It’s toted as safe and natural. Until recently, it was readily available in convenience stores across the country and there were no laws against it. In the teen community, it’s the “safer” alternative to marijuana.
However, the truth is that synthetic marijuana is more dangerous than regular marijuana, and parents and officials are seeing a substantial increase in its effects.
Spicy Side Effects
Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or “Spice”, has washed over American high schools like a tsunami since its manufacture nearly a decade ago. Unfortunately, its name has also made waves in emergency rooms across the nation, with approximately 11,500 people treated in 2010 for severe side effects from use of Spice. This included:
• Nausea • Vomiting • Dizziness • Psychosis resulting in personal injury or violence to others • Increased heart rate and blood pressure • Tremors and seizures • Hallucinations • Paranoia • Extreme anxiety and agitation
Seventy-five percent of those admitted for use of K2 were between the ages of twelve and twenty-nine. Seventy-eight percent were male. Most of them did not receive follow-up care after being released.
The most dangerous part about synthetic marijuana is its unpredictability. The side effects are erratic, often producing mind- and mood-altering results. In fact, one of the first incidents to give K2 international recognition was the case of David Mitchell Rozga, a teenager from Iowa who committed suicide in 2010 with his family’s hunting rifle. Following the suicide, friends came forward to report that they had smoked K2 with David nearly an hour before his death. Due to the alarming nature of the suicide, with David being the sort of kid highly unlikely to do such a thing, the incident launched an investigation into synthetic drugs and was key to their outlaw in July. There are dozens of cases like his, associated with K2 and other synthetic drugs.
Although hospitals are seeing more and more of these cases, practitioners are still uncertain of how to recognize synthetic marijuana use. It can’t be detected in typical drug tests, which is one of the reasons that teens are drawn to it. Doctors are spending a lot of time and money running other tests that reveal nothing.
Skirting the Law
It was only in July of 2012 that the DEA banned the five chemicals found in synthetic marijuana. Prior to that, any person of any age could walk into a convenience store and purchase the drug in brightly-colored packets. Most parents wouldn’t recognize the substance as a drug; the packaging suggests that it is candy.
Chemists are still able to circumvent the law by changing their formulas and continuing to add “not for human consumption” to their packages. Parents should be aware of the presence and side effects of K2 in their children.
Synthetic marijuana goes by other names, as well:
• Herbal incense • Herbal smoking blends • Black Mamba • Fake Weed • Bombay Blue • Genie • Zohai • Bliss • Blaze • Skunk • Moon Rocks
Because of this certain strains will be taken off the market only to be replaced by others. As unfortunate as this is there are things that can be done about it. The first is to get as much information as you can about fake marijuana and the second is to know the signs of use and get help for anyone who is engaging in use.
For more information contact Narconon drug rehabilitation today.
Not only do adults have to worry about their teenage children turning to drug abuse, they now have to watch out for addiction in their parents. Statistics show that prescription opioid abuse in the elderly is at unprecedented proportions, enough to cause urgent concern.
The Facts On Elderly Abuse
An estimated twenty percent of the population aged sixty-five and older take painkillers several times a week. Out of those, an alarming eighteen percent become addicted and begin abusing their medication (i.e., using them for purposes other than those prescribed by a doctor). This includes taking a higher dose than prescribed, taking it more frequently, or taking a friend’s medication without a medical reason.
Opioid-related deaths among the elderly continue to increase, with oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone and methadone most frequently the cause.
How Elderly Abuse Begins
One reason the elderly are on such a slew of medication is because of the number of chronic conditions that come with age. Heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory problems, diabetes, injury, and frequent colds and flu caused by lowered immune systems can all cause severe pain. Prescription opioids like Oxycontin, Percocet or Vicodin provide much-needed relief.
Not only are prescription opioids extremely addictive, older bodies have slower metabolisms and therefore are more susceptible to dependency. When the elderly become addicted, they may begin doctor shopping for more prescriptions, falsify prescriptions, or take medication from friends or family.
Medicine cabinets are filled with old prescriptions that haven’t been disposed of properly. A person may be prescribed thirty Percocet pills after dental surgery but only use three or four. The rest of them go back in the medicine cabinet, making it a gold mine for an addict.
Researchers theorize that the baby boomer generation is more prone to drug addiction because of their history. Growing up in a pro-drug age, surrounded by alcohol, marijuana, LSD and other experimental drugs, many of them learned to cope with the troubles of life by drowning them out with drugs. As times get hard again, with loved ones dying and the number of changes that come with age, they may be turning once again to substance abuse to give them the impression of happiness.
