Drug Use

Drug problems in the USA have reached epidemic proportions over the past 20 years.  Not only do Drugs effect you physically, but they drain your soul, dumb down your spirit, and can trigger depression problems up to and including the act of suicide.  Those that use might say that is exactly the effect they are looking for.  “My life sucks!”  “I hate my life!”  “I just wish everyone would go away!”  “Why am I even alive, everyone hates me!”  These are all things that may go through the mind of someone just before they become a user. 

Drugs work a lot like Satan.  Satan likes to lure his prey by the promise of something that is really an illusion.  Satan says- “Stealing that necklace is ok, they don’t even really need it.”  In reality, stealing is a sin that carries consequences of guilt, fear, growing greed for other people’s things, and even problems with the law-consequences of which Satan fails to emphasize.  Satan encourages “Having sex with my boyfriend will make him happy, and if he is happy, I’ll be happy and everything will be great.”  In reality, the consequences of pre-marital sex (pregnancy, STD’s, emotional dependence, insecurity, feeling cheap, the devastating reality that sex does not equal love)- Satan fails to mention.  With Drugs, it is no different.  Drugs promise the user that their pain, their problems, concerns, sadness will all be washed away with a puff.  In reality drugs provide temporary numbing of the pain you are feeling, and in the end only make your pain and problems worse than they were before.  This horrible deception can result in addiction and even death.   

What does God’s word say?

Don’t you know that you body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God.  You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you at a high price.  So you must honor God with your body. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Whatever you eat, drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the Glory of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31

They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves to sin and corruption.  For you are a slave to whatever controls you. ~ 2 Peter 2:19

Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced. – Words of Jesus ~ Matthew 7:20

FRUITS PRODUCED BY DRUGS:

-Lying/Deception

-Stealing

-Dishonoring your Parents

-Idolatry

-Disease

-Strained relationship with God

-The “I don’t care” attitude

-Mental, Physical, and Psychological Damage to the body

Quote: Drugs are a waste of time.  They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self esteem. ~ Kurt Cobain (Lead Singer for Nirvana- committed suicide) 

Drugs Facts

-In one research study, approximately 1 in 5 people between the ages of 16 – 59 said they had taken some form of illegal drug. 

-People ages 18 – 21 were most likely to admit having taken drugs with almost half (46%) claiming to have taken them.

-Marijuana is the most commonly used drug, experienced by 12% of all participants, and 24% of those ages 18-25. (1 in 4)

-Death rate extrapolations for drug addiction in the US: 19,102/year; 1,591/,month; 367/week; 52/day; 2/hour

-In 2001, an estimated 15.9 Million Americans ages 12 or older were current illicit drug users, meaning they had used an illicit drug during the month prior to the survey interview.  This represents 7.1% of the population age 12 years old or older (Almost 1 in 10 Americans)

If you or someone you know is in need of drug rehabilitation or professional help, please contact the following resources immediately:

Denver CARES Detox Teen Residential Treatment Center- 303-436-3500

Fire Mountain Teen Interventoin and Sober Living Home- 303-443-3343

Addiction No More Colorado- 800-513-5423

Drug Rehab Services- 800-513-5423

Inspirations- Drug & Alcohol Rehab for Teens of Colorado- 888-757-6237

Intervention America- Denver Resources on Recovery

Drugs We Will Cover:

Club Drugs (Ecstasy, Rohypnol, GHB, Ketamine), Marijuana, Cocaine/Crack, Crystal Methamphetamine, Hallucinogens (LSD, PCP, Shrooms, DMT, AMT, Foxy, DXM), Heroin, Inhalants, Prescription Drugs

CLUB DRUGS

MDMA/Ecstasy– Psychoactive drug similar to methamphetamine; this is a hallucinogen and causes hallucination.

Rohypnol/GHB– Tasteless, odorless drug, that can be ground into powder and placed in an alcoholic drink without detection.  It sedates and intoxicates its victims.  Also called the Date Rape Drug- Used in sexual assults.

Ketamine– Also known as animal tranquilizer.  This drug puts the user in a dream-like state, and can be ingested, consumed in drinks or injected.   

Note: All of these are available in Pill, Liquid, or Powder form.

Club Drugs Health Effects

Ecstasy/MDMA– Loss of Body Temperature Regulation, Hyperthermia, Liver Failure, Kidney Failure, Heart Failure, Death, Confusion, Depression, Sleep Problems, Drug Craving, Severe Anxiety, Problems occur during, as well as days and weeks after drug use

Rohypnol, GHB & Ketamine– Muscle Relaxation, Sedative Effect, Hypnotic Effect, Loss of Muscle Control, Loss of Consciousness, Partial Amnesia, When combined with Alcohol, all effects are aggravated.

