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New Drug Use Among the Youth

30 Sep

We all want to protect our kids and make headway in the battle against teen substance abuse and the spread of illegal drugs. Reports on illicit drug use among teenagers reveal that more than 30 percent of 8th graders have tried or are using drugs. That figure increases to almost 45 percent among 10th grade students, and up to 53 percent among 12th graders. At least 24 million Americans, many of them under age 20, have a substance abuse dependency.

But such drug dangers represent only a fraction of the problem. Most parents are not aware about the kinds of drugs today’s kids are using to get high. Scary as it may sound, it’s those insidious chemical concoctions – available in our own kitchens, bathrooms, closets, laundry areas, garages and even at our computer workstations – that could destroy the life of our children.


The New Dangers of Cheese Heroin

“Cheese” is the slang term for the highly-addictive mixture of prescribed and illicit drugs. It is made from black tar heroin – processed from morphine, extracted from the seedpod of the poppy plant – combined with crushed Tylenol PM. Its cheap cost is one reason why cheese-heroin has a great appeal among teens. Users can buy it for as little as $2 for a single dose. An entire gram (the size of a sugar packet) costs as little as $10. Both students and adults have been known to sell the drug.

Signs and symptoms of cheese usage include drowsiness, confusion and disorientation, depression, sleepiness, excessive thirst, feelings of temporary euphoria, mood swings, poor grades, memory loss and changes in friends, appearance or interests. Withdrawal symptoms range from chills, sweating and nausea/vomiting to insomnia and severe headaches. The drug enters the brain very quickly and has an effect on the entire body, particularly the central nervous system and respiratory system, and overdose can lead to death.


Additional Facts about Teen Drug Use

Many kids are looking for a buzz, but instead risking brain damage or death, by inhaling household chemicals like furniture polish, cleansers and disinfectants. Other commonly used inhalants from around the house are glue, spray deodorant, spray paint, paint thinner, propane, even whipped cream in a can.

Drugs are especially bad for teenagers because their bodies are still growing and they are still in puberty. Drug use negatively affects the development of young bodies and can severely damage vital organs like the brain, heart, liver and lungs. Cocaine, for example, can cause a heart attack even in an otherwise healthy young child or teenager.


Drug Addiction and Alcoholism: A Threat to Young Gay Men

2 Sep

It is no doubt that our world today is beginning to give homosexuals full acceptance and recognition. That is why a lot of gay men are already freely expressing themselves in the streets, in the workplace and even in school. It is no surprise that the homosexual community is continuously growing at a rate that wasn’t even imaginable decades ago. And while there is not much negativity that can be directly attributed to homosexuality, it is quite alarming to know that a lot of young gay men today are exposed to drugs and other vices.

Two of the world’s most destructive diseases are drugs and alcoholism. In fact, drug addiction is now considered a major health crisis that affects millions of individuals worldwide. Based on a survey conducted on 2009, it is estimated that about 21.8 million Americans who are at least 12 years of age are considered illicit drug users. The young gay population is one of the most vulnerable to this disease. Illegal drugs are usually found on nightclubs and disco bars where many young gay men socialize with their acquaintances. Also, homosexuality is often associated with mental issues such as shame, discrimination and prejudice which is quite a common basis for the development of drug addiction and alcoholism.

With the incidence of drug addiction and alcoholism dramatically increasing by the year, joint efforts by the government and the private sector have resulted in the creation of various drug rehabilitation centers that caters to these drug and alcohol abusers. These medical facilities give hope to the young gay population giving them a chance to have a fresh new start with their lives. With proper counseling from expert along with unconditional love and care from their parents, these “addicts” will soon find light at the end of the tunnel.