Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A Possibly Legal - But Still Dangerous - High

When one thinks of kids getting drugs we usually think of someone who looks a little like me standing at a street corner selling illegal drugs.

Not always so.

Kids today are getting a buzz off over-the-counter painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, and according to this Detroit News Article the number of kids abusing drugs that can be purchased easily and legally in many types of stores may be as high as 1 in 5 kids. There is a mistaken belief that a legal drug is a safe drug and many of them don't understand that no drug is safe when abused.

The best answer to this is also given in the article. Parents should monitor what drugs they have in their home and keep an eye on it. Several good suggestions are given on this.

I also note that the medical term for improper use of a legal drug is drug diversion. Just an interesting little tidbit that I did not know. Learn something every day I guess.

9 Comments:

Blogger Tom C said...

Yeah I posted on one form of drug intake a couple of posts back. Here in the south it is huffing freon of all things. When you get to work and the ac is out, you know why.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Tom C said...

By the way, do you ever get to Owosso speedway? The storys I could tell.......

9:37 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

I live very close to it, but am rarely there. While I'm not much of a race fan I have friends who race on that track regularly.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

"In one episode of the hit show "Desperate Housewives," for example, a mother uses her child's Ritalin as a stimulant to get her chores done." I saw that episode. I was in school at that time and remember wondering if it would work for me.

Being a science teacher, I teach kids that are bound for the medical field. I've talked to them after they get to medical school. They have stories of classmates taking uppers to keep up their grades and schedule.

6:17 AM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Its amazing how many drug dangers there are. I've heard the stories about kids sniffing chemical sprays and dieing too. So many things to be aware of and protect our kids from.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

This is really gross, but when I was doing my research for grad requirements, I came across an article that talked about people in Malaysia huffing dog poop to get high. They put fresh poop into a little box and inhaled. Their going to get high...on anything.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Bushwack said...

What does this say about our culture here, Are we so carefree with our lives that we don't mind being in an altered state?
Are we in such despair that we need to be "High" to cope?
As a kid in H.S. I experimented with pot (didn't really like it) So instead I figured out it was a good money maker.
Yes, I was a bad kid. But very rich by the standards of a 17 yr old kid.
Then came the time I had to work for a living and the cocaine craze was striking. Now, Cocaine I really liked, but my need of money was the deciding factor on how to best use this new drug to increase my cash flow. So for a few years I was a big distributor of the substance. Never got popped and got out before it was too late.
The reason I say this is; Kids will be kids, they will try things they know nothing about and will do exactly opposite of what their parents tell them.
In that reason I never once told my kids "Don't do drugs" Instead I told them to look around at the kids that do. Look at the kids that are drinking does that look fun? and explained the effects and consequences.
I also told them my feelings on it which were, it would not be toleratd in my house. So if you decide to do it move out first to avoid the ass whoopin.
Drinking on the other hand is not as harsh in my book. I lowered the drinking age in my house to 18 for my kids. If they want to drink they do it in my presence at home. As of this time neither one has expressed interest in this. (one is over 18 now and in college, the other turns 18 in Aug. and goes in to the Marines in September)
I don't suggest this the right thing to do with 18 year olds however both of my kids are very good kids and I have got to trust them to make the right decisions. If they are old enough to take a bullet in War they can drink a beer with their old man.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Bushwack said...

As for my life now, My wife is an assistant pastor, I am a supervisor for a fortune 500 company.
What our childhood past contains does not dictate what we will become, it just means some will have a taller mountain to climb to get out of the gutter.

BTW, I have seen your comments on several blogs, we are on the same page politicaly and in religion.
I will be linking you on my blog and will become a frequent visitor.

8:42 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

bushwack
welcome, enjoy your visit, and I will take a look at your blog as well and will probably return the favor. thanks.

12:05 PM  

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