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Cough, Cold and Consequences

It is cold and flu season, so get your orange juice, your tissues and your cold medicine. Unfortunately your cold medicine is not just for colds anymore. Teens are using over the counter cold medicine like Coricidin  to get stoned. Visions Adolescent Treatment Center reports that using cold pills to get stoned has doubled in the past 4 years. It appears that using cold pills is on the rise due to the fact that they are not illegal, you don’t need a prescription or a dealer. All you have to do to get your fix is to go to your local grocery store. While getting it is easy, getting off it is not. Some kids have become addicted to Coricidin. One boy reports that while he enjoys getting high it has ruined his life. He has had to drop out of school, he still lives at home, and his mom has to drive him around because his license was taken away.

Sounds like a blast, but it can get worse. Some teens have actually died from taking these pills. If the cold pills have acetaminophen in them they can be deadly. The acetaminophen can cause liver damage and death in large doses. Emergency room doctors have noticed the rise in these types of cases. ER’s report teens coming in agitated, uncooperative and unresponsive from Coricidin.

This is a serious problem that you need to be aware of. Cold pills should only be taken when you are sick and in the doses suggested on the box. If you do accidentally take to many please get help as soon as possible.

Be safe this cold and flu season!

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When I was your age…

All of the billboards, commercials and magazine ads tell our parents to talk to us about drugs and that we should not do them. Which many parents do but very few talk about their own experience with drugs. Sometimes parents are afraid that if they admit that they have done drugs their children will think they are hypocrites and have no right to tell them not to do drugs because the parents have done drugs. Instead, parents keep their experiences from the children because they think it is protecting them.

Many of us do react that way when we here our parents have tried drugs. We are shocked that our “perfect” parents who make all the rules, and have never done anything wrong, have done drugs. Then we automatically try to justify trying drugs ourselves because hey, our parents did it.

But if we were as smart as we think we are we would realize that our parents are not doing drugs now, which mean some thing. Sure, they tried it but something made them change their mind because last time I checked my parents were not ever high. A recent article from Medical New Today, talks about how it helps if parents talk to their teens about their experiences with drugs because then all of the “don’t do that” statements have support behind them. It shows the teens that their parents know what they are going through. This is not true for every parent because not every parent has experience with drugs but everyone went to high school at one point in there lives so even if it is not their story it is a life experience.

To those of you whose parents do decide to tell you how they dealt with drugs don’t just ignore them or take it as a way to get back at you parents or something you can use against them, listen. Yes, they have done drugs but they are not doing them now so that alone should tell you something.

Huff and puff and…die?

Parents and Teachers are always talking about not getting into drugs and alcohol. “Once is all it takes to form and addiction,” they say and they are right. But there is something worse than drugs and alcohol. See drugs and alcohol have more long-term affects, they kill you slowly both physically and mentally. Something else can kill you in a matter of moments even the first time you try it. It is huffing.

Sure, laugh while you can, but do you even know what happens when you take a hit? Sounds echo and you feel like your moving in slow motion and you think, “wow this is great” but inside your heart is freaking out. Dan Tilkin wrote about huffing in a recent article for KATU News. He explained that the Hydrocarbons that are inhaled alter your bloods ability to carry oxygen, which damages your kidneys and nerves. It can also cause problems between your adrenaline and your heart. Dr. Robert Hendrickson, a toxicologist, explains, “There are many, many cases of people who are huffing and using hydrocarbons and get scared, or stand up and start to walk, and their heart is sensitive to the adrenaline surge and starts to beat very, very fast and they just drop and die.” Scary isn’t it?

The sudden interest in huffing came about because over the weekend Marissa Prosser, who is 19, got in a car wreck on the narrow bridge in The Dalles, Oregon. But the first officer on the scene could not figure out why. State Trooper Pat Ashmore said he had never seen anything like it. When he got to the car, Marissa was passed out in the front seat but with in a matter of seconds quickly came to and passed every sobriety test. Then Ashmore found a can of compressed air in the back seat ad figured it out. She had been taking hits while driving and passed out, causing a wreck on the bridge. Luckily, she stayed on the bridge. She has been charged with a DUI, no one else had been hurt.

So the question is how bad do you want a high? Enough to possibly die, every time it is like you are teasing death. That thought alone should give you an adrenaline rush. If you’re going to put yourself in the kind of danger why not do something brave? Like push a small child from in front of a moving car or save a kid that is drowning in a fast moving river or get a cat out of a really, really tall tree. Hey, if you’re going to die by putting yourself in danger you might as well do it with style. Not by inhaling toxic air, that’s just lame.