Substance Abuse Experts Help Parents with Dialogue about Drugs
CHICAGO, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- As summer approaches and teens are out of school, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment reminds parents that a variety of drugs are readily available to teenagers if they want them, even legal "drugs." Controversial products called bath
Bath salts are a powder-like substance described as "fake cocaine" and it is snorted, injected and smoked. The substance most commonly added to the bath salt compound is the stimulant mephedrone (MDVP). Some abusers of bath salts describe the effects as similar to methamphetamine, ecstasy, and cocaine. To date, ten states have outlawed bath salts. While Illinois is moving to ban the product, parents should be aware that the products are still legal in Illinois.
To mellow out, teens can buy a brownie called Lazy Cakes. Loaded with more than chocolate—the active ingredient is melatonin. With four times the recommended adult dosage of melatonin, these brownies can cause respiratory depression and other serious health issues. Since Lazy Cakes are sold in the grocery aisle of stores, some buyers think they are purchasing a normal brownie, unaware of its side affects. Once eaten, a person feels lazy, sleepy and even sleeps for extended hours.
"Conversations are one of the most powerful tools parents can use to combat teen drug and alcohol use. But figuring out what to say can be a tough challenge," explains Dr. Brittany Ottino, Clinical Psychologist, Gateway Foundation. "Parents need to let their teens know substances like bath salts and Lazy Cakes are dangerous, even though they can be bought at a convenience store and are not yet considered illegal."
Tips for Engaging in Conversation
For more information about facts on teen substance abuse, a free parent toolkit 'What's A Parent To Do?' is available online at RecoverGateway.org/Toolkit. For a free and confidential substance abuse consultation, call Gateway at 877-321-RECOVER (877-321-7326).
About Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment
Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is Illinois' largest provider of substance abuse treatment, providing services for adolescents and adults at treatment centers throughout the state. As an organization, Gateway Foundation has treated over 425,000 people and currently helps more than 29,000 individuals a year reclaim productive healthy lives.
SOURCE Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment
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