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Unless You’re Deadpool, Don’t Smoke

Smoking Cigarettes

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Unless you’re Deadpool and can regenerate parts of your body, don’t smoke. If you do smoke and you realize you aren’t Deadpool, quit. If one of your friends said here, take this Cyanide: “It will probably kill you but it’s cool.” Would you do it? I will assume you probably would not. Do you smoke cigarettes? If you don’t, that’s great. Not only do cigarettes and e-cigs contain nicotine which most people know is highly addictive, but the smoke from cigarettes also contains Benzene, Arsenic and Cyanide. All of these have one thing in common: they are all poisons.  Cyanide is so toxic that in 1989 millions of imported fruit were banned after a small amount was found in just 2 grapes. Fact: There’s 33 times more Cyanide in a single cigarette than was found in both of those grapes.  You can read more about this at can cause cancer and like Cyanide poison, kill you. Also, smoking is gross. It makes you and your clothes smell like a walking ashtray.

By the way, if you’re an Oregon teen reading this then you need to know buying cigarettes is illegal until your 21. If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.



Prescription Drugs


After marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly misused substances by Americans age 14 and older. The three kinds of prescription drugs commonly abused are:

Opioids—used to relieve pain, such as Vicodin, OxyContin, or codeine

Depressants—used to relieve anxiety or help a person sleep, such as Valium or Xanax

Stimulants— used for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall and Ritalin

All of these drugs are legal drugs that must be prescribed by a doctor. In order to receive a prescription for medicines a doctor spends time with the patient and has figured out what the best treatment is, which may include one of the medicines in the above categories. A doctor will gather your information and will prescribe the correct medicine based on your size and weight and whether or not the benefit of the medicine will outweigh the risk.

Every medicine has risks and side effects and that is why a doctor carefully looks at all options before suggesting a medication. When you take someone else’s medication that wasn’t meant for you, it can have bad consequences like addiction, overdoses, and even death.  Just because a medicine has been prescribed to someone, it doesn’t make it okay for you to take it.

If someone offers you a pill whether you know what it is or not, don’t take it. Just because a medicine is not against the law to use doesn’t mean it can’t be bad. If you are taking a medicine it doesn’t mean it is safe for a friend to take it too, so do not give someone else your medicine.

If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.

Video Game Addiction: Is it Real?


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Do you love gaming? A lot of teens and adults alike enjoy gaming. Have you ever stayed up all night playing a game because you just couldn’t stop? I’m sure again that all of us gamers can definitely answer yes to this question.  Have you heard about something called video game addiction? Experts in their respective fields have been debating whether or not video game addiction (VGA) is a real thing.  One thing known for sure is that too much gaming can lead to problems and issues in your life. While the experts continue debating, let’s talk about the issue by looking at what this could mean.

Some of the symptoms listed that could indicate a problem:

Feelings of restlessness and/or irritability when unable to play

Preoccupation with thoughts of previous online activity or anticipation of the next online session

Lying to friends or family members regarding the amount of time spent playing

Isolation from others in order to spend more time gaming


Migraines due to intense concentration or eye strain

Carpal tunnel syndrome caused by the overuse of a controller or computer mouse

Poor personal hygiene

If you game and you are experiencing these symptoms then you might have a problem and should consider gaming a little less. Yes, I just said that. A break will give you a chance to refresh and maybe even give you a new perspective within your game that could help.

If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.

Club Drugs Part 5: LSD

Growing up I remember being told not to lick the stamp or envelopes when mailing something because it could be laced with Acid.  At the time I had no idea what mom was talking about but when I got older I understood she was talking about LSD. LSD use goes as far back as the 1940s and 50s. It was really popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

LSD is short for D-lysergic acid diethylamide and is a hallucinogen. A hallucinogen is a drug that causes hallucinations. Users see images, hear sounds and feel sensations that seem very real but do not exist. Some hallucinogens can alter mood and cause changes that aren’t expected or wanted. LSD is also considered a club drug because LSD can be found at dance clubs, raves and other places young people gather.

LSD is sold on the street in small tablets (“microdots”), capsules or gelatin squares (“window panes”). It is sometimes added to absorbent paper, which is then divided into small squares decorated with designs or cartoon characters (“loony toons”).

