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An Inside Look at Afghanistan’s Drug Addiction Problem

afghanistanThe country of Afghanistan is located in Central and South Asia, and has a population of 31 million, thus placing it 42nd amongst the world’s most populous countries. Land-wise, it ranks 41st largest in terms of size. It is a landlocked country, bordered on the South and East by Pakistan; on the West by Iran; Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to the North; and China to the far northeast. While Afghanistan has long been the world leader in opium production, it now also has the distinction of being one of the most drug-addicted societies in the world. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Help a Friend Recover from Addiction

recoverySocial media has become the new window into people’s lives. We can access our Facebook page, and immediately find out what is happening in the daily lives of family, friends and acquaintances; often replete with photos and the minutiae of daily tasks and events of life.

At the same time, we are a culture awash with Continue reading

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Addiction & Drug Use Prevention for Halloween

halloweenHalloween is a much loved holiday, with children, youth and even adults donning costumes and venturing out in the neighborhoods across America to trick-or-treat for candy and goodies; or to attend Halloween parties. Historically, Halloween was originally “All Hallows’ Evening”, the time of year dedicated to Continue reading

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What Are the Components of Effective Aftercare Following Addiction Treatment

personAftercare is a vital component of effective drug rehabilitation treatment, and is defined as the care of a patient who has been discharged from some type of health care facility.  Although the person may no longer need in-patient care, they may require a certain amount of care to complete their recovery.  In the case of drug rehab treatment and addiction recovery, aftercare is the providing of continuing care, support or services after the individual completes the main body of addiction treatment. Continue reading

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Molly Drug Has Doctors Concerned And Warning Parents Of Dangers

doctor warning“Molly” is not just a nice name for a girl these days; it is, in fact, also a new moniker for an old drug called ecstasy that has been refined and distributed in a purer form. “Molly” is very popular amongst youth these days, especially at dance parties and rave-type events, where the drug allows for energetic, all-night dancing and intense feelings of connection and love with fellow revelers.

But despite the euphoria and pleasant feelings that many have while using the drug, and despite the drugs popularization by rap artists and other musical luminaries, doctors are warning kids and their parents that the drug is very dangerous indeed.

What Is “Molly” Exactly?

Molly is basically the drug Ecstasy with a new name. Purportedly, Molly is a purer form of ecstasy. It is composed only of the psychoactive chemical in Ecstasy; MDMA. So basically “Molly” is MDMA in concentrated form. “Molly” is often distributed and used in pill form, and oftentimes the pills are decorated, engraved really, with little motifs like butterflies, question marks, and birds.

The drug may also come in a powder form that can be snorted or mixed in a drink of some sort and ingested orally. It is becoming more and more common for MDMA to be replaced by dealers with methamphetamine so that this purportedly “pure” drug is in fact something else altogether. “Molly” may cause intense feelings of euphoria, heightened awareness of the environment, and intense feelings of love and personal connection. Apparently, despite these enjoyable seeming effects, “Molly” has addictive qualities and users can easily become physically dependent on the drug.

Molly In Popular Culture

Kids these days may be talking about “Molly” as if she were an actual person; phrases like “Have you seen Molly?” are in fact code for determining if someone has taken MDMA recently.  In fact, so common is this manner of referring to the drug that parents should beware if they hear their kids referencing a new friend or acquaintance named “Molly” on the phone or even on Facebook. Referring to MDMA as “Molly” is something that has entered into the mainstream, especially in the music and entertainment industries. “Molly” has become a motif in many rap and hip-hop songs, and there is even a popular shirt with the question “Have you seen Molly?” emblazoned across the front.

At a recent concert, uber-diva Madonna asked the entire crowd how many had seen Molly that night.

“Molly” Has Doctors Worried

“Molly” is addictive, according to many doctors, who have found that the increased levels of serotonin that MDMA produces in a user are impossible to sustain and that once they go away, frequent users develop a craving for the drug and the associated elevated levels of serotonin. Often, frequent users of MDMA are prone to depression and anxiety as their bodies struggle to function without this very strong and dangerous drug.

According to doctors, MDMA is a sort of neurotoxin as well, and use of the drug may damage or otherwise injure brain cells. MDMA also may cause seizures, high fevers, and suicidal tendencies, and in cases of severe overdosing, death. Doctors acknowledge that it is very difficult for parents to stay up to date on all the new drug trends their children may be exposed to or taking part in, and that the best tactic for preventing drug use in the household is to maintain healthy communication channels with kids in an open and trusting atmosphere. Prevention is and has always been the best medicine.

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Smiles Is The New Designer Drug

As if bath salts, synthetic marijuana and prescription drugs weren’t enough—American communities across the country are reporting cases of a new drug cropping up and wreaking havoc amongst youth.

Because lack of proper education and preparedness has, in the past, been the cause for lack of appropriate and timely action on some of our most serious issues—we bring you a special report on the new designer drug, “Smiles.”

Smiles Is More Deadly Than Bath Salts

With a name like “Smiles,” it is obvious that drug manufacturers are looking to hit an even younger demographic than was previously targeted with bath salts and synthetic marijuana. The white powdery drug can be mixed with candy before consumption, produces a high both violent and unstable high, and is responsible for several reports of fatal overdose across the US.

The high is described by one anonymous online user as a, “roller coaster ride through hell.” According to a report out of North Dakota, a 17-year-old boy consumed Smiles and began smashing his head against the ground and acting as if he were “possessed” by shaking, foaming at the mouth and growling.

