I am surprised that so many people were shocked about this at our school. I have been giving a Street Drug Lecture to area EMS personal and have changed it up and presented it at the Tomahawk Mill during there safety training last year. As I have stated to them there are more drugs in Tomahawk then the local police even know about. One of the problems that we as medical professional have is that we can not give that information to the police when we come in contact with a patient in the ambulance or the ER because it then violates there patient privacy rights. So there drug habits continue. What most parents don't know or refuse to believe is that there child has already tried some sort of drug use. Most think in comes in pill form. It does not!!!
Remember when you were younger and may have sniffed model glue, markers, white out, nail polish remover. Now kids are getting high from breathing in fecal matter and urine that is fermented in a bottle in the sun. It creates a gas and is then inhaled to get high. This is called "Jenkem". What can you as a parent do to prevent this from happening is get active in your child’s life. Do you smoke or drink around them. Do you know that most kids start with smoking cigarettes then beer? Soon they need something more so they turn to hard liquor then pot, huffing, meth, coke, crack. So soon they are invited to a pharm party. Pharm party? Yes a party where your kids either steal from you. They take your Rx of pills from blood pressure medication to narcotics for pain. They put them all into a bowl and pass it around. Deadly combination can and have happened. There are drugs that your kids are taking that are being made in the trunk of a car or in a motel bath tub. There are drugs that your kids are taking that the first time they take it make them feel all euphoric and loving and want to dance all night long, but the next time they take it there temperature starts to rise to a lethal level of 108 degrees. We can not stop it. You son or daughter is now an organ donor. Get involved in you kids lives. Look around there room. If you don’t know what you’re looking for ask someone who does. Remember when you may have hidden stuff from your parents. Maybe hollowed out a book with a razor knife. They now make those commercially. They make them look just like the products that can hold, potato chips, soda, tire repair, rocks, CD cases, books, Stuffed animals, lip stick, etc. Get involved in your child’s business.
Steve Taskay EMT-P