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Salvia: The legal drug you've never heard of. What is Salvia? The drug is produced from a Mexican plant used by Mazatec Indians for healing and ritual prophecy. Typically smoked or chewed, Salvia divinorum has become increasingly popular on the Internet over the past few years through sales on eBay and through YouTube videos of users “tripping” with it.

How does it affect the user? Although it has been compared to marijuana it is much more powerful. Salvia is a hallucinogen that gives users an out-of-body sense of traveling through time and space or merging with inanimate objects. Unlike hallucinogens like LSD or PCP, salvia's effects last for a shorter time, generally up to an hour.

Why is Salvia popular with teens? Salvia's short-lasting effects and the fact that it is currently legal and easily accessible may make it seem more appealing to teens.

How long will salvia stay legal?

The Parent Source is composed by: Upside Down Ministries www.ud4christ.com Teen Culture Specialist Robert Smith P O Box 232 Lawton, Ok 73502 robert@ud4christ.com

This is the first really new Illicit drug in a long time

A Delaware woman, Kathy Chidester, is pushing to outlaw salvia nationwide after her 17-year-old son Brett Chidester committed suicide two years ago – a death that a medical examiner ruled stemmed, in part, from the teen's use of the drug. Chidester said her son, a straight-A student, denied her appeals to stop smoking salvia, which he purchased from a Web site. "He said, 'Mom, it's legal,"' Chidester recalled. "He said, 'If there was something really, really wrong with it, it would not be legal.”

Salvia is being targeted by lawmakers concerned that the inexpensive and easyto-obtain plant could become the next marijuana. Eight states have already placed restrictions on salvia, and 16 others, are considering a ban.

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Be carefu l in your h if you have thes e items om e: • Any If your teenager decides to experiment with drugs, their m edicati ons first high may not come from illicit drugs, such as cocaine, • dextromethorphanthat contain: (DXM) Any left over pre methamphetamine, or marijuana. It may be something scription (Should completely unexpected; the white out on your desk, or the • shoe be thrown away) s. polish paint thinner in your utility closet. Another easy access freshene , glue, aerosol a ir rs polish, p , hair sprays, na drug could come from your medicine cabinet. il aint solv ents, degreasers Using household products with strong fumes, teen’s , gasolin e, lighter fluids, etc . can inhale fumes, or “huff”, to get a “high”. Teens who

abuse common household products often look and act as if they are intoxicated from drinking alcohol. Many teens and young adults also abuse left over prescriptions or over the counter medications such as cough syrup or cold medication. By taking more than the recommended dose, the teen can also get a cheap thrill. Easy access to these chemicals and medicines makes them a popular alternative to harder drugs for teens. Household product abuse is just as dangerous as illegal drug use and can result in hospitalization or even death. www.teendrugabuse.us

is the most popular and accessible drug for teens. What is it?

How is it used?

Marijuana, also known as weed, is the most often commonly used illegal drug in this country, and is a product of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The main active chemical in marijuana is THC. Of the roughly 400 chemicals found in the cannabis plant, THC affects the brain the most.

Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette called a "joint". It can be smoked in a water pipe, called a "bong", or mixed into food or brewed as tea. It has also appeared in cigars called "blunts".

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more relaxed and less inhibited time seems to pass more slowly keener senses- sharpened hearing/vision trouble thinking clearly, remembering things that just happened, and doing some tasks (e.g., homework) want to eat a lot (get “the munchies”) a sore throat and lungs feel sleepy as the drug wears off hallucinate a dry mouth and/or red eyes.

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Is it addictive?

Marijuana is addictive, as it meets the criteria for substance dependence established by the American Psychiatric Association.

What can happen long term?

Regular marijuana use has been shown to be associated with longterm problems, including poor academic performance, memory loss and lung cancer. To a developing brain, like those of teenagers, marijuana can be especially toxic -- using pot can lead to panic attacks, depression and other mental health problems. 2


What you need to know about Meth. Meth is a drug that can be manufactured by using products com− mercially available anywhere in the United States. In fact all ingredients necessary to make this drug are household products easily accessible at most supermarkets. Countless recipes on how to make this danger− ous drug are available online. Methamphetamine's high lasts from 6 to 12 hours, and 50 percent of the drug is removed from the body in 12 hours. Compared to Cocaine where the high lasts from 20 to 30 minutes, and 50 per− cent of the drug is removed from the body in 1 hour.

