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GHB and Meth: More Accessible, More Dangerous

A story in the Kansas City Star this past weekend highlights the growing threat of GHB to young people. GHB, long characterized as a date-rape drug, is growing in popularity with young people and athletes. Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), is a central nervous system depressant, that when taken in small doses can produce a high akin to drinking five beers very quickly with a trace of PCP.

Kansas law enforcement recently raided a loft and found a GHB manufacturing operation, leading them to believe that the drug is much more pervasive than originally thought.

This news comes right on the heels of a warning s about a new form of methamphetamine production that has been dubbed “shake-and-bake meth.” The new method is much easier than traditional meth production and only requires a soda bottle, a handful of cold pills, and a few other chemicals. It’s much easier to hide and cheaper to produce.

Some information for parents:
GHB is a clear, odorless liquid. When stored in a plastic bottle in a freezer, the liquid will not freeze. Users tend to experience heightened anxiety, mood swings, severe headaches, and insomnia.

Meth is usually in a clear rock form, but can be in powder of liquid form as well. Users tend to experience increased violent behavior, irritability, nervousness, and insomnia.


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August 25, 2009 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

Police Warn About ‘Shake and Bake’ Meth

Police in West Virginia are warning law enforcement about a new way of manufacturing meth that is easier and is harder to detect. The new method has been dubbed “shake and bake” meth, and can be made with ordinary, over-the-counter products and can be mixed in a two-liter soda bottle. The new form of meth manufacturing requires less space and less equipment and does not give off as much of a smell, making it harder to detect.

The method has spread across Arkansas and is making it’s way into other states.


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August 12, 2009 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Illegal Drugs Disguised as Cartoon Character Vitamins and Candy

Law enforcement officials in Kansas City, Las Vegas, and Utah have recently intercepted large shipments of Ecstasy and other illegal drugs shaped as Snoopy, Homer Simpson, Transformers, Ninja Turtles, Smurfs, and President Obama’s head. The pills are also brightly colored and look like children’s vitamins or candy.

From a marketing perspective the drug dealers are trying to make their product appear harmless and fun; however, if a child were to accidentally mistake these dangerous drugs for candy, they could experience a spiked heart rate, seizures, and even death.

Although cartoon character shaped drugs are not a new phenomenon, as parents it is important to remember to talk to your children, not only about drugs, but about the ways that drugs could be packaged. Make sure that they know the difference between the way medications look and the way candy looks. As well, make sure they know they should never eat any candy that they find laying around, any candy that is given to them by a stranger, or any candy that was not given to them by someone they trust.


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July 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm 1 comment

Legal Hallucinogens Pose a Growing Threat to Young People

Unfortunately, current drug laws do not cover all harmful substances. There are still many hallucinogenic drugs that are perfectly legal to buy, sell, and grow in your own backyard. And access is as simple as doing a search on eBay. Drugs like Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds, moonflowers, and salvia divinorum give the user a quick hallucinogen high that is cheaper than buying marijuana and has the added benefit of being legal.

The homegrown hallucinogenic are growing popular among teens and college-age students due to a prevalence of YouTube videos and blogs featuring accounts of drug trips and instructions on obtaining and cultivating the drugs.

But just because they are legal does not mean they are safe. Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds are know to cause acute psychosis and intensify suicidal thoughts.  The drug is also thought to be a factor in the suicide of a 22-year-old Michigan man.

Some state legislators are attempting to criminalize these drugs and ban them altogether, but progress has been slow.

It is important to know that even if these drugs are legal and can be bought in local headshops, they are not safe to use. Not only can a user injure him or herself during a hallucinogenic trip, but use of harmful substances like alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs by teens has shown to be an indicator for drug abuse and addiction later in life.


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