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Tips for Teens

Tips for Teens The “Truth” about Drugs

 

Marijuana

  • Know the Law. Marijuana is an illegal substance. Depending on where you are caught, you could face a heavy-duty fine and jail time.
  • Get the facts right. You do not function normally and can not do things which require concentration under the influence of marijuana.
  • Stay informed. Marijuana has been shown to lower sperm counts in men and increase the risk of infertility in women.
  • Be aware of the risks. Using drugs increases the risk of injury. Car crashes, falls, burns, drowning, and suicides are all linked to drug use.
  • Keep your edge. Drug use can ruin your looks, make you depressed, and contribute to slipping grades.
  • Play it safe. One incident of drug use could make you do something that you will regret for a lifetime.
  • Do the smart thing. Using drugs puts your health, education, family ties, and social life at risk.
  • Get with the program. Contrary to what you might hear in songs or see on TV or in the movies, doing drugs does not make you cool.
  • Face your problems. Using drugs won’t help you escape your problems, it will only create more.
  • Be a real friend. If you know someone with a drug problem, be part of the solution. Urge your friend to get help.

 

Inhalants

Can you possibly die from using inhalants?
According to medical experts, death can occur in at least five ways

  • Asphyxia – Solvent gases can significantly limit available oxygen in the air, causing breathing to stop.
  • Suffocation – Typically seen with inhalant users who use bags.
  • Choking on vomitus.
  • Careless and dangerous behaviors in potentially dangerous settings.
  • Sudden sniffing death syndrome, presumably from cardiac arrest.

Are inhalants addictive?
When inhalant use continues over a period of time, a user will probably develop a tolerance to inhalants. This means that the user will need more frequent use and greater amounts of a substance to achieve the effect desired. This, in turn, leaves a user at much greater risk of suffering from possible negative effects of the drug, such as liver, lung and kidney impairment, brain damage, nervous system damage, and even death.

Physical dependence can also result, and when a user tries to give up the inhalant habit, withdrawal symptoms such as hallucinations, headaches, chills, delirium tremors, and stomach cramps may occur.

 

Crack and Cocaine Facts

  • Know the Law. Cocaine and Crack are illegal substances. Depending on where you are caught, you could face high fines and jail time.
  • Get the facts right. Even one hit of crack or cocaine can be fatal.
  • Stay informed. Injecting cocaine can give you hepatitis and AIDS.
  • Be aware of the risks.Using drugs increases the risk of injury. Car crashes, falls, burns, drowning, and suicide are all linked to drug use.
  • Keep your edge. Drug use can ruin your looks, make you depressed, and contribute to slipping grades.
  • Play it safe. One incident of drug use could make you do something that you will regret for a lifetime.
  • Do the smart thing. Using drugs puts your health, education, family ties, and social life at risk.
  • Get with the program. Doing drugs isn’t “in”.
  • Face your problems. Using drugs won’t help you escape your problems, it will only create more.
  • Be a real friend. If you know someone with a drug problem, be part of the solution. Urge your friend to get help.

 

Hallucinogens

Is there any way to predict how I will react to taking LSD?

The effects of LSD are unpredictable. They depend on the amount taken, the user’s personality, mood and expectations, and the surroundings in which the drug is used. Usually, the user feels the first effects of the drug 30-90 minutes after taking it. These effects include dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth, and tremors. Sensations and feelings change much more dramatically than the physical signs. The user may feel serial different emotions at once or swing rapidly from on emotion to another.
Depending on the dose, the drug can produce delusions and visual hallucinations, which can be frightening and cause panic. Users refer to their experience with these acute adverse reactions as a “bad trip,” and the effects typically last for about twelve hours. Terrifying thoughts and feelings, fear of insanity and death, injuries, and fatal accidents have occurred during states of LSD intoxication. Anyone can experience a bad trip and there is no way to predict what your own experience will be.
I’ve heard that hallucinogens aren’t even addictive. So what’s the big deal?
LSD does not produce compulsive drug seeking behavior like cocaine, alcohol, or nicotine, but LSD produces tolerance, so that users who take the drug repeatedly must take progressively higher and higher doses in order to achieve the same state of intoxication. This is an extremely dangerous practice, given the unpredictability of the drug, and can result in increased risk of convulsions, coma, heart and lung failure, and even death.

The Short/Long Term Effects

 

Marijuana: (Short Term)

  • sleepiness and increased hunger
  • difficulty keeping track of time, impaired or reduced short-term memory
  • reduced ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination, such as driving a car
  • increased heart rate
  • potential cardiac dangers for those with preexisting heart disease
  • bloodshot eyes
  • decreased social inhibitions
  • risk of paranoia, hallucinations, intense anxiety

 

Marijuana (Long Term)

  • increased risk of chronic pulmonary disorders, including cancer
  • decrease in testosterone levels for men
  • increased in testosterone levels for women
  • lower sperm counts and difficulty having children in men
  • increased risk of infertility in women
  • diminished or extinguished sexual pleasure
  • psychological dependence requiring more of the drug to get the same effect

 

Inhalants (Short Term)

  • sudden death
  • suffocation
  • visual hallucinations and severe mood swings
  • numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
  • potential cardiac dangers for those with preexisting heart disease

 

Inhalants (Long Term)

  • headache, muscle weakness, abdominal pain
  • decrease or loss of sense of smell
  • nausea and nosebleeds
  • hepatitis
  • violent behavior
  • irregular heartbeat
  • liver, lung, and kidney impairment
  • brain damage
  • nervous system damage
  • dangerous chemical imbalances in the body
  • involuntary passing of urine and feces

The Physical/Psych. Effects

 

Crack and Cocaine (Physical Risks)

  • increase in blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and body temperature
  • heart attacks, strokes, and respiratory failure
  • hepatitis or AIDS through shared needles
  • brain seizures
  • reduction of the body’s ability to resist and combat infection
  • Crack and Cocaine (Psychological Risks)

 

Crack and Cocaine (Psychological Risks)

  • violent, erratic, or paranoid behavior
  • hallucinations and “coke bugs” – a sensation of imaginary insects crawling over the skin
  • confusion, anxiety and depression, loss of interest in for or sex
  • “cocaine psychosis” – Losing touch with reality, loss of interest in friends, family, sports, hobbies, and other activities

 

Hallucinogens (Physical Risks)

  • increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • sleeplessness and tremors
  • lack of muscular coordination
  • sparse, mangled, and incoherent speech
  • decreased awareness of touch and pain that can result in self-inflicted injuries
  • convulsions
  • coma
  • heart and lung failure

 

Hallucinogens (Psychological Risks)

  • a sense of distance and estrangement
  • depression, anxiety, and paranoia
  • violent behavior
  • confusion, suspicion, and loss of control
  • flashbacks
  • behavior similar to schizophrenic psychosis
  • catatonic syndrome whereby the user becomes mute, lethargic, disoriented, and makes meaningless repetitive movements

 

Addiction Resources

https://www.drugrehab.com/support/teen-drug-abuse/
https://www.drugrehab.com/support/help-for-teens/