Crystal meth is able to produce artificial feelings of pleasure but when it wears off it leaves a person with the opposite feelings. Now, a chemical imbalance has

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taken place and the result is irritability that physically demands more of the drug to go back to feeling normal or good again. Meth is considered one of the

most addictive street drugs around. I am so scared. My Information gathered from: www.stoptheaddiction.com, http://www.kci.org/meth_info/faq_meth.htm daughter is in the beginning of her second year at college. This summer she drank an entire bottle of Robitussin, passed out and had to be taken to the emergency room. School has been in session three weeks and she VH1’s new show Celebrity Rehab is a perhas already been to the emergency room fect excuse to bring up the topic of drugs again. She is going to start counseling at the University twice a week, but they only with your teen. The show realistically offer twelve sessions. We are then planning on shows the negative affects drugs have on having her undergo counseling off campus. I am a person’s life. Many of the patients feel worried that she uses DXM because she is under the empty and are trying to fill that void with impression that it is less harmful than other drugs. substance abuse. Should we have insisted that she return home? Should we not pay for school? Or, do you think it is possible for her to get help while still in school? Please help. -Worried Parent

A. This is a very serious situation. First of all your daughter needs to see a psychiatrist or psychologist with experience treating young people with drug abuse and addiction. Unless you have an accurate diagnosis you cannot expect to be able to successfully apply the appropriate treatment because you literally you don’t know what you are treating. Your daughter is at least abusing dangerous substances. It sounds like there may be a mood disorder as well. Whether or not she can be treated without leaving school depends upon the final diagnostic impressions. It sounds to me like she would be best served by taking some time off school and having a thorough assessment in a drug treatment center. -Dr. Drew www.checkyourself.com 3


I grew up just outside of Salt Lake City with my parents and younger sister in a typical, middle-class suburb. I had friends, but by high school they were few. I didn't play sports, I wasn't a cheerleader or a dancer or even a thug. I was just me – and often that left me feeling very alone. I didn't feel like I fit in anywhere.

Everything changed during the summer when I was 17. The people I knew started going to raves. I distanced myself from that scene because I thought it was weird. Slowly, though, my perception changed. The more people I knew who went to raves the more I believed it couldn’t be that bad. That October I decided to go to a party where I knew people would be doing drugs. Everyone seemed to know each other. I have to admit, I was jealous. I felt like an outsider.

Halfway through the night I met a really awesome guy. After talking for a while he offered me Ecstasy. I decided to try it. As I swallowed the pill I thought, there’s no way this could be bad. A half an hour went by and I began to question its power. But then it hit me like a tidal wave. It was incredible: My senses magnified, the lights became more vivid, the music sounded more beautiful, and my new acquaintances felt like best friends. I didn't even know half of their names and yet I felt I loved them. I loved everything that night. So, it was no wonder why I wanted to feel that way again soon. Before long I started popping Ecstasy every other Saturday Night.

The only time I felt happy anymore was when I was on Ecstasy. Only the drug was never as good as the time before. Now it seemed that even Ecstasy couldn't numb the pain. So, I began to move on to other drugs -- cocaine, ketamine and mushrooms. Despite this, I didn’t think I had a problem because I was still working and going to school. Because of the choices I made I wasn't able to graduate with my class, but did return the following summer to get my GED.

For the rest of my life I’ll be in recovery -- because just one slip can blow everything. The most important thing for me to remember is that despite the mistakes I’ve made, I am still a good person and have much to give. I stay clean because I wake up every day and promise myself that I won’t do drugs that day. Imagining not doing drugs ever again sounds too overwhelming, so I take it a day at a time.

