Is Your Teenager Using Meth?

Methamphetamine has been around for a while. It’s an extremely addictive drug known as speed, crank, glass, ice, or crystal, despite the fact that it never physically looks like the latter three terms. In fact, you never really know what can be in meth — there is the pseudoephedrine that is always present but it can contain random household chemicals (i.e. drain cleaner, battery acid, lye, lantern fuel, and antifreeze), dirt, and even animal feces.  Continue reading “Is Your Teenager Using Meth?” »

First National Meth Awareness Week in Progress

 What: The first national Meth Awareness Week

When: November 30 through December 7

Why: To combat the use and abuse of methamphetamine

Who: The observance is put together by the Meth Project, a prevention program of The Partnership at Drugfree.org

We are in the midst of the first observance of National Meth Awareness Week. The week is dedicated to combating the use and abuse of methamphetamine in young adults and adults.

People in all sectors of our society are affected by meth use.

The drug is not limited to one age group, socioeconomic status or gender.

The U.S. Department of Justice states that meth is a challenge for our nation, noting that education is a vital part of prevention. People that understand just how destructive the drug is are less likely to use it.

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Education and Prevention

You might be wondering how education can prevent meth use, especially in teens. Research backs up the use of education to prevent meth use. Real projects provide even more support.

The research-based program implemented in Montana proved effective. Teen meth use has dropped 63 percent. Meth-related crime is 62 percent less common than before the education program began. Those statistics are encouraging.

The program is being implemented in other states now. We’re eager to keep following the efforts to educate and prevent meth use. Every step toward prevention is worthwhile.

A Case for Drug Testing

Anyone else catch CNN’s news feed last week on Twitter? A Florida elementary school principal was busted for drug use. And we’re not talking about having a little weed in his car. After he provided an undercover agent with drugs, authorities later busted him for meth and marijuana, among other drugs and paraphernalia.

Read CNN’s full report of the elementary school teacher busted for drugs

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Drugs in the Schools

The report does say the educator was arrested at his home, and not the school. Whew, at least that’s one positive that comes out of this story. However it opens up a concerning window into the drug use of our country. No industry (even education) is free from drug use. And those who are overseeing our children and teens are not exempt. As a parent, my concern is the example set by this principal. A teen standing by might wonder, “If drugs were OK for him, maybe they’re OK for me.” It’s definitely worth a conversation with your teen to discuss the principal’s poor choices AND the consequences he is facing because of them.

Drug Testing for Teens & Adults

Upon hearing this story, it made me feel many things but one of the strongest is the need for drug testing. I don’t know if the other teachers in the building suspected this principal’s drug use, however a routine drug test at the beginning of each school year should have brought his addiction to light. It might have seemed more affordable to only test employees upon hire, however this story makes the case for routine drug testing, even for teachers.

An unlikely individual was caught with drugs. Few would have guessed an elementary school principal would be involved in meth and marijuana. However what happened here isn’t uncommon – especially among parents and teens. Many parents have no idea their teens are involved in marijuana, synthetic drugs and more. It may not take a sting operation to “bust” your teenager, however take a lesson from Florida authorities and teachers – and don’t always assume nothing is going on.

If you suspect your teen is using drugs, send him or her for a drug test.

If you’re in Kansas City, visit our walk-in ARCpoint Labs.

METH – What All Parents Should Know

Thanks to the up-and-down weather of Kansas City this year, sinus congestion is all the rage. And so what did I do the other day when I felt sinus pressure coming on? I hit my local pharmacy to buy an over-the-counter drug that would make me feel better in no time. However, I was taken aback that I had to visit the pharmacy counter to even get the drug, and then once I got it, I had to show my driver’s license and then sign a statement that I wouldn’t use the drug for purposes other than feeling better. And that’s when I started to realize the huge problem we have on our hands.

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Meth is easily made and considered "safer" than cocaine by many teens.

Teens Making Drugs from Over-The-Counter Drugs

Meth isn’t really anything new. It’s a very addictive drug also known as speed, chalk or crystal that has taken the country by storm. Some have even said that more are using meth than marijuana these days. And from the statistics of reported meth lab seizures, it looks like that could at least be true for the state of Missouri.

Meth is a drug that affects the central nervous system. It’s been prescribed in small doses to those with ADHD and narcolepsy. However, many have taken production out of pharmaceutical hands and into foreign and domestic “super labs” … or the basement …  which is creating the wide-spread meth problem we have now.

Meth is one of the easiest drugs to produce at home, and there are literally thousands of recipes out there for production. That’s why when you buy Sudafed or Mucinex D for example, you’ve got to show your ID. The active ingredient pseudoephedrine that’s in many in over-the-counters is one of the main ingredients “meth heads” need.

The Effects of Meth

Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected and taken in pill form. Teens may use meth for a variety of reasons. Meth is said to give you a sense of control and relief. Some experience better performance in school and higher energy levels … at least initially. Others, especially teens, use it as a weight loss aid. Meth is perceived to be “better” and “safer” than the hard-hitting cocaine.

With prolonged use, several serious health concerns arise. Heart problems, brain damage and vital liver, kidney and other organ damage can occur – just for starters. Not to mention “meth mouth” – where frequent meth users lose their teeth and suffer from oral disease and decay. The drug that seems harmless and makes you feel invisible can soon take a turn and have very damaging effects.

Get Drug Tested for Meth

Meth is nothing to mess around with. It’s highly prevalent in the Midwest area, and especially near Kansas City. Rural towns also have high incidence of meth users and production labs. If you suspect your teen may be using meth, make sure to have him or her drug tested today. It’s the first step in assessing the situation and identifying if you have a teen drug problem on your hands.

Learn More about Meth:

FAQ about Meth

Info about Methamphetamine

Meth Lab Incidents in Missouri