Drugs/Alcohol

Drug Rules, For the Responsible Drug User

**We at HelpingTeens do not condone the usage of illegal drugs.  This article is not meant to support the usage of such substances but only to educate on such substances**

As a drug user, I wish to attempt to keep the drug community's image as pristine and immaculate as possible. To do so, I have collaborated a conation of rules that are easy to follow and adhere to. These are rules that any responsible drug user should be able to take notice of.

  • You will understand the effects of all recreational drugs that you choose to take prior to ingestion, to the absolute best of your ability. You will research all relevant neurochemical, psychological, physiological, and spiritual effects, the legal issues surrounding the drug and its use, and other such relevant information.
  • When taking a drug that you are inexperienced with, you shall begin with a reasonably low dose suggested to be psychoactive by the aforementioned research before progressing to higher dosages. You will measure the drug carefully, with an accurate scale, when possible and applicable.
  • If it is possible that the drug may contain harmful adulterants or in fact be a different drug altogether, you shall have the drug chemically analyzed for purity and content. If this is not possible, you will use caution and follow the apropriate course of action, if not refrain from taking the substance in entirety.
  • You will learn the overdose limits for my own body weight and adjust them for any possible synergistic effects due to diet, prescription or other drugs. You will also adjust for dangerous side effects and your own health conditions, if such conditions are applicable to the ingestion of a drug. You will also learn of any possible drug interactions and make sure that you are not at risk.
  • While under the effects of a drug, you will not take physical risks such as driving, climbing, swimming, or any other such physical activity in which your actions may cause harm to yourself or others.
  • When first using a drug that you are inexperienced with, you shall take it in the company of an experienced user, also known as a 'sitter'. The 'sitter' will remain sober during this experience, and will also have fully researched the drug. If this is not possible, you will make sure there is a responsible route or a backup plan to deal with any hap-hazards which may occur during your experience.
  • You will not attempt to sway, force, trick, or otherwise coerce another person or animal into taking any drug; instead, you will discuss previous drug experiences and research politely and honestly, allowing other people to make their own personal decisions about drug use. Do not offer people who are not drug users joints. Do not attempt to convince other people to adhere to your lifestyle.
  • You will defend the rights of others to make educated, responsible decisions about drug use. You will not support any person or movement that attempts to remove or abridge said rights.
  • You will not allow your drug use to overshadow or disrupt the other important aspects of your life: social interaction, employment, relationships, personal pursuits, etc.
  • You will also take some responsibility for the drug use of friends and relatives. If their drug use becomes dangerous to their health or personal relationships, you will try to intervene in a safe, calm, and logical manner to the best of you ability.
  • You will take drugs only in my free time, when you are not answerable to an employer or responsible for another person's health or well-being.
  • As a drug consumer, you will embrace responsible drug production and distribution methods, such as growing or manufacturing your own substances. You will shun suppliers who use violence when not necessary for their self-defense.
  • If you can not pronounce the chemical or the drug, you do not deserve to take it. Do you know what DMT stands for? Then don't do it.

"I Wish I Never Did That!" A Warning About Drinking.

One day my friends asked me if I wanted a beer and I accepted and that is were everything started to go wrong. One beer lead to another, I started skipping school, hanging out with friends and drinking a lot more. I was not spending time with my family, and I always was getting into trouble for something. I tried to stop but drinking was just addictive; I wanted some alcohol to drink every night. One day I started falling in love with this guy and for that point in my life, it was all wrong as we both liked drinking. Drinking became more of an obsession now. I tried very hard to stop. My parents knew something was wrong but they couldn't stop me and nobody else could either. My boyfriend knew how bad I was getting so he made me finally stop by giving me an ultimatum. Since I wanted to be with him so much, he knew that if he told me that if I didn't stop drinking, I wouldn't be able to see him. I gradually stopped drinking and now I am depressed because of my drinking habit, but my life is a lot better than it was when I was a drinker. There were things I thought that were so good for me but in reality they weren't. I stopped thinking for my self and let the alcohol think for me. Now I am back on track; I play sports, hang out with friends but I don't drink and I know that if I started to drink again I would become addicted again. I haven't had another drink since even though I wanted to.

I know that people like you like to drink and that you think that it makes life better, but in reality it doesn't. Soon your life will crumble and fall and there will be no way to get out!!! So please stop drinking.

FAQ's About Dextromethorphan (DXM).

As a parent, you do your best to teach your kids right from wrong and to keep them safe from harm. You already know about the dangers of illegal street drugs like marijuana or methamphetamine and you've probably talked with your kids about living a healthy, drug-free life. But did you know that some teens are abusing legal products, like cough medicine containing dextromethorphan, to get high?

Dextromethorphan-based cough medicine has increasingly become the drug of choice for many young people in recent years. The medicine is easy to obtain and, currently, very few people understand the dangers of dextromethorphan abuse. It is a common misconception that cough medicine is somehow safer than other drugs.

Education is an important step in the prevention of dextromethorphan abuse. Kids who say they learn a lot about the risks of drugs at home are up to 50 percent less likely to try drugs. This article offers answers to common questions about dextromethorphan. Parents are encouraged to not only share this information with their kids, but to use these frequently asked questions as a tool for creating a dialog on drug abuse.

What is cough medicine abuse?

Cough medicine abuse is taking extremely large doses of cough medicine to get high. The high is caused by ingesting a large amount of dextromethorphan, which is often abbreviated as DXM, a common ingredient found in many cough medications. This sort of abuse whether its called cough medicine abuse, or dextromethorphan or DXM abuse can be dangerous.

What is dextromethorphan?

Dextromethorphan is a safe and effective active ingredient found in many nonprescription cough syrups, tablets, and gel caps. When used according to medicine label directions, the ingredient dextromethorphan produces few side effects and has a long history of safety. When abused in large amounts, it can produce a high feeling as well as a number of dangerous side effects.

