Tennessee teen drug and alcohol abuse maintains dubious honor of in top 10 highest number of teen abusers for 7 years straight

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Drugs are a medicine or substance which have a physiological effect when swallowed or put in the body another way. When taken correctly, as prescribed by a doctor, can save lives.

Teen substance abuse is rising to alarming rates around the country, but particularly in the state of Tennessee. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists some disturbing statistics for Tennessee teens.” states the Drug Addiction Center for Tennessee Teens.

Tennessee has the dubious distinction of any people become addicted to drugs from their choice or just experimenting, drugs are a major part in America today.

There are several illegal and prescription drugs that are addictive and dangerous. Drug addiction is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the function of the brain.

Since these are the most addictive drugs we have asked a John Overton counselor, “Do you know of any drug programs for teens?” Nelson said, “Yes, if they get in trouble with drugs in school they go to something called First Time Offenders.” First Time Offenders is a Saturday class for kids that have got in trouble with drugs and it’s a way to avoid criminal prosecution. She continues saying, “A couple years ago if a student got in trouble with drugs it was an automatic expulsion, now they give them this choice for the first time. And if they’ve been through the program and get caught at school with drugs again they’re expelled.

Common substances that Teens Abuse

Marijuana THC Pixy Stix

Wizzie Stix

Marijuana is most often known as drug that is smoked, but many teens however, the rise in popularity to THC the drug found in marijuana, and its legalization in other states has brought about creative ways to ingest it, ways that make it difficult for adults to know that THC is being ingested right in front of the eyes of teachers and parents.

This powdered, edible sugar substance has a high THC content, can be discreetly consumed and the packaging can appeal to a younger audience.

Marijuana infused Pixy Stix™ are similar to the original candy product in size, packaging, and appearance. In Colorado, they were originally called Wizzie Stix, made by We Be Infused and are now called Stixx, made by At Home Baked.

Each stick contains 50mg THC and 25mg CBD, although an individual dose is listed at 10mg. They come in two different formulas: A.M. for Morning/Day use and P.M. for “relaxation and sleep aid.”

Consumption can be very discreet in that they easily fit into a pocket or purse. They are available throughout Colorado in various dispensaries and prices range from around $6 to $22 per stick. Also, a similar product is now available in some Washington dispensaries called Legit Sticks. the ease in which these can be transported has made them popular among teens in Tennessee

Heroine – a reassurance of a drug of the past

 

Heroin addicts are pulled in by the high feeling that is brought by heroin. After the heroin is injected or snorted it turns into morphine which attacks the brain.”Law enforcement officials in Tennessee are increasingly concerned about is heroin. The heroin influx has  deadly repercussions, because the drug is sometimes laced with an even more powerful and dangerous narcotic called fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used for severe pain, and is exponentially more potent than heroin. Pure fentanyl is so deadly it can prove fatal if simply absorbed through the skin. The effects of overdose can range from breathing problems to death. – See more at” Some effects are feeling flushed, dry mouth, and heavy feeling of the limbs. The addict starts to build up a tolerance for the drug and they start to use more doses very often to keep their high.

Cocaine: Snow, Flake, Dust

Cocaine – cocaine is usually smoked, snorted, or injected. The effects are: high energy, alertness and a high feeling, which is followed by depression, anxiety and paranoia. The effects can last for around two hours.

What are the effect of Cocaine on the body?

Physiological effects of cocaine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, dilated pupils, insomnia, and loss of appetite. The widespread abuse of highly pure street cocaine has led to many severe adverse health consequences such as:

➔ Cardiac arrhythmias, ischemic heart conditions, sudden cardiac arrest, convulsions, strokes, and death

In some users, the long-term use of inhaled cocaine has led to a unique respiratory syndrome, and chronic snorting of cocaine has led to the erosion of the upper nasal cavity.

 

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine – is highly addictive, which is made with very toxic chemicals and made in illegal meth labs. “It is estimated that there are about 800 methamphetamine labs operating at any given time in the Tennessee.

The consequence of meth use is devastating, causing irreversible and serious damage to the body, environmental damage from toxic chemicals, and thousands of dollars in lab clean-up costs. – See more at:https://www.tn.gov/tbi/topic/drugs#sthash.DCODfPn7.dpuf”

The effects are: high feeling, restlessness, insomnia, heart attack and stroke. Meth is so addictive because when the users come off their high it’s so intense that they keep using so they will never feel that feeling.

Common street names include:

➔ Batu, Bikers Coffee, Black Beauties, Chalk, Chicken Feed, Crank, Crystal, Glass, Go-Fast, Hiropon, Ice, Meth, Methlies Quick, Poor Man’s Cocaine, Shabu, Shards, Speed, Stove Top, Tina, Trash, Tweak, Uppers, Ventana, Vidrio, Yaba, and Yellow Bam

What does it look like?

Regular meth is a pill or powder. Crystal meth resembles glass fragments or shiny blue-white “rocks” of various sizes.

Prescriptions – prescriptions such as morphine, methadone, hydrocodone and oxycodone. The opioids gives you pleasure and it turns into a sense of feeling high. The over usage of these drugs begin to start and overwhelm the body then starts to think it needs the drug and that’s how addiction starts.

What is its effect on the mind?

Meth is a highly addictive drug with potent central nervous system (CNS) stimulant properties.

Those who smoke or inject it report a brief, intense sensation, or rush. Oral ingestion or snorting produces a long-lasting high instead of a rush, which reportedly can continue for as long as half a day. Both the rush and the high are believed to result from the release of very high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine into areas of the brain that regulate feelings of pleasure. Long-term meth use results in many damaging effects, including addiction.

Chronic meth abusers can exhibit violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, and psychotic features including paranoia, aggression, visual and auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, and delusions — such as the sensation of insects creeping on or under the skin

 

Alcohol – It is legal to drink alcohol in moderation, but for some people drinking alcohol is a daily necessity. Alcohol abuse can cause liver damage, harsh behavior, and domestic violence. It can also even cause depression. 

 

Need help understanding your addiction Treatment Options? Or want to go to rehab?   Call the Abuse Hotline at 1-877-937-0835.

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