• Marijuana followed by prescription drugs are the top two illicit drugs of choice
• 3 million people in the 12-25 age group become new abusers of prescription drug each year.
• The U.S. consumes 71% of the world’s oxycodone and uses 99% of the world’s hydrocodone.
•Prescription drugs are now responsible for more overdose deaths (45%) than Cocaine, herion, methamphetamines, and amphetamines (39%) combined.
•Almost 50% of teens believe that prescription drugs are much safer than illegal street drugs.
• Nearly half the teens abusing prescription drugs are taking painkillers and 60%-70% say that home medicine cabinets are their source of drugs.
• The increasing rate of deaths relating to prescription drug abuse has been classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates of death are most severe in the Southwest and Appalachian region.
What is Meth (Methamphetamine)?
Meth is a synthetic stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Common names includes: Ice, Speed, Crystal and crank. Composition: Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant, and a number of toxic ingredients like lye and drain cleaner. Meth comes in powders, crystals and pills and is snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed. Meth is extremely addictive. Meth causes significant brain damage. Meth users experience delusions and hallucinations, obsessive behavior, aggression, paranoia and anxiety/depression.
What is K2/Spice – Synthetic Marijuana?
Herbal Incense Products/Aromatic Potpourri. Names include K2, Spice, Sky. It comes in a dried, treated plant material – very similar to marijuana – except it is treated with chemicals. It is normally used by smoking – in a cigarette or pipe. There are various ingredients in K2/Spice and the applied amounts are inconsistent. Adverse side effects include: agitation, anxiety, nausea, racing heartbeat, tremors/seizures and hallucinations. K2/Spice Synthetic Marijuana is now classified as a Schedule I narcotic.
There is now a “quick test” and lab based testing to detect use of k2/Spice.
What is Bath Salts?
Mephedrone and MDPV are two key ingredients in bath salts. This synthetic drug is sold as bath salts and/or plant food. Other names include: Blue Silk, Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave, Ocean Snow and White Lighting. Bath Salts are frequently associated with other rave or club drugs and also referred to as legal cocaine/ecstasy. Bath Salts can be orally ingested, inhaled, injected and snorted. Adverse effects include: chest pains, increased blood pressure/heart rate. agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia and delusions. Bath salts are classified as a Schedule I narcotic. Lab based testing can be used to detect Bath Salt consumption.
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