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Teens are Turning to Hand Sanitizer to Get Drunk

Six teenagers have ended up in San Fernando Valley emergency rooms recently with symptoms of alcohol poisoning. But the illicit alcohol didn't come from their parents' liquor cabinets or from illegally purchased beers. These teens got drunk -- and dangerously ill -- drinking hand sanitizer. Related: 6 Risky Games Your Kids May Be Playing They're not drinking the gel straight from the dispenser. Some of the teens reportedly used salt to isolate the ethyl alcohol in the disinfectant, turning the gel into a shot of something like liquor; others go online to find distillation instructions. Since most hand sanitizers are 62 percent to 65 percent ethyl alcohol, the drink distilled from it can be as high as 120 proof. (In contrast, a standard shot of vodka is about 40 percent alcohol, or 80 proof.) "All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager," Cyrus Rangan, director...
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How To Stop Smoking Cannabis in 7 Steps

Many people who smoke cannabis, otherwise known as marijuana or pot, become addicted to it without even realizing that they have an addiction. In fact, if a long time user of cannabis is asked if they are addicted, they will typically say that they are not, because they really don’t think they are. When they try to quit, however, it becomes obvious that they are addicted, and they need some steps to stop smoking cannabis. What to Expect When You Stop Smoking Cannabis Some people claim that there are no withdrawals when you try to stop smoking cannabis. It is important to realize that these people were never truly addicted to it – or they never really quit smoking cannabis. The withdrawal symptoms are very real, and are similar to the same withdrawal symptoms that you might experience if you were addicted to alcohol or tobacco and suddenly denied your body...
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Teen Drug Abuse Treatment

When drug use begins in early adolescence there is increased risk to become addicted. This is partly due to the immaturity of the young brain and its impulse control ability. Prevent Teen Drug Abuse with Prevention Treatment of Teenage Drug Abuse can include preventing it.  Talk with your teenager, know what is going on in their life, what their worries and fears are, and know who they are associating with.  Peer relationships, educational problems and family issues can greatly affect the risk of drug use. If you suspect your teen is using drugs it is crucial that you talk to them about it.  If you have undisputable evidence that your teen is in fact using drugs you must get help for them immediately. Infrequent drug use can progress to frequent drug use without intervention. Teen Drug Abuse Treatment Options Teen drug abuse treatment includes programs for drug awareness, drug free programs,...
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Myth: Smoking Marijuana Harms Only the Smokers

Reality: Marijuana Use Harms Nonusers (Continued from Page 4) We need to put to rest the thought that there is such a thing as a lone drug user, a person whose habits affect only himself or herself. Drug use, including marijuana use, is not a victimless crime. Some communities may resist involvement because they think someone else's drug use is not hurting them. But this kind of not-my-problem thinking is tragically misguided. Ask those same people about secondhand smoke from cigarettes, and they'll quickly acknowledge the harm that befalls nonsmokers. Secondhand smoke is a well-known problem, one that Americans are becoming more unwilling to bear. We need to apply the same common-sense thinking to the even more pernicious secondhand effects of drug use. Take for instance the disastrous effects of marijuana smoking on driving. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted, "Epidemiology data from . . . traffic arrests and...
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Myth: Marijuana Is Harmless

Reality: Marijuana Is Dangerous to the User (Continued from Page 3) Use of marijuana has adverse health, safety, social, academic, economic, and behavioral consequences; and children are the most vulnerable to its damaging effects. Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in America and is readily available to kids. Compounding the problem is that the marijuana of today is not the marijuana of the baby boomers 30 years ago. Average THC levels rose from less than 1 percent in the mid-1970s to more than 8 percent in 2004. And the potency of B.C. Bud, a popular type of marijuana cultivated in British Columbia, Canada, is roughly twice the national average-ranging from 15 percent THC content to 20 percent or even higher. Marijuana use can lead to dependence and abuse. Marijuana was the second most common illicit drug responsible for drug treatment admissions in 2002-outdistancing crack cocaine, the next most prevalent cause....
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Myth: Legalization of Marijuana in Other Countries Has Been a Success

Reality: Liberalization Often Results in Higher Use of Dangerous Drugs (Continued from Page 2) Over the past decade, drug policy in some foreign countries, particularly those in Europe, has gone through some dramatic changes toward greater liberalization with failed results. Consider the experience of the Netherlands, where the government reconsidered its legalization measures in light of that country's experience. After marijuana use became legal, consumption nearly tripled among 18- to 20-year-olds. As awareness of the harm of marijuana grew, the number of cannabis coffeehouses in the Netherlands decreased 36 percent in six years. Almost all Dutch towns have a cannabis policy, and 73 percent of them have a no-tolerance policy toward the coffeehouses. In 1987 Swiss officials permitted drug use and sales in a Zurich park, which was soon dubbed Needle Park, and Switzerland became a magnet for drug users the world over. Within five years, the number of regular drug users...
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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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