NOTE: In 2004, Club Drugs were responsible for 11,661 Emergency Room Visits Nationwide.  Club Drugs are responsible for over 60 deaths per year.

Club Drugs Street Names

GHB – Goop, Grievous bodily harm, Max, or Soap, Liquid Ecstasy, G, Scoop, Nitro

Ketamine – Cat valium, K, Jet, or Super acid, Special K, Super K, Vitamin K, Keets,

MDMA/Ecstasy – Disco biscuit, Hug drug, Go, XTC, X, M, E, Beans, Clarity, Adam, Lover’s Speed

Rohypnol – Forget me drug, Mexican Valium, Roaches, Roofies, Circles, La Rocha, Roche, R2, Rope, Rophies

Other Club Drug Names – Blue Nitro, GH Revitalizer, Gamma G, Weight Belt Cleaner, Serenity, Thunder Nectar, Revitalize Plus

MARIJUANA

-Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant.  The main active chemical in this drug is THC.  This is a mind-altering (psychoactive) drug.  it is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint), or in a pipe or bong.  Marijuana also appears in “Blunts”, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with the drug, sometimes in combination with another drug, such as crack or PCP.  It can be mixed into foods or used to brew tea.  Marijuana is THE MOST COMMONLY USED ILLICIT DRUG- BEWARE.  An estimated 97.8 Million Americans age 12 or older have tried Marijuana at least once, representing 39.8% of the total US Population in that age group.  (4 out of every 10). 

Marijuana- Health Effects

-Frequent Respiratory Infections, Impaired Memory, Impaired Learning, Increased Heart Rate, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Addictive, Reports of Physical Dependence, When mixed with other Drugs- Death

Marijuana- Street Names

-Homegrown – Marijuana, Hydro – Marijuana grown in water (hydroponic), Indo – Marijuana term in N CA, Mary Jane – Marijuana, Shake – Marijuana, Sinsemilla – Potent Marijuana, Kind Bud – High Quality Marijuana

Marijuana Use in Past Year among Youths Aged 12 to 17

Marijuana Use in Past Year among Persons Aged 18 to 25

Perceptions of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month, Persons Aged 12 or Older

Cocaine

COCAINE/CRACK

Cocaine is the most potent stimulant of natural origin.  This substance can be snorted, smoked, or injected.  Crack is cocaine that has been processed from cocaine hydrochloride to free base for smoking.  Crack is cocaine that has been processed with ammonia, or baking soda and water.  it is then heated to remove the hydrochloride producing a form of cocaine that can be smoked.  

Cocaine/Crack Health Effects

-Constricted Blood Vessels, Increased Temperature, Increased Heart Rate, Increased Blood Pressure, Restlessness, Irritability, Anxiety, Respiratory Problems, Severe Chest Pains, Lung Trauma, Bleeding, Powerfully Addictive, Mixed with Alcohol can lead to sudden death, Most related deaths are from Cardiac Arrest

Crack

Cocaine/Crack Street Names

-Blow – Cocaine, Horn – To inhale cocaine, Nose Candy – Cocaine, Snowball – Cocaine & Heroin, Bingers – Crack Addicts, Oolies – Marijuana laced with crack, Tornado – Crack, Wicky Stick – PCP, Marijuana & Crack mix

Special Note: According to the 2006 National Survey of Drug Use & Health, approximately 35.3 Million Americans age 12 or older had tried cocaine at least once in their lifetimes, representing 14.3% of the population aged 12 and older.  (That is 1.5 of every 10 people)

Cocaine Use in Past Year among Persons Aged 12 or Older

METHAMPHETAMINE

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive Central Nervous System stimulant that can be injected, snorted, smoked, or ingested orally.  Users feel a short yet intense “Rush” when the drug is initially administered.  Immediate efects include increased activity and decreased appetite.  Most of these drugs are produced and distributed in black market laboratories. 

Methamphetamine Health Effects

-Addiction, Anxiety, Insomnia, Mood Disturbances, Violent Behavior, Paranoia, Hallucinations, Delusions, Sensation of bugs crawling under skin can last for months or years after use has ceased, Death

Methamphetamine Street Names

-Bikers Coffee, Chalk, Chicken Feed, Crank, Crystal Meth, Glass, Go-Fast, Ice, Methlies Quick, Poor Man’s, Cocaine, Shabu , Speed, Stove Top, Trash, Yellow Bam

HALLUCINOGENS

These substances are characterized by their ability to cause changes in a person’s perception of reality.  Users often report seeing images, hearing sounds, and feeling sensations that seem real but don’t exist.  In the past, plants and fungi were the core hallucinogenic substances abused, but now they are produced sythetically to provide higher potency. 

