadone), rose a staggering 72% in just one year, from 2014 to 2015. Government agencies and officials of all types are rightly concerned by what some are describing as the third wave of our ongoing opioid epidemic. As a concerned parent, whose top priority is keeping your child safe — and alive — the following are the most important things to understand about fentanyl. 1. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more poten
Parents will do almost anything to keep their children safe, but communicating with youth becomes more challenging as they get older. That’s why you should talk to your children about alcohol and other drugs early. It’s a conversation that you need to have because drugs can ruin your child’s life. Every year, millions of teens try alcohol, marijuana or tobacco products for the first time. Most of them won’t get caught. They won’t get in a car accident, and they won’t become a