Parents: When it comes to getting high, teens usually look for quick, inexpensive ways to do it. According to ABC News, the cheapest and easiest things to use are often at home. You may not even know it – but these things can kill them. So, here are four ways your kid might be getting high under your own roof:
- First, “Robo tripping,” where teens drink cough syrup like Robitussin to get high. Cough syrup is safe in recommended doses, but chugging a bottle can cause hallucinations, high blood pressure, increased heart rate and raised body temperature. Robo tripping can also cause loss of motor control, coma, and even death.
- Another way kids get high under your roof: “huffing.” That's where teens inhale products like paint thinner, nail polish remover, or compressed air used for cleaning computers. Huffing can be deadly the very first time a teen does it, because once the vapors are inhaled, they get into the bloodstream, overload a teen’s organs, and can shut down their body. It’s what doctors refer to as “Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome.”
- Then, there’s “pharming.” It’s basically a raid on your medicine cabinet. Experts say that teens now abuse prescription drugs more than illegal street drugs.
- One final way teens get high at home: Choking. Some kids choke each other – some kids do it on their own using a belt. The basic premise is to cut off blood flow to the brain – which causes a lightheaded feeling, the kid may even pass out – and then get a rush when the blood returns. The sensation can be addicting – but it can also cause brain damage or kill. There’s a website devoted to these topics called “Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play” – you can find it at GASPInfo.com – and it says up to a thousand kids die each year choking themselves. So if you see ropes or scarves in your kid’s room – marks on their neck – those are signs.
In all of these cases, don’t wait for the signs. Talk to your kids about all of this and how dangerous it is. Kids whose parents talk to them about these issues are less likely to have problems to begin with. If you want more information, go here: TimeToTalk.org.