Side Effects of Inhalants Outweigh the Highs

June 18th, 2013

Teens and older adults are two age groups that are rapidly becoming addicted and even dying from the very drugs that are considered safe. At least five deadly drugs that everyone tells you are okay to take are profiled in the paragraph below. Each has the potential to cause physical harm, addiction and abuse. These five drugs may seem safe to take, info here, but are often fatal. For example, Hydrocodone/acetaminophen(Lortab) is widely prescribed among older adults for chronic pain, but has a potential for addiction and may cause liver damage. Ambien is a prescription sleep aid for insomnia. Tragically, when taken in combination with anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax, it has the potential to result in accidental death. Adderall, a D-amphetamine used to treat attention deficit disorder is highly addictive and causes loss of appetite. Teens are also using bath salts as a drug to get high. Sadly, there have been several fatalities due to the chemical ingredients. Lastly, the Spice Drug is being sold as an incense that mimics the effects of marijuana, but instead this so called safe drug causes hallucinations, nausea, and in one case edema of the brain. Because it is not regulated, the spice drug could contain unknown ingredients. Teachers and parents are becoming more aware of the dangers of so called safe drugs and are educating teens to say no thanks.More info here: Lopressor?

How Drugs Are Passed to Unborn Babies

April 14th, 2013

Caring for a baby starts from the time of conception and mothers need to understand the impact of drugs on the unborn baby. A baby is exposed to any nutrient, drug or substance that enters the body, so it is important to discuss medications or concerns about over-the-counter substances with a doctor before using it while pregnant.

Drugs pass to the unborn child through the placenta. The organ is responsible for passing nutrients to the child before birth and it will also pass on most drugs that a mother takes as well. Depending on the substance that is taken, the Read the rest of this entry »

Drugs in the World of Television

November 19th, 2012

Back when I was growing up, there used to be a ton of anti-drug commercials on television and it was the equivalent to career suicide to glorify them in any way when it came to a specific show or program.

My, how things have changed…

Sure, you might still see a few scattered PSAs about the harmful effects of drugs on a growing mind, but the Cable TV programs seem to have really pulled a 180. There are lots of different shows out there where drugs seem to factor heavily into the plot:

House
The show may have finished its run, but few can forget the titular character Gregory House and his addiction to vicodin. His addiction was so great that he would even write himself prescriptions.

Fringe
Nearing the end of its run, Fringe wasn’t shy about bringing drugs into the narrative. In fact, the use of psychedelics became a central plot point in the characters and their ability to see “other worlds.”

At the same time, though, while these shows seemed to glorify the use of drugs, they were not without clear consequences. In House, the main character’s vicodin addiction became so strong he couldn’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality and, in Fringe, one of the main characters slowly went insane from overuse.

The New Names Kids Use for Old Drugs

May 31st, 2012

  1. These terms are common among teens who use cocaine. “51″ refers to a mixture of cocaine and marijuana. “liquid lady” is a mix of cocaine and water that users snort as nasal spray. A mixture of crack cocaine and marijuana is sometimes called a “crack bash.”
  2. Newer words for marijuana include “Chicago green” and “haircut.” The act of smoking marijuana can also be called “blasting a roach” or “having a clam bake.” Marijuana-laced brownies are now sometimes called “Alice B. Toklas.” Some marijuana Read the rest of this entry »

Did You Know: Even Medical Drugs Can Kill

May 30th, 2012

As a nurse part of my responsibility is to educate people on medications prescribed by their doctor. With doctors being rushed in their office, trying to squeeze in as many people as possible, sometimes things get missed. Knowing what drugs you’re taking can make all the difference.

Some drugs that are very dangerous if you don’t understand how they work are insulin, Coumadin, blood pressure medications, and Tylenol. Most drugs carry numerous side effects but taking too much of some drugs can be fatal in a short period of time.Get more Read the rest of this entry »

How a Drug Separates a Family

May 29th, 2012

Nothing can tear a family apart the way that a drug can. The destruction starts out slowly for some people and for others there will be an immediate negative impact. One of the first ways that it will begin to seperate the family, is that the user will begin to withdrawl from the people closest to him or her. They will begin spending more time either by themselves or with other users. They will eventually avoid all contact with friends and family to spend more time Read the rest of this entry »

Essential Ways to Defend Against Peer Pressure

May 28th, 2012

Peer pressure can cause even the best children to make bad choices that they would not make on their own. However, there are a few things that parents can do to help children defend themselves against peer pressure. To begin with, it is essential that parents install a sense of self worth in children. If kids are not as worried about what people around them think, they are far less likely to fall prey to peer pressure.

Another important part of the keeping children from making bad decisions because “everyone is doing it” is to give kids a good Read the rest of this entry »

Five Deadly Drugs That Everyone Tells You Are Okay

May 25th, 2012

Teens and older adults are two age groups that are rapidly becoming addicted and even dying from the very drugs that are considered safe. At least five deadly drugs that everyone tells you are okay to take are profiled in the paragraph below. Each has the potential to cause physical harm, addiction and abuse.

These five drugs may seem safe to take, but are often fatal. For example, Hydrocodone/acetaminophen(Lortab) is widely prescribed among older adults for chronic pain, but has a potential for Read the rest of this entry »