TEENS SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Parents beware, it is a good thing to have a talk with your children about substance use/abuse and the consequences and impact on their lives. The key
to prevention is open communication with your children especially teens.The curious and the peer pressure that is involved in this is heavy and it
needs your immediate attention.
I know what you say, "No, not my child," but the truth is yes, it can happen to you and your family. There is some definite anti-drug information that
is available. I am going to talk about one of the most innocent sounding names for a very horrific drug. You need to pay attention and at least know
that this is happening, not a good thing but it is a reality. Substance Abuse is a matter that you have to face and prepare for the worst but
do what it takes to head it off
"TALK AND TALK OFTEN ABOUT DRUG ABUSE."
Substance abuse is not in the future, it is now
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In this report and on this site We will bring to the forefront the latest craze in substance abuse. After saying that, i have to report on a subject that
sounds innocent enough. It is called "Cheese."
Cheese is heroin based recreational drug that came to the attention of the media inside and out. The United States after a string of deaths among
adolescents in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex between 2005 and 2007
It seems likely that the concept was originally created as a joke, and after seizures of low purity heroin cut with paracetamol and "validated" the claims
the DEA issued a warning. Although the source of the original hoax is gone, newspapers and media outlets continue to reference each other with no mention of
any primary sources, perpetuating the myth of cheese as a "starter heroin" for children. As a result of this article should be considered as a simple
renaming of poor quality heroin instead of a new drug.
Cheese is a combination of drugs, made by combining heroin with crushed tablets of certain over the counter cold medication, such as TylenolPM. Such cold
medications contain acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, and the antihistamine diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl. Cheese samples
obtained in North Dallas contained between 2% and 8% heroin, in contrast to the 30% commonly found in black tar heroin. Users commonly take the powder by
"Snorting rather than by intravenous injection. This mixture is also known as "Tylenol With Smack," by analogy to the
Tylenol with Codeine series.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS SPECIFIC TO MARIJUANA USE?
Marijuana use, which is prevalent among youth, has been shown to interfere with short-term memory, learning, and psychomotor skills. Motivation and psychosexual/emotional
development also may be affected.
Early adolescent marijuana use increases the risk in late adolescence of not graduating from high school, delinquency, having multiple sexual partners, and
not always using condoms. Such marijuana use can result in perceiving drugs as not harmful, having long-term problems with cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana
and having friends who exhibit deviant behavior.
HOW SIGNIFICANT IS TEEN DRUG USE
Drug use among teenagers in the United states is a serious problem. In 2003 more than 7.5 million individuals aged 12 to 17 reported having used an
illicit drug at least once in their lifetime. In the same year students in grades nine through twelve indicated that 40.2 percent of the children had
used marijuana, 12.1 percent had used inhalants, 11.1 percent had used MDMA (also known as Ectasy), 8.7 percent had used cocaine, 7.6 percent had used
methamphetamines, 6.1 percent had illegally used steroids, 3.3 percent had used heroin, and 3.2 percent had injected an illegal drug one or more times
during their lifetime.
Some signs of possible drug use include:
* Bloodshot eyes
*Pupils of eyes extremely big (dilated) or extremely small (pinpoint); nystagmus (rapid eye motion) might be a sign of PCP abuse
*Loss of appetite (occurs with methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine use)
*Increased appetite (with marijuana use)
*Sluggishness, listlessness, or constant sleeping (opiate drugs such as heroin, codeine; or may occur when coming down of stimulant drugs
*Hyperactivity (as seen with uppers such as cocaine, methamphetamine)
*Poor school performance and increased school absenteeism
*Withdrawal from family and extracurricular activities
*Change in group of friends
*Unusual oodor on breath (inhalant drugs)
*Lying or stealing
*Slow or slurred speech (downer and depressants)
*Rapid explosive speech (uppers)
*Unsteady gait (ataxia)
WHAT IS THE CORRELATION BETWEEN AGE OF FIRST USE AND ADDICTION/ABUSE
Adults who first used drugs as a teen were more likely ro be classified with illicit drug dependence or abuse than adults who initiated use at an older
Teens who first used marijuana before age 17 were shown to have smaller brains and to be physically smaller in height and weight than teens who first used
marijuana after age 17. Exposure to marijuana and other drugs at certain critical periods, such as early adolescence, may alter normal patterns of
There are many pressures on teens to drink. One very powerful influence is advertising--from television to billboards. It's everywhere. Results were
taken from surveys of over 2000 adolescents from 13 city junior highschools in New York City over three years. The study found that seventh graders better
able to be critically aware of advertising--something the study terms "media resistance skills"--were significantly less likely to drink alcohol as ninth
Alcohol is the number one drug of choice in this country and among our nation's youth.
Early intervention may decrease the likelihood that drug use will continue in this population.
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