The Pros and Cons of Home Drug Tests For Teenagers

Posted by Laurie Spivey, MST Services

Should I home drug test my teenager?

Teenagers. Even ones who don’t get into trouble can raise their parents’ blood pressure to the level of an ER visit. But what about the ones who are skirting the line, maybe taking illegal drugs, in danger of getting in trouble with the law? What's a parent to do?

For those who think their children are abusing drugs, there is the option of readily available in-home drug screens. They have become much less expensive in recent years. A marijuana screen may cost as little as $1. There is a lot of controversy over resorting to drug screening. But having worked for nearly 11 years in Multisystemic Therapy (MST), I see drug tests as a huge parenting “win.” Knowledge is power. If you believe there is a problem, you can act.drugin_testing_smaller

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Topics: substance abuse, substance misuse

Youths Adopting Legal Highs Change Face of Drug Misuse in UK

Posted by Colette Beatson and John Cooper

Legal Highs Changing The Face Of Substance Misuse In The U.K.

It used to be when you talked about illegal drug use in the United Kingdom, you were talking about weed, cannabis, hashish, coke, snow, whiz, amphetamines, speed and heroin. The risk, dangers and effects of these substances were widely known.drug_use_for_blog

However, in recent years, we are seeing the increased use of what are called “legal highs.” In is not against the law to buy these substances in head shops or at festivals. They are often sold as “not for human consumption,” which means they are not yet controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Research is ongoing, and decisions are being made on whether they should be made illegal with some already classified A, B, based on their potential harm.

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Topics: substance misuse, legal highs

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