Apparently the drug’s effects can last for days, and contain both stimulant and psychedelic phenomena. The heavy risk of pairing up hallucinogenic drugs with stimulants is more dangerous than anything previously seen. However you look at it, the outcome is unpredictable and thus potentially fatal with each dose.

Other adverse effects and reactions to be aware of are:

-Extreme dehydration
-Anxiety/panic attacks
-Frightening hallucinations

“Smiles” Is Now Becoming A National Issue

Stories popping up from North Dakota, Utah, Virginia and other states all share the same thread—this new designer drug “Smiles” is highly dangerous and nothing like its name. The presentation, name and even the packaging of such synthetic drugs lend themselves to teens and young adults as something “fun” and “exciting” to try, when the dangers of such drugs really cannot be fully known.

The biggest and most daunting aspect of drugs like Smiles, K2, Spice, bath salts, etc., is that the chemical compounds used as ingredients are never consistent. This produces a Russian roulette-like phenomenon for drug abusers, and a deadly investigative case for concerned drug enforcement agents.

The manufacture and sale of such substances remains a difficult task. Hundreds of chemical compounds known to be used for the manufacture of synthetic drugs have been banned, but this merely pushes the drug producers to use other toxic ingredients. This means that the contents of drugs like Smiles are ever changing, unpredictable and potentially fatal with each use.

Ways To Keep Your Family Safe

It is important that you utilize the information you now have to make others aware. Education is our number one tool to keeping children and teens drug free. Parents who speak to their kids about drugs help the kids to be 40% less likely to use in the first place.

Sit down with your teens and give them the facts on Smiles and other drugs. Inform them about addiction and how this can affect one’s life. Let them know all of the problems that come with drug use and let them come to the conclusion to say “no” to drugs.

Teens can be very impressionable. When it comes to a new, easily obtained designer drug with a name like “Smiles”, it is important that you impart this information so the right choice can be made if/when a n opportunity to abuse the drug presents itself.

It could mean life or death. For more information contact Narconon centers in Hawaii.


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Synthetics, Methamphetamine and Prescription Drugs: The Triple Crown of Oklahoma’s Drug Threat

Narconon Arrowhead spokesperson defines the changing landscape of drug abuse in the state.

The days when the drug threats to Oklahomans consisted of marijuana, cocaine and heroin are long gone. The constantly changing scene of drug trafficking and abuse has thrust three more recently-arrived threats into the forefront of law enforcement and drug rehabilitation: Methamphetamine, prescription drugs and the new synthetics known as K2 or Spice and “bath salts.”

While all addictive drugs are dangerous, these newer arrivals bring unique threats that are primarily directed to those who may lack the experience to deal with them adequately – Oklahoma’s teens and young adults.

The Three New Threats

“The drugs that our mature adults are familiar with are not necessarily the problem anymore,” stated Derry Hallmark, Director of Admissions at Narconon Arrowhead, a premier non-profit drug rehabilitation center in Canadian, Oklahoma. “For that reason, we felt it best to compile some of the latest information on these drugs for parents and caretakers.”

Methamphetamine: Made of caustic, toxic chemicals that are prone to explosions while brewing during manufacturing. Because of new manufacturing methods, almost anyone can become a meth cook with just a two-liter bottle and a short list of chemicals available in local stores. Per a report in Tulsa World, in 2011, Oklahoma was in the top five states for meth lab seizures, and half of those seizures were in the Tulsa area. Meth is highly addictive and physically damaging.

Prescription drugs: According to Tulsa World, Oklahoma was number one in prescription drug abuse in 2011. Nearly a quarter million people in the state abused Vicodin, Lortab, Ritalin, Adderall, Xanax or similar drugs. All are addictive – opiates are very prone to cause overdose deaths.

Synthetics: The newest thing on the market, synthetics are being sold in convenience stores and head shops as bath salts, plant food or incense, but the substances are actually meant to be smoked, ingested or injected. The two main classes of synthetics are called Spice or K2 which is supposed to have an effect similar to marijuana but makes some people paranoid and violent, and “bath salts” which has triggered violent behavior and severe hallucinations in many.

These products could be given any of dozens different names, like Arctic Blast, Cloud 10, Ivory Wave, White Dove. But they are sending America’s young people to the hospital in increasing numbers. In Oklahoma, two people died in 2011 and two high school students were hospitalized in 2012 for problems they encountered after abusing synthetics. Oklahoma state laws were just enacted in May 2012 that permit charging a person with murder after they sell a synthetic that results in a person’s death. This cluster of drugs can cause violent behavior, hallucinations and paranoia and they are addictive.

Parents Advised to Talk With Children About All Of These Threats

“Studies have found that many parents talk to their children about drinking and some discuss marijuana, but most of the conversations stop there,” added Mr. Hallmark. “Parents should realize that they must talk to their children about all of the various types of drugs. A little study on the internet will make them well-informed enough to answer questions for their teens and young adult children.”

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, the agreement of both parents on the avoidance of marijuana or alcohol has a positive effect on whether or not that child uses those drugs. The same agreement can work with other drugs and in fact, is more important since there is less widely-known information available on these dangerous substances.

“At Narconon Arrowhead, we send out our drug educators into classrooms and corporations but there are many Oklahoma children we will not reach,” Mr. Hallmark concluded. “That’s why it’s essential that parents start a dialogue immediately with their children on drugs like synthetics, prescription drugs, and methamphetamine. That’s the best way they can protect their children’s futures and prevent addiction or other damage from occurring.”

For more information on Narconon Arrowhead drug rehabilitation or prevention programs, call 1-800-468-6933

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