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Myth: Marijuana Is Medicine

Reality: Smoked Marijuana Is Not Medicine (Continued from Page 1) The scientific and medical communities have determined that smoked marijuana is a health danger, not a cure. There is no medical evidence that smoking marijuana helps patients. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved no medications that are smoked, primarily because smoking is a poor way to deliver medicine. Morphine, for example has proven to be a medically valuable drug, but the FDA does not endorse smoking opium or heroin. Congress enacted laws against marijuana in 1970 based in part on its conclusion that marijuana has no scientifically proven medical value, which the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed more than 30 years later in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative, et al., 532 U.S. 483 (2001). Marijuana remains in schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act because it has a high potential for abuse, a lack of accepted safety...
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Marijuana: The Myths Are Killing Us

DEA Head Examines Harmful Misconceptions About Pot Karen Tandy, the administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, examined the harm done to the youth of America by myths surrounding marijuana use in an article for the March 2005 issues of Police Chief Magazine. It is reprinted below with permission. When 14-year-old Irma Perez of Belmont, California, took a single ecstasy pill one evening last April, she had no idea she would become one of the 26,000 people who die every year from drugs. Irma took ecstasy with two of her 14-year-old friends in her home. Soon after taking the tiny blue pill, Irma complained of feeling awful and said she felt like she was "going to die." Instead of seeking medical care, her friends called the 17-year-old dealer who supplied the pills and asked for advice. The friends tried to get Irma to smoke marijuana, but when she couldn't because she was...
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Synthetic Marijuana - K2 & Spice

You may not have realized it, but synthetic marijuana is being sold in gas stations and convenience stores. Under the names "K-2" and "Spice," this synthetic drug aims at being a legal way to get a herbal high. Many states have banned the drugs though because they are made from dangerous "chemical concoctions," reports the Christian Science Monitor. "K-2" began being sold in 2006 as incense or potpourri, reported livescience.com. It's price is similar to that of marijuana in that it is sold for between $30-$40 for a three gram bag. What is in synthetic marijuana? Since synthetic marijuana is mainly made by individual sellers, the exact ingredients are not known. One of the chemicals in the synthetic drugs that was outlawed was JWH-018, which produces effects similar to THC. JWH-018 was found in "K-2" and was blamed by one coroner's report for the death of a 19-year-old basketball player....
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What Parents Can Do to Prevent DXM Abuse, Street names Dex, Robo, Skittles, Triple C, Tussin

DXM Addiction: Signs, Dangers and Treatment An abuse of cough syrup that contains codeine and DXM (Dextromethorphan) is dangerous. Codeine, an opiate, and DXM, a psychoactive drug, are two very addictive substances. Cough syrup is a preferred substance to abuse for some because of its wide availability and low cost. Addicts drink these syrups undiluted or mixed with other drugs, juices or sodas. Signs of Cough Syrup (DXM) Abuse Cough Syrup (DXM) abuse often has similar effects with marijuana. It is known to produce auditory hallucinations and euphoria. Use of cough syrup causes other undesirable effects like depression, dizziness, high blood pressure, impaired judgement, nausea and panic attacks. Aside from these dangerous side effects, cough syrup also causes poor coordination, constipation and fatigue. The ingredient in cough medicine that makes it dangerous is dextromethorphan (DXM). DXM is chemically similar to morphine and is used as a cough suppressant. When abused, DXM...
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Amphetamine Abuse

Chronic Amphetamine Abuse May Result in Long-Term Changes in Brain Activity Recent animal studies seem to corroborate findings that rehabilitation and addiction specialists have acknowledged for years; chronic amphetamine use disrupts the emotional and cognitive processes of those who abuse it. The research in the studies cited here involved analysis of rats and rat brains that had been subjected to chronic exposure to amphetamines. This research sheds light on how the amphetamines distort and disrupt the basic processes of the brain and central nervous system. Although amphetamines can increase attention, reaction times and focus in the short term, long-term use of the drugs can result in a chemical rewiring of those parts of the brain that mediate messages of memory, arousal, and emotional responses to environmental cues. The systems most affected by amphetamine use are those that manage and mediate D1 and D2 dopamine neurons located in the amygdala. Pathways and...
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What Could Be Wrong With a Little Dragonfly?

