Just what parents don't want to hear...more ways for kids to get high!
Reprinted from the NBC-11 (San Jose, CA tv station) website:
Kids Find New Ways To Get High
Over-The-Counter Medicine Is Convenient Source
POSTED: 5:20 pm PST February 16, 2005
UPDATED: 2:49 pm PST February 17, 2005
SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Undercover agents with the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force don't want to reveal their identity, but they don't mind showing off the different types of drugs they have found at Bay Area schools.
And they say today's kids are constantly finding new ways to get high.
Cough medicine, for instance, has become a popular item with teens, especially NyQuil and Cloricidin Cough and Cold -- also known as "triple-C" or "red devils," NBC11's Ben Mohr reported.
These items contain a drug called DMS or Dextromethorphane, which taken in large amounts can cause a person to hallucinate.
Kids can find these items at any drug store.
"Your kids and my kids can buy it if they have the money, and a lot of stores are realizing those products are being shoplifted," the drug agent said.
Some body sprays have also become a cheap way to get high.
"They spray inside their elbow and put it up to their face," he said.
The drug agent actually learned about the technique from his son, who saw kids getting high at school.
Even household items can be tempting to teens.
Super glue remover may not look like much, but in the wrong hands it can become a potent drug.
Drug agents say the biggest problem their seeing at school is with methamphetamine. It's almost as popular as marijuana, but parents know very little about the drug or the warning signs.
Teenage girls use meth to lose weight. They drink it with juice or milk in morning to suppress their appetite. They then go on a strange junk food diet.
"The traditional thing that they force feed themselves is a Nestle Crunch Bar and Coca Cola, which gives the body what it needs to get thru the day," the agent said.
Investigators say if a kid is using drugs, most likely they are hiding something in a stash can, like a fake water bottle.
They make stash cans in all shapes and sizes, from a compact disc case to a soda can.
The drug agents say each day they are seeing new ways teens are taking and hiding their drugs.
So parents have to get as much information as they can from the people who know what is going on at school, Mohr reported.