The use of contraband cigarettes among young adults may be a reliable indicator of illicit drug use, according to a new study out of Canada. A team of researchers working at the University of Alberta evaluated data collected from 2,136 high school students in the 9th through 12th grades, using information gathered during the 2010-2011 Youth Smoking Survey conducted by Statistics Canada, a division of that country’s federal government. The major finding of the University of Alberta study was that teenagers who smoke contraband cigarettes are several times more likely to also be found using illicit drugs. Cigarettes in Canada are heavily taxed, increasing the cost of a pack of smokes by around 75%, a measure which is meant in large part to curb the rates of nicotine use by making the habit cost prohibitive. Though this is likely effective to a degree, it also gives rise to a black market which is estimated at around $1.5 billion in value. Some people are making a lot of money by smuggling cigarettes across the border and around the country into provinces with higher cigarette tax rates, and many young adults in that country smoke these contraband cigarettes. Continue reading
Do you have a son or daughter or maybe a friend who spends a lot of time going to nightclubs or dance clubs? Then the chances are very good that they are using drugs as well. Probably a combination of drugs which increases their risk of harm or even death.
The drugs used at these clubs, similar events like music festivals and especially Spring Break trips include:
• And the many different new synthetic drugs on the market.
What makes things even worse is that many young people abuse multiple drugs – either all at once or in rapid succession so that all the drugs are active in their bodies at one time. This is an extremely risky habit that results in death far too often. Continue reading
The report gives the numbers of young people who are abusing different types of drugs. The report only includes people aged 18 to 25, the ages of heaviest drug abuse, generally speaking. Here’s what an analysis of drug use statistics showed about the drug use of our young adults on any average day:
- 3.2 million of them used marijuana
- 57,304 used heroin
- 51,319 used cocaine
- 46,179 used hallucinogens
- 17,868 used inhalants.
Remember, these numbers are for each and every day!
Also, on that average day, there were thousands of people using drugs for the first time:
- 2,470 initiated marijuana use
- 1,754 misused a prescription drug
- 1,200 used cocaine
- 850 used stimulants
- 566 used an inhalant
- 258 used heroin
- and 174 tried methamphetamine.
When you’ve got a loved one who is addicted, it seems like all the rules change. The ways you have learned to care about and be patient with them just don’t work any more. The problem is that it often takes family a very long time to learn this lesson. It’s very hard to shift gears this thoroughly – after all, as we learn to be parents, aunts, uncles, sons and daughters or grandparents, we learn to forgive and trust.
When drug or alcohol addiction enter the scene, either the rules must change or everyone may lose the game. It becomes necessary to suspend trust and admit the problem to other family members or one’s minister or doctor. Old rules about privacy may need to be tossed out if the addicted person is to get help. Continue reading
Your kids probably will not come right out and ask you this question. Most kids are going to believe what they hear from other kids and see happening right in front of them: Their friends are smoking pot or drinking and seem to be having fun. Or maybe a friend suggests that they sniff some markers and get goofy or someone has some pills that they say help you “chill out.”
It’s unfortunate that in today’s world, keeping kids safe from drug abuse is very close to the top of the list of a parent’s responsibilities. Many parents may not be well prepared to carry out this education. Or they may count on schools to do the job. Different drug education presentations have different levels of success. Plus a drug education presentation may not fully reflect a parent’s beliefs. So even if a school offers drug education classes, it’s really up to a parent more than anyone else to do this job. Continue reading
Among the young, there is a greater and greater acceptance of drug use, particularly of marijuana and pills. Even if parents instruct their children on the dangers of using these drugs, it is possible that many teens think they know more than their parents and that their parents’ advice is wrong or stupid. It may take being a good detective to find out if young people are starting to use drugs.
Young people still living at home are learning ways to hide drugs in their rooms so that parents won’t know they are there, even if they search. Parents need to have a different attitude about looking for drugs. Just going through drawers, pockets and backpacks is not enough. Here are some of the other places drugs are being hidden and some other things to look for to detect drug abuse. Continue reading
In some circles, it’s quite a popular drug. Young people who attend raves or nightclubs are very likely to know about it and have tried it. Ketamine is also heavily abused in urban areas in the US and Canada, in the UK and especially in Southern Asia. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, many people are becoming addicted and suffering great physical harm from abusing this drug. When the user mixes ketamine with Ecstasy, as is very popular in Asia, the physical damage can be terrible.
To help our friends at home and abroad, we have created an easy-to-read booklet on ketamine. I hope you will take a look at it and learn more about this drug. If you have young friends who might be susceptible to using this drug, share the information with them. The kind of damage that can occur includes destruction of one’s bladder, requiring surgery to remove it entirely. The bladder damage can affect the kidneys, possibly resulting in kidney failure as well.
Here’s the link to this new booklet: http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/10-facts-about-ketamine.html
If you know someone who has been affected by ketamine abuse or the use of any kind of drug, please feel free to call us to get information on how this drug may be harming them or how they can recover from addiction. Call 1-800-775-8750.
From your point of view as a parent, it probably seems like the school year just started. But in the eyes of your teenaged children, it has been an eternity since the year began, and the last day of school cannot come any sooner. The older that kids get, the more likely they are to become consumed by the boredom and ennui of the end of the school year. This is especially true of 12th graders who more often than not develop a case of “senioritis,” the “who cares?” attitude that characterizes many students who are coming into the final stretch of their time in school and who would rather do anything than study. Continue reading
How much do drugs really cost the United States? We all know that drugs are taking a major toll on society, but what is the real impact that they have on our country? It’s difficult to answer this question with any type of certainty, since it would be almost impossible to tally up every one of the many different types of costs and the total value of lost potential as a consequence of drug abuse and addiction. In 1990, however, an attempt was made to find an answer, in a study sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The study was titled, “Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Mental Illness: 1985,” and it was the result of an exhaustive analysis of the available economic and public health statistics, with the goal of estimating the dollar value of the costs of drug abuse, alcohol abuse and mental illness in this country. The answer they found was truly staggering, with a price tag of $218.1 billion for the losses our economy suffered that year as a result of substance abuse and mental illness. Drug use and alcohol abuse together accounted for 52% of the total, a figure that amounts to $113.41 billion. With inflation factored in, this figure adds up to $246.55 billion. Continue reading
Most parents want their children to stay away from drugs while they are growing up. But when kids do start to use one drug or another, it’s not like they walk up to their parents and announce the fact. Quite the opposite. In most cases, they know their parents will disapprove and so they are going to conceal their drug abuse.
As this change usually coincides with the age a child starts to spend more time away from home, it can be hard for a parent to spot the changes. Drug use also coincides with the challenges a young person encounters as he (or she) works out how to deal with social pressures, more demanding schoolwork and similar outside influences. It’s not an easy time. Continue reading