What are the effects of cough medicine abuse?

The effects of the abuse of cough medicines containing dextromethorphan vary with the amount taken. Common effects include confusion, dizziness, double or blurred vision, slurred speech, loss of physical coordination, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, rapid heart beat, drowsiness, numbness of the fingers and toes, and disorientation. Dextromethorphan abusers describe different plateaus ranging from mild distortions of color and sound to visual hallucinations, out-of-body dissociative sensations, and loss of motor control.

Side effects can be worsened if the dextromethorphan-containing cough medication being abused also contains other ingredients to treat more than just coughs, such as acetaminophen. Cough medicine also is sometimes abused in combination with other medications, alcohol, and illegal drugs, which can increase the dangerous side effects.

Could a person die from taking cough medicine?

At high enough doses, dextromethorphan alone can suppress the central nervous system. If that happens, your brain can stop telling your lungs to breathe. Some drugs that people take to get the dextromethorphan high also include other ingredients which can interact in your body and have dangerous consequences. And remember, extremely high doses of dextromethorphan can induce a hallucinatory state which can lead to "accidents" that result in death.

What cough medicines contain dextromethorphan, or DXM?

There are well over 100 over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that contain dextromethorphan, either as the only active ingredient or in combination with other active ingredients. Some examples include Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine, Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold, Dayquil LiquiCaps, Dimetapp DM, Robitussin cough products, Sudafed cough products, Triaminic cough syrups, Tylenol Cold products, Vicks 44 Cough Relief products, and Vicks Nyquil LiquiCaps. There also are a number of store brands that contain dextromethorphan.

To know if a product contains DXM, look for dextromethorphan in the active ingredient section of the OTC Drug Facts label.

What are slang terms for dextromethorphan?

Slang terms for dextromethorphan vary by product and region. Adults should be familiar with the most common terms, which include Dex, DXM, Robo, Skittles, Syrup, Triple-C, and Tussin. Terms for using dextromethorphan to get high include: Robo-ing, Robo-tripping, and Skittling, among others.

How common is cough medicine abuse?

Recent research indicates that the abuse of dextromethorphan-based cough medicine is a greater problem than previously thought. The research show that one out of 10 teens, or over 2.4 million teens, from across the country and of all backgrounds, has abused cough medicine to get high. Often, these teens are finding information about cough medicine abuse on the Internet.

Where are teens finding information about cough medicine abuse?

There is little in current teen culture music, movies, fashion, and entertainment that promotes or even mentions cough medicine abuse. The one exception is the Internet.

A number of disreputable websites promote the abuse of cough medicines containing dextromethorphan. The information on these sites includes recommendations on how much to take, suggestions for other drugs to combine with dextromethorphan, instructions on how to extract dextromethorphan from cough medicines, and promote drug abuse in general.

How can Parents Help?

Parents should be aware of what their teen is doing on the Internet, the websites he or she visits, and the amount of time he or she is logged on.

Research shows that parents do influence their teens decisions about whether to take drugs or not. In order to talk credibly and effectively about the dangers of dextromethorphan, you'll need to know what those dangers are. Remember that the best defense is truly a good offense by educating yourself, safeguarding your medications and communicating with your teens, you can protect your family and help prevent dextromethorphan abuse.

"How Drugs Impact Your Life" - A Short Story.

I was married and divorced by the time I turned 19. My life seemed like a big joke to me, and things kept getting worse by the day.

I moved to a different town with a guy I had started dating and thought I could start a new life and forget my past, but I never learned to cope with my problems before I took another big step. I started using every drug imaginable because I thought they would help me forget about my problems. But, as I now have learned, the drugs only ended up making things even more difficult. I fought with my boyfriend constantly and my family disowned me. I eventually lost everything of any value to me. I hit rock bottom before I ever realized that my problems were only getting deeper every time I took drugs.

It was a difficult task to stop, but I did. I broke up with that guy and my family let me back into their lives. I now have a great job and a family that loves me and will always be there for we when I am down... And there is NO drug in the entire world that could ever make me forget that.

"Growing Up" - a dedication to my younger brother when he was going through a tough time with drugs.

When we were young, I was bigger than you. When we got older, you got bigger than me. I remember a time when you would come to me to solve your problems. Now, you are dealing with your biggest one yet and all you do is isolate yourself from the only one who actually believes that you can turn your life around and change. I remember a time when, if you were hurting, I could step in as your big sister and help the hurt go away. Now you, my big, little brother, are nowhere to be seen and you are in a world of hurt and despair. You don't know how to deal with it and you don't seem to remember that I was not too long ago, where you are right now. I got myself through my tough times when no one else would. You think that no one helped me? That it is a pile of crap? I can tell you that it isn't the case. You think that no one can help you? I can say from experience that this is just an excuse. As much as you want to believe that you can do this on your own, I think that you can't and are just too afraid to let anyone in. Well, I'm begging you as your older sister. I know you need and want help and your next step is to admit to me and to everyone else who loves and cares about you that you do. Admitting to yourself and to one friend is not enough; you need to ask for help. Hope just isn't enough anymore. It's good that you and I still have that but, it isn't enough. I only wish that we hadn't drifted so far apart. I only wish that you had stopped the first time. I only wish that you could come to me, your sister, for help. I only wish that I can keep the hope from disappearing in a torrent of self-loathing that I can't even begin to describe. I know that you're hurting and you're doing what you do because it hurts. I know just how hard it is to stop and I know that I can only hope that we can put our differences aside long enough so that I can help you out. You are all grown up now and there is nothing I can do. We don't even operate on the same wavelength anymore. I don't know what to do but try and be there for you and hope for the best. That is what big sisters are for, right?