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  • Old (and new) drugs for the new year

    Old (and new) drugs for the new year

     From Prevention Matters Site

    Alcohol continues to be the most widely used addictive substance in Oregon. About one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities involve alcohol, and alcohol-induced diseases are one of the five leading causes of death for Oregon men and women 35 to 64 years old.

    Marijuana use in Oregon has been affected by the Medical Marijuana Act, which allows marijuana to be grown and used for pain suppression. It continues to be exploited by local producers who use it to facilitate illegal cultivation for commercial purposes.

    Prescription drugs are the second most abused drugs by the young. They include oxycodone and hydrocodone products, anabolic steroids and methadone and are responsible for the largest number of drug-involved deaths.

    Methamphetamine is considered by many in law enforcement to be the biggest threat. Two years ago, Oregon enacted the toughest anti-methamphetamine laws in the country, resulting in the near elimination of local meth labs and meth toxic waste dumps. The supply of meth, however, is greater than ever, due to the influx of meth from Mexican drug cartels.

    Heroine use in the United States exploded from 2007 to 2012, rising from 273,000 to 669,000 users. Some say this is a low estimate because many heroin users are homeless, incarcerated or otherwise outside the reach of pollsters. Cocaine and opioid availability is down due to drug enforcement and cartel infighting while poppy farming in Afghanistan has increased.

    Krokodile, or desomorphine, is a cheap derivative of codeine that's mixed with gasoline, oil, alcohol or paint thinner and injected. It causes, scaly patches of dead and decaying skin, thus the street name. Even users who kick the habit are often severely disfigured for life, suffering serious scarring, bone damage, amputated limbs, loss of speech and motor skills, and varying degrees of brain damage. While krokodile has been confined to Russia and former Soviet Bloc, a few cases have started appearing in the United States, although none in Oregon.

    E-cigarettes, originally developed to help nicotine users break the addiction are now being used to smoke liquid THC, which is found in marijuana, cannabis and hash oil. Because it produces no smoke or smell, users can smoke narcotics in public and unless there are signs of intoxication, may go undetected.

  • Social Hosting

    Teen parties can be safe and fun if planned and thought out carefully.  And don’t forget, there are legal ramifications for you as a parent and your teen if you sanction a party where alcohol or other drugs are present. (See Legal Ramifications)

    Parties at Your Home

    Following are suggestions for when your teen gives a party:

    • Have your teen draw up a list of people invited. Remember that large parties can easily get out of hand.
    • Consider the place. A large outdoor party might be difficult to control.
    • Help your teen decide how to issue invitations. They should state the party is not an "open house."
    • Talk about food, beverages, and activities. Lock up any liquor or valuable items.
    • Work out a plan for "gate crashers." Greet teens as they arrive.
    • Specify no alcohol or other drugs. Have guests check "backpacks" at the door.
    • Tell your teen ahead of time that parents will be called if anyone is caught with illegal substances, including alcohol. Never let them drive - you could be liable if an accident occurs.
    • Settle on the ending time of the party beforehand.

    Parties Away From Home

    Following are suggestions for attending:

    • When your teen gets invited to other parties ask: where the party is, including the address; how your teen is getting there and back; who will be there; what they will be doing; and the hours of the party.
    • Call the parents to make sure they will be home - even though your teen won’t want you to.
    • Stress to your teen that if plans change, they need to let you know. Give them a phone number where you can be reached.
    • Rehearse what your teen should do if he/she wants to leave. Encourage him/her to call you for a ride if needed.
    • Remind your teen never to ride with anyone who has been drinking alcohol or using drugs.
    • Stay up until your teen comes home or tell them to wake you when they arrive.
    • Be suspicious if your teen frequently sleeps elsewhere after a party.

    Parents need to plan carefully if concerned about what will happen when they are away from home. Reconsider your plans if there is potential for a party. Ask a close relative or neighbor to keep an eye on things. Have your teen stay with another trusted family while you are gone.

    Source(s)

    Gengler, C. (2007). Teen Talk Fact Sheet: There’s a Party, Can I Go?St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension.