Jennifer knew that her 15-year-old son, Jeff, had fallen in with the wrong crowd when he started high school. She saw the signs and noticed his grades slipping. She and her husband met with Jeff’s teachers, tried to get Jeff to attend counseling sessions, and made every effort to try and talk to their son. Jeff’s attendance at school continued to get worse, he started to dress and act differently, and several times Jennifer could smell marijuana and cigarettes on Jeff’s clothes. She tried to tell herself that Jeff was just an average teenager, experimenting was just a part of growing up, and that he was only going through a phase. Maybe it was just a phase. Unfortunately, one night Jeff decided to try what he thought was a Xanax pill that one of his “friends” gave him. The Xanax had the street form of Fentanyl in it, a Legally-prescribed painkiller which is more addictive than heroin. Within 30 minutes Jeff’s heart stopped. Luckily, paramedics were called and able to revive Jeff before he suffered permanent brain damage. This is just one instance of thousands that happen all over the U.S every day.
Drug overdose deaths rose from 8,048 in 1999 to 47,600 in 2017. The numbers continue to rise, and the trend has been named the opioid epidemic. Many parents are in a panic as teens have access to prescriptions drugs that are stronger than anything that has ever been available before. The rate of overdose has risen consistently across the United States as drugs like Fentanyl and Oxycontin sweep across the nation and endanger even seasoned drug users, but are especially harmful to younger, less experienced, drug users. So, what can parents do to make sure their teens are safe? The first thing is to find out the truth.
Fentanyl can be detected in urine for up to 3 days, in blood for up to 48 hours, and in hair for up to 3 months. Saliva tests are not reliable detectors of fentanyl. This is just one of many reasons why ProHealth is now offering hair drug testing. If a teen uses Fentanyl at a party on Friday night, it will be undetectable by Monday night. However, a hair test will determine what a teen has been exposed to for at least the last three months. These tests are not about an invasion of privacy or a lack of trust; these tests are meant to save lives. The tests are confidential and do not require a doctor’s note. You don’t even need an appointment.
If you believe your teen is going down the wrong path, don’t wait until it’s too late. Get the answers you need, so you can make sure they don’t make a mistake that could cost them their lives. ProHealth has walk-in clinics in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, and lab locations Santa Rosa Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Milton, and Crestview. You can walk into any ProHealth location and get the testing services you need.
Confidential drug testing is offered at all ProHealth locations without a doctor’s note or an appointment.