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    Public Health Surveillance and Alcohol-Related Injuries

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    What do parents need to know?
    • Skittling, dexing and robotripping are just a few of the slang terms used by teens when they refer to cough medicine abuse.
    • Approximately 1 in 25 teens reports abusing excessive amounts of DXM to get high. One in 3 knows someone who has abused cough medicine to get high
    • When abused, DXM can cause side effects including vomiting, stomach pain, mild distortions of color and sound, hallucinations and loss of motor control.
    • Tips for Parents to learn about Over The Counter (OTC) medicine. Tips to make sure your child is safely getting the exact amount of medicine he or she needs. 
    Signs of potential DXM abuse

    So how would you know if your teen or any of her friends were abusing OTC medications containing DXM? StopMedicineAbuse.org shares these signs that a tween or teen may be abusing cough medicine.

    • Empty cough medicine bottles/boxes in the trash of your child’s room, backpack, or school locker
    • Loss of interest in hobbies or favorite activities
    • Changes in friends, physical appearance, sleeping, or eating patterns
    • Declining grades

    Talk to your teens about cough medicine abuse — it’s important.

    (excerpt found on oldtweener.com)


    E-Cigarette Poisoning in Children
    According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the number of cases managed by Poison Control Centers involving e-cigarettes containing nicotine rose dramatically from about 270 in 2011 to over 3,000 in 2014, so far. Over half of these calls involved children under age 5.  Nicotine can be poisonous and liquid nicotine (e-juice) refills may be harmful to children. Products come in bright colors, flavors and scents. A few drops of e-juice absorbed through the skin or swallowed can result in an ER visit and 1/3 oz. may be fatal to a child. Currently, there are no federal packaging requirements for e-cigarettes or the refills. 

    The research is in on the effects of "Bath Salts" and "Spice", read all about it in the article: The Year in Synthetic Drugs

    **Law protects underage individuals who call 911 because someone else needs medical attention** 

    SAMHSA's National Helpline (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations: Call 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) 
    121 Help Me > 24/7 youth helpline or call 1-855-201-2121

    Alcohol Addiction Center > Your comprehensive guide to getting help and understanding the disease.: Resources for Alcoholics and Problem Drinkers

    American Medicine Chest Challenge > provides a unified national, statewide, and local focus to the issue of medicine abuse by children and teens. 

    The Medicine Abuse Project > Provides comprehensive resources for parents and caregivers, law enforcement officials, health care providers, educators and others so that everyone can take a stand and help end medicine abuse
    NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education) Task Force >   combats the illegal use of prescription drugs and narcotics, as well as other abused substances.
    DrugFree.org > Find a wealth of information, tools and opportunities to help prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults.
    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) > Delivers science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body so that kids will be armed with better information to make healthy decisions.  Includes animated illustrations, quizzes, and games are used throughout the site to clarify concepts, test the visitor's knowledge, and make learning fun through interaction.
    RealParentsRealAnswers.com > Providing resources to meet their mission of working together to keep kids smoke free.
    Smokefree,gov > Provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) > Wide range of prevention and support resources to help reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

    Talk. They hear you. > SAMHSA's underage drinking prevention PSA campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early—as early as nine years old—about the dangers of alcohol.

     To Write Love on Her Arms > a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
    Above The Influence > Helps teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. The more aware teens are of the influences around them, the better prepared they will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs, pills, and alcohol.
    Shatterproof > Committed to providing accurate, evidence-based, up-to-date information to help people make informed decisions when it comes to prevention, treatment, and long-term recovery from addiction.
    The Cool Spot > The young teen's place for information on alcohol and resisting peer pressure. Resources, information, and support on alcohol use and abuse among teenagers.
    Ask Listen Learn > Provides youth ages 9-14 and their parents with information about the dangers of underage drinking. Play online educational games and download activities to learn more about the importance of making healthy choices.
    Al-Anon/ Alateen > Strength and Hope for friends and families of problem drinkers through support groups
    Nar-Anon > A worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction.
    The Hope Share > This campaign will let young people and the families of teens and young adults who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction know that they can share their story or show support for someone else’s story.
     Recovery Apps:

    The Mobile MORE (My Ongoing Recovery Experience) – Helps users work the 12 Steps while progressing through the three stages of recovery that make up a full year of recovery support. It offers an inspirational message each day and a 12-Step meeting locator, and allows the user to connect with others for support. The application also keeps track of days sober.

    Steps Away – This application allows users to locate a 12-Step meeting anywhere in the world.

    Friend of Bill – Keeps track of the user’s sobriety, along with one of the 350 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) slogans for motivation/inspiration.