=> Facts Parents Need to Know(from DrugAbuse.Gov)
⇒ Fact: 27.7% of Hilton High School students surveyed in the spring of 2015, indicated they were between 11 – 16 years old when they first tried marijuana
Today’s Kids Face Expectations that lead them to turn to ADHD Medication without understanding the harm it can do
⇒Public Service Announcements with facts and tips for parents:
- Parent Party Tips
- Medicine Disposal
- Underage Drinking Facts
- How to talk to you kids (from Partnership for Drug Free Kids)
Substance Abuse Trends:
Increasing Overdoses From Synthetic Cannabinoids (“Spice,” “K2,” etc.) in Several States
Updated April 20, 2015
Recent surges in hospitalizations linked to consumption of synthetic cannabinoid products (sold under brand names like “Spice,” “K2,” and others) have been reported in some southern states, including Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas, and have prompted health warnings from officials in New York State. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an alert after more than 160 patients were hospitalized following synthetic cannabinoid use in under two weeks in mid April, 2015.
Synthetic cannabinoids are chemically related to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and are sometimes called “synthetic marijuana” or “legal marijuana,” but actually the effects can be considerably more powerful and more dangerous than marijuana. Users can experience anxiety and agitation, nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, shaking and seizures, hallucinations and paranoia, and they may act violently.
Besides the above terms, the New York State health alert lists other common street names for these products: Blonde, Summit, Standard, Blaze, Red Dawn X, Citron, Green Giant, Smacked, Wicked X, AK-47; recent reports have involved products with the names Geeked Up, Ninja, Caution, Red Giant, and Keisha Kole.
For more information on synthetic cannabinoids, see DrugFacts: K2/Spice (“Synthetic Marijuana”)
Updated April 6, 2015
Use of a dangerous synthetic cathinone drug called alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PDP), popularly known as “Flakka,” is surging in Florida and is also being reported in other parts of the country, according to news reports.
Alpha-PVP is chemically similar to other synthetic cathinone drugs popularly called “bath salts,” and takes the form of a white or pink, foul-smelling crystal that can be eaten, snorted, injected, or vaporized in an e-cigarette or similar device. Vaporizing, which sends the drug very quickly into the bloodstream, may make it particularly easy to overdose. Like other drugs of this type, alpha-PVP can cause a condition called “excited delirium” that involves hyperstimulation, paranoia, and hallucinations that can lead to violent aggression and self-injury. The drug has been linked to deaths by suicide as well as heart attack. It can also dangerously raise body temperature and lead to kidney damage or kidney failure.
Dabbing and Marijuana:
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