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Fake Marijuana May Be Endangering Young People Who Think it is Safe and Natural

Today’s young people are forced to make complex decisions regarding drug use and most of them lack the knowledge to do so wisely. To make matters worse, the list of drugs being offered to them keeps getting longer. Once it was marijuana, cocaine, heroin, alcohol and a couple of prescription drugs that young people might choose from. Now chemists around the world keep adding new substances they’ve cooked up in the lab to the existing substances that one can abuse.

Some of these substances are pharmaceutical drugs like hydrocodone and OxyContin. And some are what are termed “club drugs” – drugs mostly used in party or nightclub settings. A new drug poses particular threats to those who might want to abuse marijuana but don’t want to have that drug show up on a drug test administered by an employer or parent. That new drug is labeled with many different names, packaged in small foil envelopes and sold at head shops and alternative lifestyle supply stores.

Common names for this new drug include “Spice,” “K2″ and “Blaze.” The contents of these foil packages look like potpourri and the package may say it is supposed to be used as incense. But anyone buying it knows that it is intended to be smoked for its intoxicating effects. It is considered by many to be a fake marijuana as when things go well, it might give a high similar to weed. If things go wrong, a person could be trapped in an uncontrollable, paranoid hallucination.

Overcome Marijuana Addiction

This fake marijuana was legal for quite a long time after it started being abused in many parts of the US, but in 2011, the DEA utilized its emergency powers to ban the drug until local legislation could catch up with laws outlawing its sale and use.

Is It Really “Natural”?

As a gimmick to increase sales, this product may be labeled “natural” and “undetectable” meaning it probably will not show up on a drug test. But whatever the claims are, it has created damage and addiction in those who chose to abuse it. The lucky ones just experienced a euphoria similar to marijuana. The unlucky ones suffered extreme anxiety, hallucinations, even life-threatening seizures.

The drug is thought to have its effect on the central nervous system. It can cause the blood flow to the heart to reduce, resulting in heart attacks in some users. Some users vomit and become agitated and confused. A person who uses the drug regularly can become addicted and suffer withdrawal symptoms if they try to quit.

Despite its dangers, more than one in ten high school seniors has abused this drug, according to the 2011 Monitoring the Future survey.

Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Can Help the Person Addicted to Spice

When a person loses his (or her) sobriety to Spice, he needs effective help to bring about lasting recovery. Short-term programs too often result in repeated trips to rehab, as they do not help the recovering person repair the damage done by addiction. Every person who becomes addicted has suffered losses to personal integrity and self-respect. They have come to rely on a substance to get them through life, instead of having the skills themselves to deal with lady-to-day challenges. The Narconon drug rehabilitation program can bring the Spice abuser all the way back to stable sobriety in its long-term program that is residential in most locations.

The program takes three to five months for most people and includes a tolerable, nutritionally-supported withdrawal step, a sauna-based detoxification program and an array of life skills courses. On these courses, the recovering person learns such skills as how one’s personal integrity can be restored and how rational solutions can be decided on and put into place.

Find out how the Narconon drug rehabilitation program can help someone you care about who has become dependent on Spice. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.


Resources:

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/spice-synthetic-marijuana

http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/pressrel/pr030111.html

New Study Reveals Alcohol is Never Safe During Pregnancy

Alcohol Not Safe Pregnant

Opinions have varied widely on when it’s acceptable for a pregnant woman to drink. It wasn’t until 1973 that researchers identified Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), that collection of symptoms that show up in newborns when mothers drink, usually heavily, during pregnancy. FAS symptoms can include physical deformities to the head and face plus behavioral and learning problems.

And it wasn’t until 1981 that there were definite warnings about drinking during pregnancy issued by the Surgeon General.

One of the problems with collecting study data on the problem was that it was difficult to carry out a study that involved pregnant women because of the chance of harming the baby. But now a recent study has provided a closer look at how much alcohol is too much for a pregnant woman – and does it matter when during the pregnancy she drinks it?

The study carefully followed the toxic exposure and drinking experiences of 992 pregnant woman in California between 1978 and 2005. Once the women gave birth, the babies were carefully examined for any signs of FAS. The researchers then correlated any signs with the amount of alcohol consumed and when in the pregnancy it was drunk.

The report based on this research now states that the second half of the first trimester – or about 43 to 84 days after conception – is the most sensitive time for alcohol consumption, based on the appearance of FAS-type symptoms of women who drank during this time.

But because of the appearance of symptoms in babies born to women who drank in varying quantities at various times in the pregnancy, the researchers were forced to conclude that there were no safe levels of alcohol consumption while pregnant.

This is Bad News for Those Who Can’t Control their Alcohol Consumption

This may not present a problem for the average pregnant woman who has no trouble controlling her drinking. But for the pregnant woman who has lost control due to prolonged alcohol abuse, this is not good news. Some women may seek help at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or if her problem is drug abuse, Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Many alcoholics, however, benefit greatly from being removed from the environment in which they were drinking. With alcohol being legal, it can often be found within a few blocks of almost any point of an urban landscape. This is where Narconon can provide a unique kind of help.

Help to Quit Drinking Pregnant

Narconon residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers located across the US and in dozens of other locations around the world offer a pregnant woman a chance to recover from alcoholism in a safe, controlled environment, protecting not only her sobriety but also her unborn child.

Utilizing life skills training and nutritional support, a pregnant woman can learn how to get her life back on track so she can nurture her baby when it is born. At a Narconon drug and alcohol rehab center, Narconon meetings consist of learning how to choose one’s friends properly to preserve a drug-free life, knowing how to recover one’s personal integrity that might have been lost during drug or alcohol addiction, and much more.

For anyone you want to help recover from alcohol or drug addiction, pregnant or not, contact the Narconon International offices at 1-800-775-8750 today to find out more.


Resources:

http://fasdcenter.samhsa.gov/educationTraining/courses/CapCurriculum/competency1/

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/29/dining/29preg.html?ref=health

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/womens-health/articles/2012/01/17/drinking-late-in-first-trimester-may-be-most-hazardous