Knowing The Signs Of Drug Addiction
The signs of drug addiction are very similar to symptoms that accompany old age, so discretion is necessary. Your parents or older loved ones may be addicted to opioids if they display some of the following symptoms:
• Decreased activity, no longer participating in activities they used to enjoy due to having their attention on drugs.
• Unusual pleas for help with pain.
• Demanding potent painkillers with the first doctor visit or when it seems unwarranted.
• Seeming to be “elsewhere”, no longer being as interested in family or other activities.
• Decreased hygiene, generally appearing unkempt.
• Increased body odor.
• Signs of sickness if they stop taking their medication. These are withdrawal signs and include fever, chills, cough, runny nose, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, agitation and depression.
If you notice these signs in an elderly person do what you can to get them help. Narconon drug rehabilitation offers solutions for anyone with a drug problem.
The United States faces a plight today unlike any previous nation in history. Severe spikes in addiction to drugs and alcohol has permeated every sector of American life—quaint suburban neighborhoods, prestigious private schools, public schools, businesses and even the elderly have all been affected by such drastic uptrends in substance abuse. Narconon drug rehabilitation experts say the need for effective treatment is more severe thane ever before.
The American Drug Epidemic
Kids as young as 12 and 13 try their first drug or drink alcohol for the first time every single day, and further, a large percentage of high school students know drug dealers within their own school. These issues do not just begin in adult life or even college, but in early childhood. Our prevention and education efforts in the young age band have failed us, and this fact has paved a very complicated and drug-infected future for Americans.
Statistics show that drugs like cocaine and tobacco are on a decline in present day. Newer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts (or any of its many counterparts) have emerged on the scene and overtaken popularity. Further, heroin has seen a resurgence amongst youth, and marijuana continues to be the most devastatingly popular gateway drug available to kids, teens and adults today.
Sadly, many parents adopt the theory that “dabbling” with drugs is inevitable. This approach to the issue may seem to be the easy way out, but most assuredly will cause issues in the later life stages of your child. In fact, teens recently surveyed said they have denied the use of substances like alcohol, marijuana, etc., because of concern for their parents’ disapproval.
Prescription Drug Abuse Magnifies The Issue
Prescription drug addiction is the fastest-growing substance abuse problem in the United States today. Sadly, this slippery epidemic is one we have not been able to get fully under our control as the substances being abused are obtained in a seemingly legitimate fashion from apparently ethical doctors.
What worse is that both older individuals and even young people also name family members and friends as well as “the medicine cabinet” as some of the primary ways that they can get the substances.
Opiate painkillers like Oxycodone, Vicodin and Percocet can be as addictive to the body as heroin is. In fact, many pain pill addicts turn to heroin eventually, once the pill habit has become too strenuous on the wallet. Additionally, stimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are abused for their cocaine-like high and are especially popular amongst high school and college students.
What Makes Narconon Drug Rehabilitation So Unique
The Narconon approach to treatment is unlike any other program available. With specialized supervision of each client case, a truly individualized program is available.
Through the use of biophysical detoxification, life skills courses and cognitive counseling, Narconon drug rehabilitation experts are able to tackle the many facets of an addiction with each individual that walks through the door.
Further, because the program is both residential and long-term, our students get the benefit of a truly comprehensive program that assists with the building of new habits, patterns and positive activities on a daily basis.
Narconon also has one of the highest success rates in the nation with 7 out of 10 of our graduates staying clean and sober permanently. Our program has been saving lives since the 1960s and we have locations all throughout the country.
For more information on the current trends and American drug addiction rates or to get someone help through Narconon drug rehabilitation contact us today.
There is a growing problem in America. In fact it is big enough to label as an epidemic. Prescription drug abuse has become the nation’s fastest growing drug trend. It currently has eclipsed every illicit drug in America except marijuana in numbers of people abusing. If you combine all other illicit drugs besides marijuana, there are still more people abusing prescription drugs. America consumes 40 percent of the world’s prescription drugs while only accounting for less than 5 percent of the population.
Prescription Drugs Relation To Heroin
Most prescription drug abuse is done using prescription pain killers. These are drugs like: like Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet. Pain killers are all derivatives of opium. Heroin is also made from opium. So the “high” obtained by these drugs are quite similar.
But why would people, most commonly teens, be using heroin over prescription drugs? And why is it that the area most commonly affected middle and upper class suburbia. Heroin has a reputation for being very dangerous, highly addictive and lethal. While prescription drugs are medical and can be found in many parents’ bathrooms.
One prescription pill goes for roughly $50 on the black market. One pill has a high that lasts for about two or three hours. An addict can go through about seven pills in two or three days. However, heroin, which has a very similar powerful high, sells for $50 a gram. One gram will last that same addict roughly four days. Often times, former pill addicts will sell their pills and take that money to buy heroin, just for the cost difference. With the astounding rise of prescription drug abuse over the past decade, it’s no wonder heroin use is spiking as well.