Recent reports into the  Drug Abuse Recognition (DAR) Hotline suggest that the designer drug world is undergoing some shifts in drug preferences and manners of use. In the course of a recently held Medtox DAR Designer Drug webinar, approximately 800 attendees responded to the presentation with anecdotes and other stories of designer drug use in the jurisdictions they serve. As you can imagine, designer drug abuse is wide and varied. It is also quite dangerous. In this regard, leading the list of unusual and unregulated substances is a hallucinogenic phenethylamine product called Bromo-DragonFLY. Rarely mentioned in media coverage, Bromo-DragonFLY is a potent hallucinogen, a drug that is very capable of rendering a user incapacitated and in need of emergency medical attention. While its legal status in the United States is murky, a number of other countries have moved quickly to regulate or outright ban the drug. A related compound called 2...
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Kids overdosing on new drug called 25i

25iRICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – NBC12 has a frightening warning for parents. There's a hot new designer drug on the streets and students right here in the metro-area are using and abusing it.     It's a hallucinogenic called 25i. NBC12 received some calls from parents concerned about this new drug. Turns out Richmond Ambulance Authority crews treated five overdose cases last weekend alone. Dose: ~650ug Prepared on blotter paper. Ingestion method:  sublabially (absorbed through gums) kids are targeted with tats like sponge bob, pictures ect. 25i is new to the streets of Central Virginia and new to medics arriving on scene last weekend in Richmond. Five patients were all experiencing effects similar to other hallucinogenic drugs, according to Lt. Jennifer Reese. "Violence, episodes of depression, they were unaware of their person, place and time," she described. "We also had one that was experiencing seizure activity." RAA has learned two of the patients actually had bleeding in...
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Salvia

  Overview Salvia DivinorumSalvia Divinorum is a plant that contains the psychoactive chemical Salvinorin A and although it resembles marijuana, its effects are much closer to LSD or Peyote. It can be bought in a variety of strengths and grades ranging from 5[x] to 160[x] (most potent). Like other hallucinogenic plants, Salvia has been used in religious ceremonies and for spiritual rituals for centuries. In recent history, Salvia’s popularity has grown immensely due to social media sites like YouTube. Although Salvia is most commonly smoked out of a pipe or bong, it can also be chewed, smoked in a vaporizer, or even mixed in a drink. One of the main qualities that set Salvia apart from other commonly used hallucinogens is the fact that it is sold legally, provided the consumer is 18 years or older. Also, Salvia’s intoxication period is uniquely short. Including both the peak and the comedown, Salvia’s...
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Prescription Drug Abuse - Mother Confronts A Beast

prescription drugs addictionJo's Story - Mother Confronts A Beast A day does not go by in America when a life is not lost or ruined due to opiate prescription drug abuse. Pain medicine addiction had risen “400 percent in the last decade.” Although that statistic is daunting enough, it does nothing to describe the horror and terror this demon wields on a family when it strikes home personally. As the mother of a prescription drug addict, I can attest that life as I used to know stopped on March 7, 2007, when my son was injured in an automobile accident. Although I did not know it until a few months later, because he never told me how much he hurt, my son’s back had been severely injured. After consulting with injury lawyers and being referred to a chiropractor and a pain management clinic, hell on earth began. As his abuse of OxyContin grew,...
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The Danger of Bath Salts

Drug Testing - Danger of Bath Salts Overview When it comes to designer drugs (a drug or drugs slightly altered chemically in order to evadedrug restriction laws), bath salts are some of the most dangerous. In fact, in many waysbath salts exemplify every aspect that makes designer drugs so threatening both literally andfiguratively. They started gaining wide popularity in 2009 and were sold by a large numberof manufacturers. Other than being sold in head shops, they have also been sold in someconnivance stores and on several websites. Depending of which part of the country, Bath Saltshave been reported as either flying off the shelves or generally sold under the counter. Bothmakes since because Bath Salts were labeled a product “Not to be sold to persons under theage of 18”. The Chemicals of Bath Salts Mephedrone and MDPX are the two main chemical compounds found in bath salts. They are synthetic derivatives of cathinone, a naturally occurring central...
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Perspective and Prevention

Bromo Dragonfly will not be the last drug to make headlines, but it does represent some new trends in drug use. The Internet’s role in drug use, easy accessibility, and murky legalities are all now a reality for many families. It’s up to parents, teachers and health-care professionals to protect our loved ones through education and prevention. Bromo Dragonfly Part 1 Bromo Dragon Fly Part 2  
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How Can I Protect My Family?

In the end, parents are the CEOs of their home. If your family is currently in crisis or you have strong suspicions, there are a number of ways to safeguard your home. This may include tracking credit card statements, screening packages that come to the home, and even tracking Internet browsing histories. If you are in a desperate situation, don’t feel bad about doing what is necessary in your child’s best interest. That being said, the best way to prevent drug use is to establish a culture in your home that preserves both safety and dignity. Parents need to clear about the expectations they have regarding drug use. It’s equally important to withhold judgment so that children won’t be discouraged to communicate with you in times of need. The best parenting styles for drug prevention are authoritative, meaning that parents are emotionally available and compassionate, while holding firm boundaries and expectations....
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Why Is This Stuff Legal?

Dragonfly and many other synthetic drugs are currently not regulated on a federal level. The problem is that these chemicals can easily be altered with slight changes in structure to evade regulation. It also takes time for legislation to pass, creating an endless catch-up game for government agencies. These drugs are bought online sometimes from other countries, so jurisdiction is another problem.
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Teens, Dragonfly Drug Abuse and Preventing Buying Drugs Online, Part 2

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Teens, Dragonfly Drug Abuse and Preventing Buying Drugs Online, Part 1

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