Alcohol/Drugs in the News

Top Trending Drugs

March 7, 2015 — Check out this list of trending drugs amongst the teens today, as reported by the Gonzales Weekly News.

AlcoholtrendingAlcohol: Alcohol is the number one drug of choice among persons under the age of 21 in the United States. Underage drinking is reaching epidemic proportions. It IS NOT okay to let your underage child drink in the house (GAUDPC agrees with this statement).  We hear parents say, as long as it is under my roof. That is a recipe for disaster. As the guardian you are responsible and if anything happens, YOU will be held accountable.

Marijuana: Weed, pot, grass; today’s marijuana is much more potent than years ago, and the fact that many kids are trying pot at a younger age means they’ll be more likely to advance to more powerful substances as they get older. It’s not a drug to be taken lightly.

Molly: Molly is the powder or crystal form of MDMA, the chemical used in making ecstasy. It is a synthetic, psychoactive drug that produces feelings of increased energy, euphoria, emotional warmth and empathy toward others, and distortions in sensory and time perception. Short term effects of the drug include confusion, strange cravings, sleeping problems, memory loss, blurred vision, fever, muscle tension, rapid eye movement, and profuse sweating. Molly is growing rapidly in schools all over the country.

Spice/K2: Synthetic Marijuana. “Spice” refers to a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and sold under many names, including K2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks, and others. Teens use it to avoid drug test. This drug often causes seizures

Inhalants: The presence of inhalants has become another danger in most teenage homes. Teens and pre-teens have begun sniffing or huffing certain chemicals or household items in order to get high. Oftentimes, teens don’t see this as being anything more than a game, and certainly don’t see it as being harmful.

2C-I or ‘Smiles’: The New Killer Drug Every Parent Should Know About

Healthy Living – Sep 20, 2012

2C-I or Smiles, called a Witnesses described the 17-year-old boy as “shaking, growling, foaming at the mouth.” According to the police report, the boy a restaurant when he began to feel ill. Soon after, he “started to smash his head against the ground” and began acting “possessed,” according to a witness. Two hours later, he had stopped breathing.

The Grand Forks, North Dakota teenager’s fatal overdose has been blamed on a drug called 2C-I.  2C-I–known by its eerie street name “Smiles”–has become a serious problem, according to police. Smiles is surfacing in many parts of the country.

Smile’s effects have been called a combination of MDMA and LSD, only far more potent. Users have reported a speedy charge along with intense visual and aural hallucinations that can last anywhere from hours to days.

“At first I’d think something was extremely beautiful and then it look really strange,” another user says in a recorded online account.”I looked at my girlfriend’s face for a minute and it was pitch black…the black started dripping out of her eye.”

Because the drug is relatively new–it first surfaced around 2003 in European party scenes and only recently made its way to the states–the most readily accessible information about 2C-I comes from user accounts, many of which detail frightening experiences.

On an internet forum one user describes the high as a “roller coaster ride through hell,” while another warns “do not drive on this drug,” after recounting his own failed attempt on the roadway.

Over the past few years, synthetic drugs like K-2, Spice and Bath Salts, have become increasing popular with teenagers and young adults. Their ingredients are relatively easy to obtain and until recently, they weren’t classified as illegal substances. But as they come under legal scrutiny, one by one, they’ve triggered a domino effect of newer, altered, and more potent versions.

“I think [the drugs] just keep changing to try to circumvent the law,” Lindsay Wold, a detective with the Grand Forks police department. “Anytime we try to figure something out, it changes.” Since July, her department has launched an awareness campaign in an effort to crack down on 2C-I’s growing popularity with teens and young adults in the area. While reports of overdoses have increased, Wold says it’s difficult to measure it’s growth in numbers.

According data obtained by the American Association of Poison Control half of those exposed to 2C-I in 2011 were teenagers.  “The unfortunate thing is if kids who are overdosing on 2C-I go in to the hospital with a physical problem, a lot of times they can’t test for it so it doesn’t show up as a drug overdose,” says Wold.

The fact that 2C-I is new and untraceable in standard drug tests makes it more of a challenge for doctors to treat. It also contributes to drug’s growing popularity among high school and college-age kids.  “Synthetic drugs don’t generally show up on drug tests and that’s made it popular with young adults, as well as people entering the military, college athletes, or anyone who gets tested for drugs,” says Barbara Carreno, a spokesperson for the Drug Enforcement Agency.

“They do something that is called ‘uncoupling.  Basically, their muscles get to the point they cannot uncontract, so they sort of get rigid and then your temperature goes up really high and if you don’t treat them really aggressively, those people usually end up dying.”

In July, the DEA announced Operation Log Jam, the first nationwide coordinated US Law enforcement strike specifically targeting designer synthetic drugs. That same month, 2C-I was classified as a Schedule 1 subtance, making possession and distribution of the drug illegal. Those caught distributing even a small amount are facing serious criminal charges. The person, who allegedly obtained the drug that caused the above mentioned overdose, has been charged with third degree murder.

While the drug’s potential for overdose is apparent, the specific cases of fatalities are confounding. According to one site designed as a “fact sheet” for users, the dosage of the drug, which also comes as a liquid or a pill, is difficult to measure in powder form. When users snort the drug they could end up taking more than they realize, prompting an overdose. But in the about fatal case, the powder wasn’t snorted, but melted into a chocolate bar and eaten.

The new drug called 25b-Nbome, is a derivative of 2C-I, that’s sold in tab form. This past month, the drug has been linked to the non-fatal overdoses of two young adults in Perth, Australia. It’s also been blamed for the death of a young man in the same area, who died after repeatedly slamming his body into trees and power line poles while high on the drug.

New Risky Fad: Alcohol in Hand Sanitizer

By Shirley S. Wang —- The Wall Street Journal — April 24, 2012

Medical experts from the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are warning parents about another household substance that is potentially dangerous to their children: hand sanitizer.

That’s right, the stuff that many of us use liberally every day in an effort to keep our hands bug-free.

Liquid sanitizers are made of alcohol — ethanol  — and it turn

s out that kids are using it to get drunk, some in a particularly creative manner. Rather than just drinking it outright some appear to be using salt to purify the alcohol content to make it even more potent, using a technique learned from the Internet, according to experts at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Liquid sanitizer contains 62 percent Ethanol, or 120 proof liquid, according to Cyrus Rangan, a medical toxicology consultant.

Parents should monitor the hand sanitizer like they would hard alcohol or medication, keeping it out of reach when no one’s using it, said Rangan in a statement. The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles experts also recommend parents buy foam-based and not ethanol-based sanitizer if they want to use it, in case young children accidentally ingest it.


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