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Three New Ways Kids Get “High”

Posted on 02. Apr, 2014 by in Alcohol & Drug Abuse

All teenagers yearn for independence; it is as natural a part of growing up as learning to walk and talk. Part of this yearning applies to their nearly-adult bodies, over which they are exerting new levels of control. And as if their burgeoning sexuality was not enough of a minefield on its own, society continues to generate strange and dangerous new drugs for them to experiment with. Here’s a look at some of the newest and most dangerous new ways kids get “high.”

Bath Salts

There are a number of different new designer drugs that fall under the moniker of “bath salts.” The drugs have been packaged and sold under the guise of regular bath salts, though chemically they are very different. The bath salt drugs consist of one or a combination of various synthetic cathinones, which have similar effects to cocaine and amphetamines. Bath salts are currently legal, sold freely on the web, in gas stations, and in specialty “head shops.” It can be snorted, smoked, swallowed, or injected. This is one of the most dangerous new ways kids get “high.”

Hand Sanitizer

Common, store-bought hand-sanitizing gel is an alcohol-based product. It typically contains around 60% ethyl alcohol, which can be diluted into a liquid that is 120 proof. This is dangerous, as young people consequently grow far too drunk, far too quickly. The trend started recently in California but poison centers nationwide report an increase in hospitalizations due to the phenomenon.

THC E-Cigarettes

Standard e-cigarettes function by creating a vapor from a nicotine-containing liquid inside a cartridge.  The same technology is now being used to consume marijuana. The active chemical in marijuana that intoxicates its users is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and there are now e-cigarettes made especially for the vaporization of cartridges containing THC instead of nicotine. It is odorless and is therefore one of the hardest to detect new ways kids get “high.” In fact it is legal in places where recreational marijuana has been legalized.

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