Our Mission: Prevention and Early Intervention of Teenage Drug and Alcohol Addiction

‘Horse valium’ at high school investigated – The Examiner

October 11th, 2014

POLICE are investigating the sale of drugs at Kings Meadows High School, which has resulted in student suspensions.

Six students were allegedly involved in a drug dealing incident where “horse valium” tablets were brought to school by one student, believed to be in year 10, and subsequently ingested by other students at school.

Kings Meadows High School principal Lee Barker said the six involved received disciplinary sanctions.

It is known that at least one of the teenage boys who took a tablet received a 10-day suspension.

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Six high school students hospitalized from new ‘Cloud 9′ drug –

October 10th, 2014


On the street it’s called “Cloud 9″ or “Hookah relax” – a liquid synthetic drug made from chemicals found in air freshener or bath salts.

And it is the latest trend with high school kids.

“It’s absolutely deadly,” says Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik. “Some kids are sprinkling in marijuana and smoking it with marijuana, some are putting it into the e-cigarettes, and now the trend is to put it into energy drinks.”

Westland police say Monday two John Glenn High School students ended up in Garden City Hospital after ingesting the drug. This is just two weeks after four Canton students were also hospitalized.

“It’s been a spread across western Wayne County. There are a lot of kids that are getting really sick and having near-death experiences because of it,” Jedrusik says.

Police say this latest drug can easily be purchased in area gas stations and convenience stores. The small vial costs about $20.

The side effects include: Chest pain, increased pulse, high blood pressure paranoia, hallucinations, agitation and suicidal thinking/behavior.

“The symptoms of heart attacks is what’s being described by the kids in school,” Jedrusik said.

Police say like K2 or spice bath salts, the latest rage in recent years, catching the sellers of Cloud 9 is proving difficult.

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Teen drug use stirs concerns – Spirit of Jefferson

October 9th, 2014

CHARLES TOWN — After three drug-distressed Washington High students had to be rushed to the hospital on Friday and three others were taken home by their parents, this week’s Jefferson County Board of Education meeting became a discussion of the growing threat of  synthetic drugs in schools.

Synthetic forms of marijuana – known as “K2” or “spice” – as well as synthetic PCP and LSD are being purchased as bath salts or jewelry cleaner, according to Sheri Hoff, the school system’s director of attendance.

Because the substances are labeled “not for human consumption,” the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate them, she told the school board Monday.

Using the drugs brings a high – as well as the risk of cardiac arrest, kidney failure, hallucinations and other dangerous side effects, she said.

“They can be smoked or injected,” Hoff said. “A child could ask for a Tylenol and have the drug slipped in the capsule. That’s why no drug is given in school except by a nurse.”     Read more…

Younger Age at First Drink, Higher Odds for Problem Drinking: Study – Health Day

October 8th, 2014

Both drinking and getting drunk at an early age are key risk factors for alcohol abuse by high school students, a new study suggests.

The conclusions, based on a survey of high school students who drink, could help expand alcohol-prevention efforts aimed at teens to include those who already drink, to stop them from becoming binge drinkers, the researchers suggested.

“Efforts to distinguish between age of first alcohol use and progression to first heavy use as risk factors for heavy drinking have important implications for prevention efforts,” William Corbin, director of clinical training in the psychology department at Arizona State University, said in a news release.

“If age of any use is the primary risk factor, our efforts should be primarily focused on preventing initiation of any use,” Corbin said. “If, however, age of first intoxication — or delay from first use to first intoxication — is a unique risk factor above and beyond age of first use, prevention efforts should also target those who have already begun drinking in an effort to prevent the transition to heavy drinking.”   Read more…

Righteousness and Your Addiction – Lubbock Avalanche Journal

October 7th, 2014

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse our country is well-heeled in seeking chemical and other solutions to our stress and problems. Their report states:

“In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older—or 9.2 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication (such as a pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer) in the past month. This is up from 8.3 percent in 2002. The increase mostly reflects a recent rise in the use of marijuana, the most commonly used illicit drug.”

Cocaine is very popular in our government’s center according to Business Insider Washington D.C. takes the lead for coke use, with 3.04 percent of residents using in the past year. This might explain a great deal about how confusing our leaders appear at times.The only time our politicians look in the mirror may be when they are snorting a line.

Even in Lubbock there is “trouble in River City”. Alcohol and other drugs are easily obtained for those who seek them. Last week a memorial service was held at Texas Tech University for the seven students who have died already this school term with alcohol or drugs being involved.This will likely need to become an annual event so that no one is left out.

