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Skittles Party By Teens Is Not What It Seems

A Skittles Party could take the form of a home filled with teenagers where everyone brings all the prescription medications they have on hand and pool them. Then anyone at the party who wants to abuse a pill just dips in and grabs whatever they want.

This practice could be life-threatening but with a deceptive name like a Skittles Party, it could be discussed right in front of a parent without them realizing anything was wrong.

Anyone who knows what Skittles are knows why this term came into use. Skittles are small, round candies that come in an assortment of colors and flavors. There’s a similarity between a bowl of Skittles and a bowl of prescription pills.

It is easy to understand why teens might choose to abuse prescription drugs. Their parents take them, they are given these drugs themselves, they are often available in the home or in the homes they visit. Abusing these drugs may seem like just a small step away from the drugs legitimate use.

But that is because teens do not understand that addiction and death can follow a Skittles party. The bowls at one of these parties may contain any or all of the following:

Xanax
Valium
Prozac
Oxycontin
Vicodin
Lortab
Ritalin
Adderall
Concerta
Percocet
Percodan
Carisoprodol

As well as many others.

Any of these drugs can become addictive and send a person to rehab for recovery. When a number of these drugs are taken together, they can create a complex medical situation that is difficult to untangle in the emergency room.

According to the European Monitoring Committee for Drugs and Drug Addiction, mixing pharmaceutical drugs can greatly increase the risk of adverse health effects. These effects can be short term, as in a number of drugs working together to suppress respiration, or they can be long term, as when these drugs combine to have a slowly-building toxic effect on the liver, kidneys, nervous or cardiovascular systems. Prescription drugs can be mixed with each other, with cannabis (marijuana) or alcohol. It’s very common for teens and young adults to mix the use of alcohol with the use of many other drugs. [Ref: http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/releases/20420-american-teens-are-less-likely-than-european-teens-to-use-cigarettes-and-alcohol-but-more-likely-to-use-illicit-drugs]

Minimizing Drug Use At Home Sets A Better Example For Teens

When a family doesn’t have to sit down and explain why it is all right for dad to take several prescriptions, but the teen must not, it is easier to create a convincing argument.  Avoiding prescriptions can be as easy as asking one’s doctor if there are other alternative to taking a pill he or she is prescribing. A lifestyle change, dietary change or other modification might eliminate the need for a particular drug, as long as the doctor approves it. In this situation, it becomes much easier to explain to a teen or young adult that they should not abuse a prescription pill at a party.

Narconon Objectives Are To Teach Teens That Drug Abuse Can Be Avoided

It’s a difficult world for a teen or young adult. Statistically, 18% of his friends will have abused an illicit drug (including misusing prescription drugs) in the last month. Sixteen percent of them will have abused an illicit drug other than marijuana in their lifetimes, drugs like heroin, cocaine, LSD or Ecstasy. Some of these youth find their way to a Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program and find sobriety as a result.

Narconon objectives are to help a person get completely sober as a result of going through the rehab program. The staff at a Narconon center does not believe that it is necessary to use maintenance drugs like methadone or buprenorphine. The Narconon objective is that each person there achieves a productive, enjoyable life after recovery from addiction.

Find out how the Narconon program can help someone you care about enjoy a sober life again. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.

Do You Ever Hear Your Child Talk About A Skittles Party

Most people know that Skittles are small hard candies that come in multiple colors and flavors. Oddly enough, Skittles have become associated with drug use by youth in not just one but actually several ways.

When youth gather together and pool a supply of prescription drugs, it’s said that they are all placed in a bowl that anyone can sample from. That’s called a Skittles Party. Those wanting to get high take out one or a few pills without regard for the type of drug they contain. They could be stimulants (uppers) like Adderall, Ritalin or Concerta. Or they could be benzodiazepines, anti-anxiety medication that make a person more relaxed, or opiate painkillers that create euphoria and sleepiness. There’s many types of prescription drugs that are being abused by youth.

Or Skittles could refer to the use of cough medications that are abused for their high. Cough suppressants with dextromethorphan are frequently drunk straight or mixed with other substances. Families may not suspect their children of abusing this drug and so may have these drugs in the home in the form of bottles of cough syrup left over from earlier illnesses. This is not commonly known as a Skittles Party but may be called Robo-Tripping (after Robitussin) or Skittling.

When a person ingests 100-200 milligrams of the drug itself, they feel mildly stimulated. When they have taken 200-400, the euphoria kicks in and the person may start hallucinating. Visual perceptions distort at 300-600 mg and they lose motor control like they are drunk. If a person gets to 500 or more mg, they are likely to experience dissociative sedation. They are going to be pretty out of it.

[References: http://www.waynesvilledailyguide.com/news/x1942569507/Youth-and-Drugs-Terms-parents-should-know, http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drugs_concern/dextro_m/dextro_m.htm]

But This Isn’t The Only Way Skittles Are Associated With Substance Abuse

Oddly enough, there’s more ways Skittles come up when you’re talking about substance abuse. It’s popular with some crowds to dissolve Skittles in pure vodka, sorting the colored candies by color and flavoring and coloring the vodka as desired. The vodka is both flavored and colored by the candies.

And last, when some people go to clubs and take pills with them, they may carry Skittles packages and hide their pills in them.

Certainly, it is odd to have a single type of candy so closely associated with drug and alcohol abuse.

Dextromethorphan And Prescription Drugs Are Addictive

One thing is fairly certain: Very few people who wind up addicted ever intended to become addicted when they started. Some people may start by selecting pills out of a bowl or ingesting a couple hundred milligrams of cough medication. When the abuse becomes a habit, then it may quickly develop into an addiction. At that point, the person loses his (or her) power of choice to a very great degree. The cravings and the damage a person has done to himself are enough for him to make the decision to continue to use these drugs over and over again.

Narconon Reviews Show That Families Report The Recovery Of A Loved One

Families who choose Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program find that this program agrees with their principles or values, or perhaps they have already been through several rehab experienced before and are looking for something effective and humane. In many cases, the family who sends one of their members to Narconon for rehab often says, at the end of the program, that they have their loved one back again. In other words, the emotional connection is there that was missing all those years that their son, daughter, spouse or other family member was using drugs.

Every graduate from a Narconon program is monitored for two full years after they leave the program. The important thing is that they stay sober after they go home. ThatÕs the true measure of the rehab program. Narconon reviews show that seven out of ten graduates stay sober for this two year monitoring and beyond.

To get Narconon reviews to read for yourself, call 1-800-775-8750 today.