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Heroin Use Soaring Suburban Teens Most At Risk

A new trend is happening with teens concerning drug use; and it’s not underage drinking, marijuana or synthetic drug use. The drug of choice for teens has just become heroin. And the number of teens using the drug is shocking.

Many might think that heroin is a drug only taken by the homeless or those from inner cities or that “grew up poor.” Heroin use, however is affecting middle class suburban teens all over American with the result being devastation for users and families alike.

If you are a parent, you should be concerned. The drug is popping up in schools and throughout social media conversations and across America. This article will give you the tools you need to determine if you need has been exposed to this problem. It will also give you directions on what do to if your child is using the drug.

How Do I Know If My Teen Is Using Heroin

The first thing as a parent that you want to know is how to determine if there is a problem happening with your teenager. There are specific characteristics will start showing up which include:

1.    Your teen will experience dryness of mouth.
2.    Their pupils will be noticeably smaller or constricted.
3.    There will be behavioral changes in the teen’s mood.
4.    The individual will be breathing heavy like seems to be out of breath
5.    He or she maybe forgetting where they were or have spotty memory while high on the drug.
6.    They will have kind of a drooping appearance.

There are certain tell tail signs that you will start noticing.  The first might be the appearance of your teen certain changes in your teens face such as dark circles under the eyes like they haven’t been sleeping for long periods of time. Another might be the teens overall posture. If they start to slump over instead of having a good posture and suddenly they seem to be weak or have been losing a lot of weight in a short period of time but not from exercising. Your teen might also start wearing more cloths that hide and cover up the marks that might be source of where they are injecting. This includes wearing long sleeves in summer month, during hot weather to cover up IV use.

Also you notice that teens will become a little more anti-social than usual always wanting to spend time by themselves. When they are out of the home and you might ask, “where have you been” and they get very defensive and start lying about where they’ve been. These are all signs of where to start when looking to see if your teen is a heroin user.

What To Do With A Teen Who Has A Heroin Problem

The first thing to do is to find out for sure that your teen is using heroin. Drug testing could also be used to determine if there is a problem. Then review the signs above and also look for paraphernalia like:

•    Bags of light brown powder
•    Needles
•    Spoons
•    Razor blades and straws or rolled up dollar bills that indicate that the teen is snorting the drug.
•    Belts or straps to tighten the arm for IV use.

As heroin hits the suburbs, data shows that an alarming number of teens are using it. Your teen could be among the 3% of teens who end up using heroin and get hooked on this terrible drug. Contact Narconon Hawaii right away.

The site narcononhawii.org offers information and ideas on what you need to do to help your teen if they are struggling with heroin use or if they need education or prevention so they don’t start using in the first place.

For more information contact narcononhawaii.org.

Source: http://www.teendrugaddiction.com/content/teen-heroin-addiction.html

The Basics Of Crack Cocaine Addiction

Crack cocaine is widely thought of as one of the most addictive drugs in existence. Crack is an even more addictive form of cocaine. It is produced by making a solution of cocaine, sodium bicarbonate and water. The solution is boiled and a hard substance separates from the water. This substance is broken or cut into pieces called “rocks”, usually weighing one-tenth to one-half a gram. The Drug Enforcement Administration reports that crack rocks are generally from 75 to 90 percent pure cocaine.

Crack is typically smoked in glass pipes but can also be sprinkled or “laced” into marijuana cigarettes. When inhaled it is almost immediately absorbed into the bloodstream, with the maximum effects of the drug usually occurring around 2 minute after inhalation. The effects last roughly thirty minutes after administration.

When Crack Started and Rising Trends

Crack exploded into use in America in the 80’s. This is mostly due to its cheap cost and quick high. The low cost explains why it is predominantly used in poor urban areas. The highest numbers of crack users are African-American males between the ages of 18 and 30 who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Almost 4 percent of the American population today use crack. A recent report says that 8 million Americans from the age of 12 and older say that they have tried crack at some point in their lives. The same report, in 2002 indicated that number was about 567,000.

Warning Signs

Crack has very definite signs of use almost immediately after use. They are so pronounced that you would not need to know the person to notice them. Some of the warning signs would be:

•    Dilated pupils
•    Increased body temperature
•    High blood pressure
•    Fast talking or general hyperactivity displayed through actions
•    Hoarse speech

When an addicted person stops using crack, there is a “crash.” They will experience withdrawal symptoms, which could include the following:

•    Depression
•    Anxiety
•    Intense cravings for the drug
•    Irritability
•    Agitation
•    Exhaustion
•    Anger

You can also spot a crack user by certain paraphernalia. You might look for:

•    Spoons with white residue or burn marks
•    Small, thin Glass pipes with burns marks at one end, often with residue or scratches.
•    Small plastic bags, aluminum foil or pieces of plastic wrap, often with white residue
•    Broken light bulbs with burn marks

Additionally there may be emotional changes. Crack addicts might have one or more of the following:

•    Inability to sleep
•    Paranoia and agitation with no logical reason.
•    Shunting responsibility
•    New friends who also use drugs

What To Do About it

According to narcononhawaii.org  an addict is highly unlikely to admit that they have a problem. If you suspect someone you know of crack addiction, the best thing to do is get them help. We have professionals that know the exact sequence of steps to get someone off of drugs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Do not ignore the signs that someone is on crack. Only 10.4 percent of crack users get help. Crack is a very serious drug and can have extreme consequences if not handled quickly. It is vital that you act quickly when you have a friend or family member in need.

For more information on this growing problem or to find help for a loved one with a crack cocaine addiction contact narcononhawaii.org today.

The Narconon program achieves a more than 76% success rate for all hard core addictions, including crack cocaine addiction issues.