Other addictions can be just as destructive as those involving alcohol or drugs. The local Craigslist holds out promise of wireless ease for quick sex in their “casual encounter” section. While one can find postings for sexual “hook-ups” in a variety of Internet locations Craigslist is the “pennysaver” site for those who don’t want to pay anything to explore. There’s no registration, no fees, no pop-ups, no banners. Just lines and lines of ads, listing the multitudes of people willing to be done or to do you.

America’s favorite and most damaging drugs, after alcohol, are amphetamines and steroids. We are a nation of production and attainment and it matters little to some of us how success is obtained. Our movie screens proclaim how “greed is good” as demonstrated with the “Wolf of Wall Street”.   Read more…

Police see rise in drug-related DUIs – The Mercury News

October 6th, 2014

Although many associate the acronym “DUI” with alcohol, law enforcement agencies are seeing a higher rate of driving under the influence cases involving drugs, including prescription medications.

“One trend our department has noticed over the past couple of years has been a rise in the amount of alcohol and drug combined DUI arrests,” said North Coventry Police Chief Robert Schurr.

The drugs involved, he said, “include both prescription drugs and illegal controlled substances.”     Read more…

Rise in sex attacks on young girls blamed on binge-drinking boys – Hull Daily Mail

October 6th, 2014

BINGE-drinking teenage boys are to blame for a worrying rise in sex assaults on young girls, police say.

Humberside Police figures show the number of sex attacks where the offender and victim are both under 18 are increasing at a rapid rate.

Now, Assistant Chief Constable Alan Leaver has said more must be done to tackle the issue.

He said: “There is one common factor to be found in both suspects and victim and that is alcohol consumption.

 We have a real issue with adolescent boys in the age group of 16 to 21-year-olds, who consume alcohol and then behave inappropriately to young women and don’t understand where the boundaries are.”They seem to disregard the wishes and feelings of these young girls. There is a real culture of it.”Read more…

Police hope to curb teen drug use with free tool – KCCI News

October 5th, 2014

  • MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa —One police department hopes a new idea can help curb teenage drug use.

The Mitchellville Police Department is now providing drug test kits that parents can take home for free.

When Mitchellville Police Chief Kary Kinmonth came across the website TestMyTeen.com, he got an idea.

“I just thought it was a neat thing that was available to our community,” Kinmonth said.

Now, the department is providing free at-home drug testing kits for any parent in town who wants one.

“I think the huge positive is it could be a prevention tool. It could also be peace of mind for a parent as well,” Kinmonth said.

All it takes is a urine sample and three minutes to test for up to 10 different types of drugs.    Read more…

Study considers teen substances – Yale Daily News

October 4th, 2014

Deepa Camenga is an instructor in pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine and the first author of “Marijuana, Alcohol Use and Attempted Cigarette Cessation in Adolescent Boys and Girls,” a Yale study recently published in the journal Substance Abuse. The study focuses on the ways in which alcohol and marijuana use affect the frequency of attempts to quit smoking in teenagers. The research, which involved over 800 teen smokers at 10 Connecticut high schools, found that increased alcohol and tobacco use leads to a decrease in quit attempts, though generally men were less likely than women to attempt to quit smoking if they frequently smoke marijuana, and women were less likely to quit smoking if they engaged in heavy binge drinking. The News talked with Camenga about teen education practices, drug “substitution,” and the changes in today’s drug climate.

Q. How do you see your research being applied in the field?

A. This study looks at the association between making a cigarette quit attempt — trying to quit smoking — and other very common substances that are used by adolescents, that is, alcohol and marijuana. And those three drugs travel together. People tend to use combinations of those, and it shows that if you smoke marijuana more often or binge drink more often, you’re less likely to quit smoking. It’s important for people who are working in smoking cessation to really understand the whole breadth of substances that people are using. The study doesn’t really answer the question as to why — it wasn’t designed that way — but it does suggest that specialized treatment strategies are needed for people who are using multiple substances because they might be less motivated to quit smoking.

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Fight against heroin starts at home – HeraldNet

October 3rd, 2014

The American heroin epidemic is big news these days, and it’s an issue Snohomish County law enforcement tackles head-on every day. Heroin and drug use rears its ugly head in almost all aspects of our day-to-day work and almost everyone in public safety comes in contact with the effects heroin every day. The cost of heroin use to our community is staggering.

The crimes that affect our communities the most — burglary, auto theft, robbery, ID theft — are almost always the result of the need to find quick cash to feed a drug habit. The squatters and trespassers in our community’s parks and abandoned properties are often going to these places to buy and/or use drugs. It is estimated that drug addiction drives more than 70 percent of the crime in this county. In the Snohomish County jail, dozens of the inmates are being treated for heroin addiction at any one time.

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