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PDT-90 COULD SAVE A LIFE !
Teenagers are exposed to illegal drugs every day!

Drugs aren't just illegal. They're lethal!

PDT-90 is the most effective tool available for parents who want to deter their teenagers from ever trying drugs or, as a safety precaution, to detect whether drugs have already been used.

FACT: Drug Users Lie!

Yes, even though a teenager may look you in the eyes and deny he/she uses drugs, they may be and, if so, they're walking a lethal tightrope.

PDT-90 is a test that can easily be taken with complete confidentiality, from collection to the lab reporting. It will tell you whether your child has used drugs in the previous several months. It's the same test used by thousands of corporations and police departments around the world.

A deterrent:Yes, a PDT-90 Drug Test will often gives your teenager the excuse he/she wants to avoid the peer pressure of using drugs.

"I can't try it, my parents have this tough drug test !"

  TAKING CONTROL As a parent, you are the first line of defense against your child's drug use. "A Parents Guide to Prevention" published by the US Department of Education says:
"If your child is using drugs, it is important to avoid blaming yourself for the problem and to get whatever help is needed to stop your child's use. If you face the problem promptly, there's a good chance your child can be helped.

Discuss drug use with your children and establish family rules. It is extremely important to establish a clear "no drugs" mandate and to make sure it's communicated clearly to your children.

Impose whatever course of discipline your family has decided on for violating the rules and stick to it. Don't relent because your child promises never to do it again."

You have the tools available to give you a "fighting chance" against your child's potential drug use. But you must remember, your child is subject to enormous peer pressures and your stand must be tough and unequivocal. Drug use in any form, including marijuana, should NEVER be tolerated.



12. When the Officer says "Gee Son....Your eyes look red, have you been
drinking?" You probably shouldn't respond with,"Gee Officer your eyes
look glazed, have you been eating doughnuts?"
  Drug Use Statistics and Legal Liabilities of Parents 60% of youngsters who use marijuana before age 15 go on to use cocaine.
Between 1992-1995 marijuana usage among 12-17 year olds doubled.
Columbia University has found that kids who smoke marijuana are 85 times more likely to use cocaine than their non-marijuana smoking peers.
Average age for kids to begin experimenting with illegal substances is 13.
The potency of marijuana THC levels today is 15-20 times stronger than marijuana in the 1970's.
On average, kids found by their parents to be using drugs, have been using for two years prior to discovery.
Most medical insurance policies have a clause that allows them to not pay a medical claim "if there is an illegal substance in the system, or an illegal act is being performed at the time of the loss." Parents can be held legally responsible for those bills.
Several states are enacting Parental Responsibility Laws in which the parent is held responsible for the behavior of the child.
If a child brings any amount of a controlled substance into their parent's home or auto, the parent could have that home or auto seized by the federal government, regardless of having no knowledge of their child's behavior.
Average cost of drug rehabilitation is $ 3000-8000 a month, with few medical insurers paying anything on such a claim.
In 1995, 19.9% of 8th-graders have used marijuana. 34.1% of 10th-graders have used marijuana. 41.7% of 12th-graders have used marijuana (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 5/96).
In 1996, 4.4 percent of high school seniors had used crystal methamphetamine at least once in their lives, an increase from 2.7 percent in 1990. Data shows that 2.8 percent of seniors had used crystal methamphetamine in 1996, more than twice the 1.3 percent reported in 1990 (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 9/97).
Adolescents who smoke pot are 85 times more likely to use cocaine than their non-pot smoking peers. 60% of youngsters who use marijuana before they turn 15 go on to use cocaine (American Council for Drug Education, 1997).
One in five American teenagers have used inhalants to get high (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1996).
The percentage of 12-to-17-year-olds who have ever tried heroin has more than doubled and just as many eighth-graders as 12th-graders have tried heroin. There were 141,000 new heroin users in 1995, and that there has been an increasing trend in new heroin use since 1992. Estimates of use for other age groups also increased, particularly among youths age 12 to 17: the incidence of first-time heroin use among this age group increased fourfold from the 1980s to 1995 (National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 1996).
In 1996, 6.5 percent of 10th-graders had tried cocaine at least once, up from 5.0 percent in 1995. The percentage of 8th-graders who had ever tried cocaine rose significantly from 2.3 percent in 1991 to 4.5 percent in 1996 (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1/96).

 

A Snapshot of the Teen Drug Problem in America Today

According to the 2002 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, an estimated 23.6 million teens are in grades seven through 12 in America today. Of them:
11.3 million (48 percent of the teen population) have tried illegal drugs at least 1 time;
8.5 million (37 percent) have used illegal drugs in the past year at least 2 times;
5.4 million (24 percent) - nearly one out of every four teens in the nation - have used illegal drugs in the past 30 days

Adolescent drug use in America peaked in 1979, declined steadily throughout the 1980s and climbed once again from 1992 to 1996. Drug use among teenagers declined from 1997 to 1999; it has been stable since then.

Overall drug use among American teens is down by statistically significant percentages compared to 1997:
Trial use (or experimentation, defined as having used a drug at least once) is down to 48 percent in 2002 from 53 percent in 1997.
Past-year use is down to 37 percent from 43 percent.
Past-month use is down to 24 percent from 28 percent.
However, teen use of Ecstasy is an exception to these trends; the number of teens reporting they have tried is up 57 percent since 1997 (11 percent in 2002 compared to seven percent in 1997). Teen experimentation with is now equal to or greater than adolescent consumption of Cocaine , crack, Heroin , LSD and Methamphetamine . By far, Marijuana remains the most widely used illegal drug among teens. In fact, as the following table shows, the number of teens that have used marijuana in the past 30 days is higher than the number of teens that have ever tried any one other illicit drug.

Drug Percentage of Teens Who
Have Used It Number of Teens Who
Have Used It
Marijuana 40 percent 9.4 million
Marijuana - Past Year 32 percent 7.6 million
Marijuana - Past Month 20 percent 4.7 million
Inhalants 19 percent 4.5 million
Ecstasy 11 percent 2.6 million
Methamphetamine 10 percent 2.4 million
LSD 9 percent 2.1 million
Cocaine/Crack 8 percent 1.9 million
Heroin 4 percent 0.9 million


A final note: while marijuana remains the most widely used illegal drug among teens, the number of teens who have used marijuana is dwarfed by the number of teens who have tried Alcohol and/or Tobacco cigarettes. According to Monitoring the Future, 78.4 percent of 12th graders alone have tried alcohol; 57.2 percent of 12th graders have tried tobacco cigarettes. Both of these figures have been declining in recent years.




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