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With all of the e-cigarette options available the industry is booming. Due to this many adults have cut back on smoking cigarettes, which is great. The downside to this boom is how it is affecting teenagers.
Vapes and e-cigarettes generally have a pleasant smell, have attractive flavors and are easily hidden. These make them easy targets for teenagers, especially during school hours.
They were first marketed in China around 2003 as a healthier alternative to smoking for adults. They have come to children in the US and are being used prior to a child ever having smoked cigarettes.
The use of nicotine in any form is dangerous and addictive. One doctor, Dr. Larry Polsky, has said that it is easier for him to help those suffering from heroin addiction than nicotine addiction. That shows the power of these e-cigarettes.
The fact that teenagers are using vapes for reasons other than smoking cessation is slowing progress that was gained by youth prevention programs against tobacco.
The number of cases where e-cigarettes have been found in high schools has been increasing in the last few years. At one school in Calvert, MD vape usage among students reached 157 incidences. This figure is three times as high as the previous year.
The police officer of the mentioned school, Huntingtown High, states that he sees almost one student a day regarding the use of an e-cigarette. This along with the CDC’s 2018 report that 1 in 20 middle school aged students and 1 in 5 high school aged students had e-cigarettes, raises major concern for those with teenagers.
It is unknown what long-term health benefits may be from vaping. It could be that in years down the road we discover another problem from the aerosols contained in the vape. One thing that’s for sure is the use of nicotine from vapes may be a gateway for teens, making them more likely to try other drugs such as alcohol or opioids.
One of the most common makers of e cigarettes used by teens is the JUUL made by Pax Labs. They are easily hidden, as they look like USB devices. Try sites like this to get a starting point for ending your use of vaping devices.
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The rising number of infant deaths due to drugs is an unfortunate statistic to hear about.
Another case of this negligence occurred last week when a family in New Zealand got high and left their 8-month-old alone in a car, on a hot day.
The child, Isaiah Neil, was under the care of his parents and grandparents. Police reports say that the caretakers, Donna Catherine Parangi, Lacey Te Whetu, and Shane Neil, left the child to get high on a synthetic marijuana substance.
The trial against Donna Parangi, the grandmother, started in March of this year. The trial has brought up controversial evidence as both parents admitted guilt, while the grandmother denies any wrongdoing.
The evidence in reports from police says they are not sure what the cause of death is. The family states that the baby was left inside a hot car while there also appears to be signs of abuse to the baby.
The two parents stated that after doing the synthetic drugs, they all went to sleep for a few hours, and found Isaiah in the car after they woke up. He was barely breathing they say.
Upon finding their baby son in the car after waking up, they thought he might still be alive. The couple states that they let their son continue sleeping inside his crib.
When the parents again woke up, their son was no longer breathing, and they called an ambulance. They said they did try to revive him by using cold water.
After going over the evidence one of the most shocking parts of the case is the incredible power drugs have over people. The father, Shane Neil, told the jury that after the incident occurred, he proceeded to get high again.
Synthetic drugs are taking over parents’ abilities to properly parent, causing a wake of saddening deaths to children. This news story is entirely true and occurs more often than you would think.
It is important to prevent addiction and addiction-related problems as soon as they are recognized. It is also important to know that there are solutions.
Many people think that treatment options are hard to find, and this is not entirely true. One source of information on recovery institutions is available here.
Don’t wait until it is too late to take action, you never know the impact of these deadly substances.
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How would you react if your child came to you with a suspicious bag of white powder?
This is what happened to a Connecticut mom recently this year. While at Subway in East Haven Connecticut, her 7-year old son came to her after playing with a baggie of white powder he found on the chip rack. The boy was unaware that the bag contained a deadly narcotic. He had played with the substance before showing it to his mother, which she turned in to the Subway manager.
The worker alerted police the next day about the finding. The police confiscated the powder and found it to be the extremely dangerous substances fentanyl and cocaine.
The man who dropped the bag, Henry Marreror Rodriquez, 47, was caught by surveillance footage inside of the East Haven Subway. The video shows Henry Marreror Rodriquez entering the sub shop half an hour prior to the discovery and leaving without it. The footage clearly shows the drugs falling out of Rodriquez’s pocket as he goes to grab his phone.
For unknown reasons, the arrest took over a year. This week bail for Rodriquez was set at 50,000. Henry Marreror Roqriquez was charged with endangering a minor along with possession of the illegal narcotics.
While this story seems like it may be a rare occurrence, we all know that drugs are everywhere these days. This story brings awareness to the idea that it is never too soon to start the conversation about the danger of drugs with your children.
If this were your child, would you use this incident as an educational experience or ignore it? Luckily this probably hasn’t happened to you, and you can start educating your child now.
For more information about how to start the conversation check out this informative guide about how to prevent drug use. It’s never too early to start educating your children or teenagers about the risks of deadly substances like Fentanyl.