Hallucenogen Types

LSD– Major drug, Pills, Paper, Gel, & Liquid- Ingested

PCP– Can be smoked, snorted, or ingested- is laced into Marijuana often

Psilocybin– Certain types of Mushrooms

Mescaline– From certain type of cactus

DMT– Ingested by Snorting, smoking, or injection, Used in conjunction w/ other drugs.

Foxy– Powder, capsule, or tablet ingested orally.  Vary in color and logos

Dextromethorphan (DXM)– In over the counter cold medicine- Similar effect of PCP at high doses

Hallucenogen Health Effects

-Elevated Heart Rate, Increased Blood Pressure, Dilated Pupils, Loss of Appetite, Sleeplessness, Dry Mouth, Tremors, Long Term Changes in Perception, Long Term Changes in Thought, and Mood, Highly Addictive, Psychological Dependence, Cravings, Drug Seeking Behaviors

Hallucenogens Street Names

-Acid – LSD, Blotter – LSD, Dots – LSD, Mellow Yellow – LSD, Shrooms – Psilocybin, Widow pane – LSD, Zoom – PCP, Angel Dust – PCP, Boat – PCP, Magic Mushrooms – Psilocybin, Musk – Psilocybin, Tic Tac – PCP

HEROIN

Heroin is a highly addictive drug and is the most widely abused of the opiates.  Pure heroin (white powder with bitter taste) is rarely sold on the street.  Most heroin varies in color from white to dark brown.  It can be injected, smoked, or snorted.  There is also “Black Tar” a form of heroin that looks like sticky roof tar.  This is primarily available in the southern USA. 

Heroin Health Effects

-Addiction, Withdrawal within hours of use, Drug Craving, Restlessness, Muscle & Bone Pain, Vomiting, Collapsed Veins, Infection of the heart lining and valves, Abscesses, Liver Disease, HIV, Pulmonary Complications, Pneumonia, Death

Heroin Street Names

-A-Bomb – Marijuana mixed w/ Heroin, Big H – Heroin, Dragon Rock – Heroin mixed w/ Cocaine, Hell Dust – Heroin, Nose Drops – Liquefied Heroin, Smack – Heroin

INHALANTS

These are volatile substances that produce chemical vapors that can be inhaled to induce a psychoactive, or mind-altering effect.  Inhalants include a broad range of chemicals found in hundreds of different products.  The four general categories of Inhalants are Volatile Solvents, Aerosols, Gases, or Nitrites. 

Inhalants Health Effects

-Intoxication, Drowsiness, Disinhibition , Lightheadedness, Agitation, Loss of Sensation, Loss of Consciousness, Irregular Heart Beat, Rapid Heart Rhythms, Heart Failure, Death within minutes of use, Significant/Irreversible Damage to Heart, Lungs, Liver & Kidneys

Inhalants Street Names

-Air Blast – Inhalants, Buzz Bomb – Nitrous Oxide, Glading – Using Inhalants, Huffer – Inhalants Abuser, Bagging – Using Inhalants, Climax – Isobutyl Nitrate, Gluey – Sniffing or inhaling Glue, Poor Man’s Pot – Inhalants, Whip-its – Inhalants (Whip Cream)

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

These are Legal drugs when prescribed by a Medical Doctor.  They fall into 3 categories:  Opioids, or Pain Relievers; Central Nervous System Depressants – Used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders; and Stimulants – Used to treat narcolepsy, ADHD, or obesity.  These are taken orally.  Prescriptoin Drugs account for the 2nd most commonly abused category of drugs, behind Marijuana, and ahead of Cocaine, Heroin, Meth, and others. 

Prescription Drugs Health Effects- Vary Depending on Drug Taken

Opioids/Pain Relievers – Can slow or stop breathing, leading to death

Depressants – Seizure, respiratory depression, decreased heart rate

Stimulants – High body temperature, irregular heart rate, heart failure or seizure, and death.

Note: ALL PRESCRIPTION DRUGS CAN BE VERY ADDICTIVE

Prescription Drugs Street Names

-80 – OxyContin pill, Doctor Shopping – Going from Dr to Dr to fraudulently obtain prescriptions, Murder 8 – Fentanyl , Pharming – Consuming a mixture of prescription substances, Ritz and Ts – Combination of Ritalin and, Talwin injected.

Nonmedical Use of Pain Relievers in Past Year among Persons Aged 12 or Older

What do you do when in the presence of Drugs or Drug Use?

-Flee- Leave immediately and get away from the drugs or drug use. 

-Guilty by Association- If you are caught in the company of drugs or drug use, even if you aren’t partaking you will be held accountable, and will reap the legal consequences as if you had partaken.

-Saying No isn’t good enough

-Never allow drugs or paraphernalia in your car.  Even if it isn’t yours, you will be charged with possession of drugs should it be discovered by a police officer.   

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