The Startling Figures
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services administration [SAMHSA] reports: since 2002 initiations to heroin have increased by 80% among 12 to 17 year olds. Even more startling is that in 1999, the number of fatal death overdoses in youths between the ages of 15 and 24 were 198. By 2010 that annual death count was 510.
College campuses reported that a decade ago, there were very few heroin users reporting to rehab. Today, a decade later, there are more opiate painkiller and heroin admissions than all other admissions combined.
High schools shockingly have a similar problem as most high school seniors know what heroin is and percentages have even tried the drug. There are even those in high school that have used the drug several times.
The Heroin Warning Signs
If you suspect a friend or family member of heroin use there are several symptoms to look for. Here are a few that you should look out for:
• Shortness of breath • Dry mouth • Constricted (smaller) pupils • behavioral changes • Disorientation • Hyper alertness followed by doping off • Droopiness, as if limbs are heavy • Weight loss • Runny nose (with no other cold symptoms) • Needle track marks visible on arms • Infections or abscesses at injection site • Cuts, bruises or scabs.
There can also be paraphernalia that you should look for:
• Burned silver spoons/needles and syringes • Aluminum foil and/or gum wrappers with burns on them. • Missing shoelaces (often used to tie off veins). • Straws with burn marks • Small plastic bags, with white powdery residue • Water pipes or other pipe Please contact Narconon drug rehabilitation if you or someone you know is using heroin, or if you suspect someone of heroin use. We have professionals that have helps thousands of people off of this dangerous drug that you should not attempt to come off of without help.
The addiction also requires long term traditional treatment like that provided through Narconon drug rehabilitation. Call today.
Coke is one of the most favored drugs abused in the world today. It has several aliases: Coke, C, Flake, Blow, Toot, Snow. Part of the reason it is so accessible is that it very closely resembles sugar and baking soda. So it is disguised easily on the streets.
The usual intake of cocaine is through snorting or sniffing. Because the nasal passage is the main passage way for the drug, there is a very high risk of damage to the septum and cartilage of the nose. Nasal pain is quite common as well as nose bleeds, congestion and runny nose. There can also be a loss of taste and sense of smell. The damage can get so bad that the nose can actually collapse and require reconstructive surgery to repair it. But these nasal related symptoms are only the tip of the iceberg.
For starters, there can often be hallucinations and confusion. This can be very frightening for the user as well as dangerous as they may react to things that aren’t there and injure themselves. Often these hallucinations are auditory. They can be accompanied by acute paranoia. There are many cases of suicides as well as accidental deaths related to these symptoms.
There is also the risk of overdose. These are often accompanied with seizures and convulsions. Quite often the overdoses are fatal.
There are many other side effects as well. Below are just a few of the laundry list of symptoms of cocaine use.
Other Cocaine Side Effects
Cocaine also produces many other side effects that are harmful to the user. These include:
• agitation, excitability, irritability, nervousness, etc. • difficulty passing urine and other urinary problems • dilated pupils • dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting spells • irregular heartbeat or fast heartbeat • headaches • excessive perspiration • mood swings and mental changes • nausea, vomiting • nervous tics • rapid speech • numbness or tingling in the extremities • stomach pains • tremors • troubled breathing (hyperventilation) • muscle weakness
There are also the effects of withdrawal that make it very hard for users to quit. Chronic chest pain and coughing accompanies with severe chest pain are commonly reported. There is often black colored phlegm that is coughed up as well. This should be treated with lots of water and juices as well as cough syrups.
Panic attacks and insomnia are also regularly reported. Occasionally there are violent withdrawal symptoms of muscle spasm-ing.
This can lead to extreme injuries and be very traumatic for the persons trying to come off cocaine.
What to Do About Cocaine Addiction
If you feel someone you know, such as a friend or family member, is using cocaine you should not ignore it. Cocaine is about as serious of a drug that there is on the streets today. Failing to take action could result in long term addiction and withdrawal symptoms, even death. This person’s life is ultimately in their own hands, but you can do a lot to get them on the right path to recovery.
According to Narconon drug rehabilitation there is an exact procedure to take when getting someone off cocaine. It begins with drug free withdrawal where one can take vitamin supplements to help to replenish the body from the depletions that drugs have caused.
Following this detox in a dry heat sauna can remove drug residues from the body that trigger physical craving for cocaine. Once the physical aspect of the problem is handled, Life Skills Therapy is delivered to focus on the mental and emotional aspects of cocaine addiction.
For help with this you should contact Narconon drug rehabilitation today.