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    Liquid Pot: The Latest Synthetic Drug Harming Teens

    Apr 28 • Synthetic Drug Use • 5677 Views

    Synthetic marijuana has been a troubling drug in the marketplace for years, but now there is a liquid form that could pose an even greater danger than the previous “herbal” blends. Synthetic marijuana liquid is a particularly troubling form of pot because it is impossible to know exactly what is in it and people can conceal it by vaping. E-cigarettes do not give off smoke or odor, which means users can get away with vaping liquid synthetic marijuana out in the open.

    Synthetic Marijuana

    Synthetic pot first came on the scene several years ago and was sold legally as potpourri or incense with catchy names like K2 and Spice. The makers of these products created synthetic compounds similar to natural cannabinoids, the psychoactive compounds found in marijuana. Lawmakers have struggled to keep up with outlawing the products, as once a single compound is made illegal the drug makers simply design a new one.

    Risks

    For years there has been a back-and-forth battle to get these dangerous products out of the hands of teens. They are particularly dangerous because the exact chemical makeup of any one product is never certain and they have been known to cause:

    • severe anxiety
    • high blood pressure
    • hallucinations
    • psychosis
    • suicidal thoughts
    • and even death in users

    Liquid Synthetic Pot

    The original synthetic marijuana products looked like marijuana. The makers of these products use a random blend of dried plant material and then spray it with synthetic compounds. Users smoke it like they would natural marijuana. Liquid solutions of the synthetic compounds are now being sold, officially as herbal incense, but really as a way to get high using e-cigarettes. Vaping with e-cigarettes involves heating a cartridge of liquid and inhaling the resulting vapor. The user exhales mostly water vapor and there is no odor or smoke. E-cigarettes are supposed to contain liquid vials with dissolved nicotine, but they can be easily replaced with liquid synthetic marijuana.

    Dangers Of Liquid Synthetic Pot

    There are two main dangers of this new form of synthetic pot.

    • The first is that it is more potent than the dried plant material version of synthetic marijuana. Users report getting intense highs very quickly when using liquid synthetic marijuana. Young people abusing this liquid form could inhale much more than they intended to without realizing it until it is too late.
    • The other danger of using liquid marijuana for e-cigs is that it can be easily concealed. Someone could be getting high outside in public. This makes it easier for teens to use synthetic marijuana without their parents or other adults knowing it.

    Law Enforcement And Parents Must Work Together To Overcome Teen Synthetic Marijuana Abuse

    Law enforcement agencies and lawmakers are already scrambling to outlaw the latest synthetic marijuana, but it is tough to keep up with a changing market. Parents must take responsibility for educating their teens and for being aware of what they are doing. If you find a small, mysterious vial of liquid in your teen’s room, be concerned and don’t hesitate to investigate.

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  • Hushed Child- Helicoptering Isn’t Effective Parenting-TeenDrugRehab

    Don’t Hover, Mom: “Helicoptering” Isn’t Effective Parenting

    Apr 26 • For the Parents • 2960 Views

    As parents, we want to do all we can to protect our children and encourage them to grow up to be strong, self-assured and self-confident individuals who can make wise choices in an increasingly complex world. Somewhere along the line, however, many parents — especially mothers — veer toward being much more overprotective than is actually healthy for their children. These are the so-called “helicopter” moms. But the advice from mental health experts is that Continue Reading

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    New Prevention Program Wants Teens To Say NOPE

    Apr 24 • Featured, Prescription Drug Addiction • 2688 Views

    A new drug prevention program has been created to teach middle school and high school students about the dangers of abusing prescription opiates. The program, known as Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE), launched in the states of Illinois and Pennsylvania.

    This new program was created to address the growing number of prescription drug overdose deaths in the United States, particularly from narcotic drugs. Prescription drugs were responsible for Continue Reading

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  • Cold Medicine-Triple C - www.TeenDrugRehabs.com

    Why You Need To Talk To Your Teen About Cold Medicine

    Apr 21 • Drug Abuse • 2836 Views

    It may seem silly, but if you have a teenager, you need to talk to him about the dangers of abusing over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. Although a number of brands and generic products can be abused this way, a common slang term for any such cold medicine is triple C. Stats about teen substance abuse tell us that young people really do abuse these medicines to get high, and the risks are serious. Learn more about this phenomenon and then talk to your teen to keep him protected. Continue Reading

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  • Bullying In Schools Still Common - Teen Rehab

    Despite Nationwide Efforts, Bullying In Schools Still Common

    Apr 19 • Featured, Self Esteem & Identity • 2353 Views

    Bullying of all kinds has become a prominent issue in the news, and putting a stop to widespread bullying has become a priority of various public awareness campaigns and legislative efforts. Despite these efforts, new research from Clemson University suggests that bullying, particularly in schools, is still a major problem.

    The Clemson study looked at a representative sample of 2,000 Olweus Bullying Questionnaires selected from more than 200,000 questionnaires. The researchers found that around 22 Continue Reading

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    The Scary Consequences Of Teen Drinking

    Apr 17 • Alcohol Abuse, Featured • 2508 Views

    Peer pressure and substance abuse go hand-in-hand for many teens, which means that too many put their lives and futures at risk by drinking. Underage drinking is nothing new. Kids have always experimented with substance abuse, and drinking is at the top of the list for a number of reasons. Teens can usually access alcohol fairly easily and they tend to assume that drinking is safer than substance abuse. Learn the facts about teen drinking and convince the young people in your life to abstain. Continue Reading

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    Is Teen Use Of E-Cigarettes On The Rise?

    Apr 14 • Facts and Stats • 1880 Views

    Teen consumption of e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) is clearly on the rise, especially in the state of Hawaii, according to recent findings from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and two additional U.S. research institutions.

    E-cigarettes are cigarette substitutes that contain nicotine and a number of other secondary ingredients. While some researchers tout the use of these products as a safer alternative to cigarettes or as a means to quit using cigarettes, others express reservations about the known and unknown harms associated with their intake. Continue Reading

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    TV Ads For Alcohol: Do They Increase The Risk For Teenage Drinking Problems?

    Apr 12 • Alcohol Abuse • 2708 Views

    Teenagers who view and respond favorably to televised alcohol advertisements have significantly elevated chances of participating in binge drinking and heavy drinking, according to current findings issued by a team of American and German researchers. Teens who consume alcohol are considered high-risk for the eventual onset of diagnosable drinking problems, especially when they Continue Reading

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  • Teen Polydrug Use Associated Not Finishing High School-Teen Rehab

    Is Teen Polydrug Use Associated With Not Finishing High School?

    Apr 10 • Substance Abuse • 2226 Views

    Teenagers involved in polydrug use have a substantially lower chance of finishing high school than their counterparts who don’t use drugs, according to new findings from a multinational research team. Polydrug users, also known as polysubstance users, seriously increase their exposure to substance-related harm by Continue Reading

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  • Impact Sleeping Problems Have On Teen Alcohol Use-Teen Drug Rehabs

    What Impact Do Sleeping Problems Have On Teen Alcohol Use?

    Apr 7 • Alcohol Abuse • 2047 Views

    The presence of insomnia or other sleeping problems substantially increases the odds that a teenager will binge drink and experience a range of alcohol-related harms, current research indicates. For a variety of reasons, teenagers have significant chances of Continue Reading

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