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          Teen Trends: Killer Numbers

          September 03, 2012

          Dr. Phil puts parents on high alert to the latest teen trends with dangerous consequences. From synthetic marijuana to illegal tattoos and dangerous beatings, teens open up about what’s really happening in schools. Plus, a mother shares her heartbreaking story in hopes of helping others.

          Synthetic Marijuana
          Carrie says her 19-year-old son, Stephen, was having fun with friends one night when he smoked synthetic marijuana and later died of a heart attack. She’s now on a mission to let other parents and teens know about this trend’s deadly repercussions. Plus, can this paramedic — who tried frantically to save her own son — gain the courage to move forward with her life?

          “He was using this new fake weed that was legal, so it was probably safe.”

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          Illegal Tattoos

          Paula says her 15-year-old daughter, Lindsay, is out of control and keeps getting tattoos — done illegally and at friends’ homes — despite her pleas for her to stop. Can Dr. Phil and celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D help this teen see that she’s putting her health in jeopardy, or will Lindsay reveal something that adds further concern?

          “If you do something that you know puts your health in danger, that’s not being an individual.”

          The “30 Seconds” Game

          Jasmine, 13, made headlines after she was seen in a YouTube video, participating in — and losing — the “30 Seconds” game, which challenges students to beat each other up within a 30-second time frame. Can Dr. Phil help her stand up to her peers without raising a fist? Plus, Dr. Travis Stork, of the Emmy Award-winning talk show, The Doctors, weighs in on why this so-called “game” could change a student’s life in one second — not 30.

          “A lot of this is due to peer pressure, and it’s intense now; it’s magnified because of Facebook, YouTube and a lot of the social media.”

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