A positive approach to teen health

Written by Donna Golob. Posted in Featured, Health & Wellness

Published on November 12, 2014 with No Comments

A warning for parents about a drug cocktail growing in popularity among teens:  it’s called a “Dirty Sprite” or Lean”-among other names.

Teenagers are now experimenting with a drug cocktail that is made by mixing Sprite, candy (Jolly Ranchers) and prescription medications including things like cough syrup with codeine or crushed pain killer pills.

In the teen population, this dangerous new mixture goes by names like Dirty Sprite, Lean, Purple Drank and Sizzurp.  And because the concoction, which has been popularized in music, includes prescription medication, it can be addictive and deadly.

Behavioral specialist say about a third of kids screened have already tried possible poisonous mix.  Medical professionals warn that the side effects of drinking this cocktail include hallucinations, rage, psychosis, and even death.

Because teenagers are developmentally at a place where they feel invincible and invulnerable, they are especially prone to try drugs, thinking nothing can happen to them.

The key is for parents to get on their kids level.  Do some research about these trends and talk to them.  Step in before someone else does.  They are going to find out what this is and they are going to hear about it from their friends…Just as much as they hear about the latest movies.

As you have heard from us over and over again, (Substance Abuse Council) to prevent kids from accessing them.

The following information is provided by the Porter County Substance Abuse Council:

Signs your teen is using drugs or alcohol:

  • Beware of older friend and associates
  • Pay attention to lack of emotion and a consistently negative attitude
  • Pay attention to how cash is spent
  • Keep track of mileage on vehicle
  • Drastic change in style , such as clothing and music
  • Missing spoons, torn up soda cans, little Ziploc bags, small pieces of foil
  • Avoidance of conversation, claiming to be misunderstood
  • Long sleeves or inappropriate clothing for the weather
  • Sleeping more/or less than usual
  • Always having somewhere to be, persistent telephone calls, anxious to leave any family event, constantly being preoccupied
  • Upset stomach, nausea
  • Bad acne outbreaks, UTIs due to toxins
  • Consistently missing school on Monday, never Friday
  • Females not menstruating regularly
  • Valuable personal items come up missing or borrowed
  • Always scratching; dry red nose and face
  • Check cars, bedrooms, closets, trunks and stereos for or at their workplace on a regular basis.  If you don’t talk to them about drugs…SOMEONE ELSE WILL.
  • Between 3-6 p.m. is statistically the most dangerous times for drug use among teens.
  • Know your child’s friends first and last names.
  • Give your child a reason/excuse to say no  -my parents drug test, my mom would kill me if I use, the care will be taken away, etc.
  • Keep track of prescription medication.
  • Don’t believe the statement “they’re not my drugs, I’m keeping fem for a friend.”
  • Enforcing rules NOW will help your kids life in the future
  • Goods kids make bad decisions.

For more information, contact the Porter County Substance Abuse Council, 254 S. Morgan, Valparaiso, 46383; phone 219-462-0946; fax 219-465-3856

A Positive Approach to Teen Health offers “RED ALERTS” to parents, guardians, teachers and other youth service providers on a regular basis.  To sign up for our email alerts, visit www.postivieteenhealth.org and click the “sign up for info” button.



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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Donna Golob is the executive director for A Positive Approach to Teen Health (PATH). For more information, visit www.pathblazer.org.

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