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LSD also can be known as:


Battery acid



California Sunshine




Golden Dragon

Heavenly Blue


Loony toons

Lucy in the sky with diamonds



Purple Heart



Window pane

Yellow sunshine


Effects can begin anywhere from 30-90 minutes after ingestion. The effects of LSD are unpredictable. They depend on the amount taken, the person’s mood and personality, and the surroundings in which the drug is used. It is a roll of the dice—a racing, distorted high or a severe, paranoid low.

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At the age of 16 I was introduced to a drug that I abused for over three years—LSD. What I was unaware of was the fact that LSD is the most potent hallucinogen known to man.

“The drug came on a small piece of paper no bigger than my index finger, called a blotter. Fifteen minutes after putting the paper on my tongue my entire body got hot and I began to sweat.

“Some other reactions that I experienced while on the drug included dilated pupils, nausea and ‘goose bumps.’ While high on LSD I felt like there was a huge distortion both in my mind and body. The visual changes as well as the extreme changes in mood were like some strange scary trip—one in which I felt like I had no control over my mind and body.” —Edith

If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.

Club Drugs Part 4: Ecstasy

Moving along with our series, let’s talk about Ecstasy.  Ecstasy is the common name for MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) which is a man-made drug that produces energizing effects similar to amphetamines. Besides a stimulant effect Ecstasy also causes a psychedelic effect similar to LSD or Hallucinogens. Ecstasy is very commonly found in night clubs and raves as well as music festivals and concerts because of its effects. Ecstasy is commonly called “Molly” (slang for molecular) refers to the pure crystalline powder form of MDMA, usually sold in capsules. Ecstasy can also be known by other names:


* X, E, or XTC
* Adam
* Beans
* Candy
* Dancing Shoes
* Disco Biscuits
* Doves
* E-bomb
* Egg Rolls
* Happy Pill
* Hug Drug
* Love Drug
* Malcolm (or Malcolm X)
* Scooby Snacks
* Smartees
* Sweets
* Skittles
* Thizz
* Vitamin E or Vitamin X
* Vowels

Most people who use Ecstasy take it in a pill, tablet, or capsule. The pills can be different colors and sometimes have cartoon-like images on them.

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Some people take more than one pill at a time, called “bumping.” According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Ecstasy (MDMA) is being mixed with or replaced by synthetic cathinones, the chemicals in “bath salts.” Some Ecstasy pills, tablets, and capsules have also been found to contain caffeine, dextromethorphan (found in some cough syrups), amphetamines, PCP, or cocaine.

Once Ecstasy is taken it can take approximately 15 minutes to get through the bloodstream and reach the brain. Ecstasy users may become anxious and agitated, become sweaty, have chills, and feel faint and/or dizzy. Other effects including confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, and anxiety can happen days or weeks after use.

If you’re wondering whether or not you can die from using Ecstasy, the answer is yes. When you use Ecstasy the body has trouble controlling body temperature. When you’re in hot settings like dance clubs, or concerts it can cause a sharp rise in body temperature (known as hyperthermia), which can cause liver, kidney, heart failure or even death. For more information about Ecstasy, check out


Don’t Be Afraid to Say No. If you don’t want to try something that’s offered to you, you have a right to say no. Only you know what’s right for you and your friends shouldn’t be making your decisions for you by pushing you to do something. If you hear “everyone’s doing it” don’t believe that one. It may seem that way to you because a majority of your friends are doing these things.

Connect with Your Friends and Avoid Negative Peer Pressure.  What kind of friends are you hanging out with?  If most of your friends that you hang out with are using alcohol and/or drugs, you should consider making new friends. The more you hang out with those that use, the more of a chance you have of getting involved with drugs and not being able to stop.

Make Connections With Your Parents or Other Adults. As you grow up, having a trusted adult you can talk to about everything going on in your life including drug or alcohol use is very important.

Enjoy Life and Do What You Love – Don’t Add Alcohol and Drugs. Find things to do. You can get involved in your community, participate in school clubs or even get a job depending on your age. Don’t let the “I’m bored” become an excuse to get involved with alcohol and/or drugs.

Get Educated About Alcohol and Drugs.  Take the time to learn about alcohol and drugs. Do not rely on information you hear from your friends as they could possibly be wrong.

Plan Ahead. If you’re going out to an event, make a plan on how you will protect yourself. Planning ahead will help you deal with a situation and will help to keep you from becoming a victim.

Get help. If anything happens don’t be afraid to get help. There are plenty of adults that are ready to help you.

If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.