If you don’t act now to protect your kids, they could become exposed to deadly street drugs
As well as the usual culprits, there are deadly synthetic versions of many of drugs that kids can make. Many purchase ingredients that are not technically illegal. Like drugs derived from a pharmacy, sometimes combined with other deadly substances. They are cheap and popular amongst teenagers in high schools.
We live in a dark world that we should not deny exists. Raising kids that have safe boundaries, but also the freedom to grow, can feel like walking a tightrope.
It is a fine line. Sometimes setting too tight boundaries with children can cause them to run to drug use. However, loose boundaries can see them falling in with friends who introduce them to deadly drugs.
We will examine how to create comfortable and safe boundaries shortly. But firstly, these are the deadliest street drugs that are probably available in your very own neighborhood.
Synthetic Cannabinoids – aka Spice, K2, Potpourri
Synthetic cannabinoids are the second most popular drug used by teenagers in high schools. Originally developed for research purposes, it has a more potent effect on the brain than marijuana.
Users have taken to smoking it in vape pens, e-cigarettes, and hookah pens. Users seek a mind-altering experience. However, they usually end up experiencing psychosis, violent behavior, and suicidal thoughts.
There have been nearly 50 deaths in the US during the past year from using this drug. Much more end up seriously ill in hospital.
Sizzurp – aka Purple Drank
Sizzurp is a drug cocktail that has a cough syrup base. The potent concoction is a mixture of codeine and promethazine. Kids mix it with soda or alcohol.
Horrifyingly, it’s romanticized by celebrity users. It is popular with rap musicians and even Justin Bieber. Rapper Indo G released a song called “Purple Drank” about the substance. Later DJ Screw died from using it. His protégé Big Moe also overdosed 7 years later.
The trouble with this deadly drug is it is so simple to consume. It doesn’t take syringes; it is simply drunk from a cup.
Fentanyl – aka Pink, China White
In 2015, the CDC reported 30,000 deaths related to the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Users claim it gives them a more potent high than heroin.
The potency is in fact up to 100x that of morphine. Heroin addicts who overdose usually will do so on fentanyl.
Fentanyl is available by prescription in pharmacies for people suffering chronic pain. This has enabled teenagers to access it through shady avenues. It comes as tablets, lozenges, and patches. Users also may inject it.
With the advent of e-cigarettes and vaping has come a deadly new trend. Teens think it is a way to quickly become intoxicated and drunk. Horrifyingly, young teen girls think it is a way to get drunk without weight gain.
However, it is the quickest route to alcohol poisoning, which is deadly. The user also risks destroying the lining of their lungs and respiratory tracks. This can lead to pneumonia.
Also, because the alcohol bypasses the digestive system the body cannot eliminate it effectively. The alcohol goes straight to the brain and becomes trapped. This becomes a fast track to alcoholism.
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