Originally Posted: Aug 26, 2010
An everyday student, well adapted with what appears to be a fair support group of friends along with loving family, and his parents have no idea he is going to school every day and to parties at night stoned on prescription and over the counter drugs they probably found in their medicine cabinet. One study found a 26 percent rise in teenage abuse of Oxycontin since 2002 and shows no sign of slowing down. In adults it has shown the propensity to spread in unexpected and otherwise calm areas where other drug use is not as prevalent. Other studies indicate teens and adults are finding new ways to get the drugs by faking symptoms or even buying online with no prescription from questionable sources; to say the least.
Percocets, Oxycontin, Xanax, Vicodin, Ritalin, & Adderall, are just some of the drugs being abused as early as the age of 13 with no thought of possible future consequences to their physical and psychological well being. With drug abuse and addiction on the rise beginning at such an early age with the influences and stimuli provided by the media, pharmaceutical abuse is running rampant among young patients. Common trends show that sedatives, hypnotics, hydrocodone, Vicodins, Loracets and particularly Xanax. Teens will amble about with dirty clothes, acne and dark circles under their eyes. While adults remain functional for years and have their behavior associated to social drinking.
There is no shortage of ways that teens get their prescription drugs, raiding home medicine cabinets, calling in a parent’s prescription, forging signatures or surfing the Net. For adults a simple visit to a doctor with complaints of pain, sleep or stress will quickly provide them with a legal prescription to assist in feeding their addiction.
In reality though, most schools in America provide drugs of every kind, down every hallway and corridor. Metal detectors and drug dogs won’t stop them either; today’s youth associates itself with an Urban Outlaw mentality of self destruction where it’s so easy to justify the acquisition and use of any drug to the extent of perversity. Theirs is the culture of anything goes.
At so-called ‘Pharm parties’ teens drop their pills into a bowl, then pass the bowl around for the partygoers to ‘drop’ a dose. During these events if someone has a ‘bad trip’ on any of the drugs, their removal or immediate disposal to a hospital where no idea of what drug was taken can be provided. With these parties also come the obvious dangers of being abused sexually during a blackout or even death due to a sudden change in metabolism. Too many young men and women beginning in their teens and onto their college years awaken bruised, sexually abused and with little or no memory of the occurrence.
Over the Counter, and Into Your Living Room
With many traditional methods gone the obstacles to acquiring prescription medication are low and there are easier to obtain over-the-counter drugs available on any drug store shelf. Cough or Cold Syrups and tablets provide the easiest and most troublesome route to addiction because once gone they are easily replaced in any medicine cabinet or flu kit. Most importantly it can travel anywhere inconspicuously.
The appeal of over the counter and prescription drugs in teens and adults obviously involves the euphoria all addicts seek, but the added stimulus of hallucinations and muscular detachment due to sedation. ‘Skittles’ is one of the popular street terms used when describing pill form usage in cold medicines, while ‘Robo’-tripping is just one of the terms used for syrup forms. Users typically spin a bottle of Robitussin on a string, simulating a centrifuge and are thus able to extract the drugs that give the medicine its potency by forcing them to rise to the top of the bottle. When drinking, users will typically be taking a highly concentrated dosage of the bottle of syrupy cold medicine.
Despite years using an array of drugs and medical history of abuse, many doctors do not see the signs of addiction to certain medication and continue prescribing them without fail. The final method of detection is most commonly the ‘crash’ an addict will suffer throughout their addiction. Sooner or later the body will remind the brain that sleep, hygiene, proper food and general abstinence is needed. The only way the body and the brain can or will communicate is cause and effect; the body rebels against the brain’s activity, in the case of ‘crashing’ it can be anything from sleeping for days and finally feeling rested and recouped enough to begin feeding the addiction again to basic overdose and possible death.
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