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Thatyour teenmightbe usingdrugs…   1. Mood Swings 2. New Friends 3. Bad Grades eping patterns 4. Change in appetite or sle 5. Attitude change eech, or a need for money without 6. Red eyes, slurred sp explanation. s could be Many of these symptom s” however blamed on “growing paines ve oceveral of these chang are ha if s A ve curred don’t be a naive p mnt. i a n  e be b ay  t Don’ new drug or alcohol habittance abuse the problem. If not subsng with your teen may be deali e the red ention. Don’t ignor something that needs your att flags!

Some common reasons te ens choose to experiment w ith drugs: • Forget about problems/escape reality • Attempting to make normal tasks more fun • Curiosity • Being uninfor med • Be accepted as part of a group The youth of to

day abuse potentially toxic substances beca use they like how it makes them feel. It may produce a feeling of eu phoria.

52.8% of gradua ting high school seniors have used ill icit drugs. www.teend rugabuse.us

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Parent advice/resources Marijuana– also known as: Aunt Mary, Boom, Bud, Chronic, Ganja, Gangster, Grass, Hash, Herb, Kif, Mary Jane, Pot, Reefer, Sinsemilla, Skunk, Trees, Weed. Whippits– Small metallic containers of nitrous oxcide (laughing gas) intended for use in cans of spray whipped cream. The user cracks the can open and releases the gas into a balloon, then inhales the contents for a short term high. DXM or dextromethorphan– An ingredient in cold medicine. If more than recommended is taken it causes a high. Also known as: Robo, Skittles, Triple C’s, Dex, Vitamin D, and Tussin. Huffing– inhaling strong, toxic fumes in order to receive a high. This is usually done by soaking towels in household products and pressing them to the nose and mouth. Bagging– pouring chemicals into a plastic or paper bag and inhaling at the opening. Salvia– Also known as: Sally D, Magic mint, Lady Salvia Agonies– Withdrawal symptoms. Chalked up– Under the influence of cocaine. Piggybacking– Simultaneous injecting of two different drugs. Pharm Parties– A party where teen’s combine powerful prescription drugs into a container. Each teen takes a handful of the “trail mix” for a high.

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Be informed about drugs: To be generally knowledgeable on popular drugs go to... www.checkyourself.com www.teendrugabuse.us ASK- www.adolescent-substance-abuse.com For more information and help on meth addiction go to…. www.stoptheaddiction.com http://www.kci.org/meth_info/faq_meth.htm Office of national drug control policy: www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/index.htm For tips for talking to your teen and to purchase a home drug test... www.drugtestyourteen.com Books: Books on drug use and addiction Addict in the family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery by Beveryly Conyers Loving the addict, Hating the addiction: For Christian families coping with drug addiction. By Kecia C. Sims Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again by Drew Pinsky Professional Help: Finding a good drug rehab center near you www.drug-rehabs.com or call 866-762-3712 To ask a professional your questions on a live chat find a rehab clinic closest to you... www.recoveryconnection.org or call 1-800-99detox

Scripture Verses: 70%ofallprime-timeprogrammingdepicted John 10:10 James 1:14-15 alcohol,tobacco,orillicitdruguse.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17  1 Corinthians 10:13 • 63%ofrapsongsmakereferencestoillicit 1 Corinthians 10:21-22 drugs 1 Corinthians 6:12-17, 19-20  • OfGraduatinghighschoolseniors43%admit Galatians 5:16-24 tosmokingmarijuana,5.3%todoingcrack6.2% 1 Peter 4:7 8:6 usedHallucinogensinthepast12months Romans Romans 12:2

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Parent Discussion questions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Has drug use affected your teen or your family in any way? Why do you think drugs are so appealing to teens? How can you be sure your teen is not experimenting with drugs or tempted to do so? What do you feel the media tells our teens about drug use? What cultural examples can you think of to use as a discussion starter concerning drugs with your teen? 6. How can you instill the truth about drug use in your teen? 7. What signs have you seen in your teen that may point to drugs or another personal problem they may be having?

*Reminder* In a future edition of The Parent Source we would like to address questions or issues you are dealing with involving teens. Each family and church have a different set of teens with their own troubles, fears, and drama. We would love to be able to talk about the topics that most affect you and answer any questions we might have answers to. Our goal is to help you as you influence this generation. Please email us at Robert@ud4christ.com.

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