Dangerous Teen Fads Every Parent Should Know About

Posted by Drug Free Homes in Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse Prevention, Drug Addiction on July 13th, 2012

It’s hard to raise kids nowadays. Drugs and alcohol temptation lurks even in what is deemed the safest neighborhood in town. What’s more, peer pressure has gone a notch higher and becomes too much to handle for many average teenagers. Experts have constantly reminded parents that one of the most effective ways to prevent drug and alcohol addiction is early intervention. However, in order for you to properly educate your kids about the dangers of substance abuse, you must at least have a good idea about the dangerous fads that are luring teenagers in this generation.

Teens Drinking Hand Sanitizer

In the April edition of Los Angeles Times, a feature reports six teenagers in two San Fernando Valley emergency rooms in the last few months with alcohol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer. Doctors said that hand sanitizers are the latest over-the-counter products that teenagers looking for a cheap high have adapted. Teenagers drinking hand sanitizers are using salt to separate the alcohol from the mixture, resulting to a potent drink that is similar to a shot of hard liquor. Medical experts advise parents to buy the foam version (rather than the gel type) because it’s harder to extract alcohol content and monitor hand sanitizer at home like any other liquor or medicine.

Purple Drank

This recreational leaning drink is a lethal concoction of Sprite, Jolly Ranchers, and codeine cough syrup that has become popular in the Southern United States rap community. When taken in large quantities can lead to sedation and altered levels of consciousness. Other names for Purple Drank are sizzurp, lean, syrup, drank, purple jelly, and Texas tea.

Synthetic Marijuana

They are originally marketed as herbal incense and are sold in head shops, tobacco shops, online and offline retail outlets, and at gas stations. They come in a variety of street names, such as K2, Spice, Pep Spice, Spice Silver, and Spice Gold. Synthetic marijuana is a concoction of herbs and spices that are sprayed with a synthetic compound that mimics the effects of THC. Many states in the United States have already enforced synthetic marijuana ban due to the increasing reports about teenagers and adults who have been abusing them in the recent years.