Drugs have been around for ages, we all know that. There used to be a time when drug use was more obvious. Who wouldn’t see the clouds of thick marijuana smoke escaping your teenage son’s bedroom? Or the telltale tracks of shooting up whatever they could get their hands on? And the obvious inebriation of the teenage alcohol ingestion. Those were the good old days, when parents saw the signs and got help for their kids quickly.
Those days are long gone. Today, kids have found more ways than ever to sneak a buzz and get downright wasted right in front of their parent’s eyes. Yeah, right in front of your eyes. Parents today need to be diligent in paying attention to what their kids do and say; much more than our own parents had to be. Heroin use was rare when we were teens, but now it’s an epidemic.
The only way that parents can help their kids is to know what’s going on. That’s why we’re here. Consider this a resource and a help for parents to know what to look for when it comes to their kids sneaking drugs and a buzz. Be aware of the newest trends in teens getting sky high before anyone even knows it.
- Gummy bears. Yes, you read it right. The good old, fun time candy bears that were so popular they even had a cartoon named after them. These little fruity treats are sold everywhere and kids have found a way to take their innocent nature and turn it into a buzz by soaking them in alcohol. As the day goes on, popping a loaded-gummy will keep the buzz from dying down.
- Tampons. Yes, teenage girls – and boys – are taking things to a new level by soaking tampons in booze and then inserting them. The alcohol gets absorbed into the body super-quick through the mucus membranes and into the bloodstream.
- Apples. Hollowing out an apple to fill with cinnamon and sugar is a thing of the past. Teens are now filling the inside with pot and smoking it. A healthy looking fruit becomes a danger.
- Vapes. As e-cigarettes have gained in popularity to help those who wish to quit smoking, creative people and teens have found a better use for them when it comes to getting high. People are now vaping drugs in these devices. It looks as harmless as an e-cig, but it can be deadly when the wrong drug is inhaled.
You need to know what your kids are doing. It’s not being overprotective, it’s being a parent. Reality Check Program is here to provide help for parents to know what to look for, and know how to handle what they find. Let us help you to keep your kids from falling into the newest drug and alcohol traps.