Lecture on current trends on drugs

Current Trends on Drugs and Paraphernalia – COA Clinic

Many of the current trends on drugs may lead to tragedies such as seizures, emergency-room visits and even death.

You as a parent has probably warned your kids, as millions of parents across the country, about the dangers of binge drinking, prescription drugs and cigarettes. As you know, kids will be kids and will always test their boundaries. The perfect way for kids to do this are to participating in the latest drug trends. Kids usually think it is harmless fun.

The following topics will be under discussion during this COA Clinic by Sovereign Health, presented by Jeff Holloway.

Variations of THC / Marijuana

What is THC? THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects.

the danger of synthetic drugsTypes of Narcotics

Merriam Webster defines a narcotic as a drug (as in opium or morphine) that in moderate doses dulls the senses, relieves pain, and induces profound sleep but in excessive doses causes stupor, coma, or convulsions.
Opioids and opioid for instance codeine, morphine, tramadol and heroine
Cannabinoids include THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), hashish and marijuana.
HaStimulants – amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, methylphenidate and methamphetamine that are prescription drugs for the management of neuropsychiatric illnesses and issues.
llucinogens include PCP

What are synthetic drugs?

Synthetic drugs are products containing chemical substances artificially developed to mimic the effects of illegal drugs like cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamine. They come in the form of powders, pills and dried herbs that have been soaked in synthetic chemicals.

What is Paraphernalia?Substance use usually leads to personality change

Paraphernalia is the term used to refer to a variety of materials that pertain to the use and abuse of various illicit substances

It is probably the worst nightmare of every parent to find out that your child is a substance abuser. The Internet has become a friend and a foe. Teens are using the internet in finding effective ways to conceal their indiscretions. Therefore parents need to be observant about their children’s behavior but also about having drug paraphernalia among their possessions.

The following items can be indicative of substance abuse.
Glass Tubes & Steel Wool
Belts & Laces
Syringes & Burnt Spoons
Cards, Straws & Mirrors
Pipes, Bowls & Bongs

What are the signs of drug abuse?

Being observant parents are probably the best way to determine whether your child has a problem.
You may also take note of the following common signs.
Sudden loss of conscience or inhibition
Loud or obnoxious behavior
Character isolation
Secretive behaviors
Sudden change in hobbies
Change in circle of friends