Research suggests that the most effective factor in preventing youth substance abuse is the involvement and awareness of a parent/guardian and members of the larger community. The Milford Prevention Council (MPC) has always understood this and seeks to design programs to work WITH parents, community members, and young people to educate them about alcohol, tobacco, and substance abuse issues and teach effective strategies for prevention.
Milford Prevention Council seeks to involve and educate parents and community members regarding substance abuse, underage drinking, and tobacco use prevention, for more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 783 -6676
Be aware! Underage people have access to fake IDs right at the tips of their fingers! Youth under 21 can find a number of websites that offer fake IDs from $50-$200. Buying a fake ID is illegal and dangerous. Youths provide the companies with personal information such as name, date of birth, and address. Some sites only take cash, others accept payment through different types of money orders, some are scams. Many fake ID businesses are located in China or outsource their business to China. Many companies send the IDs packaged with other miscellaneous products as to not look suspicious when passing customs. If you think your child may have ordered a fake ID or is thinking of ordering a fake ID, talk with them about the consequences of doing so.
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Hash oil is becoming increasingly popular as restrictions on marijuana slowly lift. This is a dangerous new way to use marijuana. Hash oil is highly concentrated THC, the psychoactive element in marijuana. It contains 80%-90% THC, compared to regular marijuana which only contains 15%-20% THC.
Hash oil goes by a number of different names such as; BHO (butane hash oil), dabs, wax, honey, budder, oil, and shatter. Smoking hash oil is commonly called ‘dabbing’.
Hash oil can be smoked in a vape pen or glass bong. If you suspect your child may be using hash oil look for the following items;
Negative effects of hash oil are:
Loss of consciousness
Mild heart attack
Long term lung and heart problems
Hash Oil can be very dangerous to your child. Information online glorifies the potent substance for its pain relief for suffering patients. Hash oil is not like marijuana. It is extremely dangerous.
The Party Drug “Molly”
Be aware, MDMA is psychoactive drug, commonly known as Molly or ecstasy. Molly can come in powder, capsule, or pill form. It is becoming increasingly dangerous as it is made up of many harmful chemical and has received a lot of attention in the news lately, due to the hospitalizations at Wesleyan University. Molly is almost never made up of pure MDMA. When people purchase Molly they often don’t know what they are actually getting. Some side effects of using Molly are sweating, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, and the inability to regulate body temperature. Using Molly can also cause prolonged panic attacks, psychosis, and seizures.
How to tell if your child is using Molly:
Constant chewing or sucking on something
Staying up all night, or staying out later than usual
Depression (after drug has worn off)
Staying in bed all day (after drug has worn off)
Vaping, is it safe?
Vaping is the latest trend. It has recently become a popular way to ingest nicotine without smoking it. The juices used with the electronic vaping devices come in delicious sounding and smelling flavors such as fruit loops, vanilla custard, and strawberry, just to name a few. These sweet flavors make youths especially attracted to them. It is not legal for anyone under 18 to purchase a vape, but it is legal to people under 18 to possess a vape. There have not been sufficient studies done on the long term health risks associated with vaping. Youths may try to convince parents it is safer and better for them than smoking. Be aware that these vaping devices can be used to vape marijuana, and THC oil, called wax or dabs. This is dangerous because it delivers a high concentration of THC in just one hit and can cause hallucinations and/or psychotic breaks if too much is inhaled.
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Powdered alcohol, called Palcohol is not available for purchase. Some states have outlawed the sale of Palcohol, and Connecticut lawmakers want a bill to ban the sale of it. Some groups believe it will be attractive to youths. Having alcohol in a powdered form runs the risk for different types of abuse such as snorting it through the nose. Snorting Palcohol will deliver alcohol straight to the brain and can affect judgement and motor skills more severely than drinking traditional alcohol. Snorting anything can cause severe irritation, inflammation and bleeding.
A Conversation About Prescription Medications
The number of preteens and teens abusing prescription medications are skyrocketing. Every day, about 2,500 American youth try their first pain pill (for a high).
In this Parent Tip we take a closer look at the reasons youth give for experimentation and provide you with accurate information on medication abuse so that you can more easily frame the conversation to dispel the myths and decrease your child’s risk.
As with any persuasive conversation, it is important to discuss the topic openly and keep the mood relaxed, so that your child does not feel defensive or afraid to share his/her feelings.
1. State the view you want to change.
2. Validate the reasonableness of the view.
3. Gently challenge with new information.
4. Replace with the new view.
YOUTH: I have heard so much hype over these pain meds. I just want to try it once. It’s not a big deal.
PARENT: With all the recent attention on pain meds, I can understand your curiosity. But it is important to know that even experimenting with these medications can bring about dangerous consequences. These pain meds (also known as opiates) can cause a number of short-term side effects like nausea, constipation, fatigue and confusion. Long-term use can lead to physical dependence and addiction on the drug. Once addicted, both the body and mind crave more of it…leading a person down a dark path. And if opiates are taken with alcohol, antihistamines (found in cold medicines) or other substances that slow the central nervous system, it can be a fatal situation, even with first use. So using medicines for a high is a big deal.
YOUTH: I know it’s not “ok” to use drugs, but at least it’s a medicine prescribed by a doctor, which is better than an illegal drug off the street.
PARENT: You’re right on your first point, it’s absolutely not ok to use drugs (make clear your stance). And I understand why you would think a medicine prescribed by doctors is safer than illegal street drugs. But the fact is legal does not equal safe (reference the short and long term side effects of Rx pain meds in the above scenario). Medicines have a system which controls who can get them and when. That system is there for a reason: to protect us.
YOUTH: This medicine helped my friend’s mom with her back pain, so there is nothing wrong with borrowing a few pills to help with my ankle injury.
PARENT: While it may appear that your injury or the pain you are suffering is similar, there are many other things a doctor takes into consideration when prescribing a medication to an individual including: medical history, allergies and other side effects, a person’s weight for appropriate dosage, interactions with other medicines being taken, etc. By borrowing or sharing a prescribed medication you are risking making the health condition gravely worse for yourself or someone else. Bottom line – this is when sharing is not a good thing.
YOUTH: If a small dose of my prescription helped me feel good, a little more will make me feel even better.
PARENT: Familiarize your child with the Point of Diminishing Returns. To put it in youth terms, try this analogy. “You are hungry, you eat one cheeseburger, you then feel satisfied. If you eat two cheeseburgers or even three cheeseburgers, will that make you feel even more satisfied? No – You are more likely to feel overstuffed and sick (because you’ve hit the point of diminishing returns). The same holds true for prescription medication. Your doctor prescribes just the right amount of a given medicine to help you achieve the greatest results. Go beyond that amount and the side effects can be dangerous and at times, even deadly. More is not always better.
There are many different scenarios that could be discussed. We encourage you to come up with more. The important thing is that you are talking. Because talking with children about the risks of prescription drug abuse can positively impact their attitudes and empower them to make healthy, substance-free lifestyle choices.
For resources and information on combating prescription drug abuse visit The Generation Rx Initiative.
Sources: Prevention Research Institute: PRIME for Life for Parents, BusinessDictionary.com, DrugFree.org.