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Awareness of Substance Abuse Trends and Preventative Measures Jennifer Keiser Unity Chemical Dependency Outreach Counselor
What are teens using today? Alcohol Marijuana Synthetics Prescription Medication OTC (over the counter medications)
You hear a conversation between your teen and his friends about “4/20”. What could they be talking about? A: Hitler’s birthday B: A “pot” smoker’s holiday C: Time of day to use marijuana D: Both B and C
The date, April 20 th is celebrated by marijuana smokers as well as the time of day (4:20) to use marijuana.
What is being done about synthetic substances? The DEA took emergency action to make synthetics illegal and scheduled 1 substances. US Senate permanently banned K2 and Bath Salts in June Federal Law signed by Obama on 7/9/12. (31 substances added to the list). Challenges for regulators to stay ahead of the new formulas of these drugs that may not be covered by current law.
Nationally, the number of calls to poison control centers Synthetic marijuana related: 2011 = 6, = 5,228 Jan 1 st -Aug 31 st 2013 = 1,821 Bath Salts related: 2012 = 2,676 Jan 1 st – Aug 31 st = 690
Vicodin (hydrocodone) is the #1 prescribed medication in the United States. National Data states that 1 in 5 teens have abused a prescription pain medication. 60% of teens who abused opiates did so before age in 10 teens have abused Adderall or Ritalin.
Over the Counter Medications
OTC Use Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is a cough suppressant. It is one of the active ingredients in many OTC cough and cold meds. Mucinex DM Robotussin Nyquil Dimetapp Coricidin Delsym
OTC Use Drugstores have moved products containing pseudoephedrine into locations where customers must ask a pharmacist for them in an effort to reduce abuse.
OTC Use September 27, 2013 Governor Cuomo signs Legislation prohibiting the retail sale of DXM to persons under the age of 18 Under 18 = prescription legislation-prohibiting-sale-of-dxm-to-minorshttp://www.governor.ny.gov/press/ legislation-prohibiting-sale-of-dxm-to-minors
Artists/ Song Titles/ Lyrics Miley Cyrus- “We Can’t Stop” – ”We like to party dancing with molly/ doing whatever we want” Cedric Gervais- “Molly”- “Please help me find Molly/ Hi I am looking for Molly/I’ve been searching everywhere and I can’t seem to find Molly/Do you know where I can find Molly/ She makes my life happier / More exciting/ she makes me want to dance” Rocko ft. Future, Rick Ross “U.O.E.N.O.”- “Put Molly up in her champagne, she didn’t even know it/Took her home and I enjoyed that, she didn’t even know it” French Montana ft. Meek Mill & Wiz Khalifa- “Molly”- ”She got that feeling, feeling/ Shorty be twerking off the pill/ Her clothes start peeling, peeling/ This ain’t no joke these girls are for real/ She touched the ceiling ceiling/ She brought the party here for real/ I call her Molly Molly/ She brought the party here for real”
Rihanna – “Diamonds” – ”Palms rise to the universe/ As we moonshine and molly/ Feel the warmth, we’ll never die/ We’re like diamonds in the sky” Kanye West- “Blood On The Leaves”- ”Let’s take it back to the first party/ When you tried your first molly/ And came out your body” French Montana- “Pop That”- “We pop a molly, she buss it open” Problem ft.Gunplay& Trinidad James- “My Last Molly SongEver/Promise”- ”Where that b***that do that molly and that b*** to roll my weed/ Don’t get no molly in my blunt but put this molly on your tongue/ Watch your eyes get wide and your tongue get numb/ Oh sweat dance turn it up” Tyga ft. Wiz Khalifa & Mally Mal- “Molly”- ” Hi I/m looking for molly I’ve been searching everywhere and can’t seem to find Molly….I f***ed around and fell in love with her”
Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz- “Beez In The Trap” Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Wayne – “ Roman Reloaded” Kanye West- “Mercy” Eminem- “Drug Ballad” Wiz Khalifia ft. Juicy J – Snoop Dog & Wiz Khalifa ft. Juicy J- “Smokin’ On” Gucci Mane – “ Trap Black” Sir Michael Rocks ft. GLC- “You Know The Rules” Trinidad James ft. 2 Chainz, Young Jeezy- “All Gold Everything Remix” Childish Gambino ft. Schoolboy Q & Ab-Soul- “Unnecessary” Lil Durk ft. Wiz Khalifa- “Molly Girl” Rick Ross – “ Box Chevy”
What Parents Can Do Create a safe, supportive environment to discuss the risks of alcohol and drug use. Use everyday “teachable moments” as conversation starters. Connect with teens to find out what they know about drugs and alcohol and how they feel about the pressures they face. Communicate expectations clearly and what the consequences of use will be.
Get to know your teen’s friends. Monitor your teen’s whereabouts and online activity. Encourage community involvement and productive activities. Have family meals. Educate yourself on current trends of substance use. Ask for help and support.
Contact Information: Jennifer Keiser Unity Outreach Counselor At McQuaid on Mondays and Thursdays