Understand All the Drugs Your Kids are Using: New Trends in Teen Substance Abuse
Featured expert: Lynn Riemer
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The “glamorizing” of drugs is promoted all over the internet and in today’s music. The types of drugs out on the street continue to change and are easy to obtain. The majority of teens, college students, and young adults using drugs are not drug addicts: they are simply experimenting. Whether experimentation starts with the “challenges” promoted online, vaping, trying pot or popping pills, a few bad decisions can lead down a path with many consequences.
Vaping among high school students grew an astounding 900% since 2011, and teens as young as 12 or 13 are now more likely to vape than smoke. Vaping devices are just new ways to disguise drug use as one can vape any and every drug out there. Marijuana is a popular drug to vape, in fact over 75% of the deaths and hospitalizations from vaping involved THC, the psychoactive ingredient in Marijuana.
Marijuana use is increasing across the nation as perception of harm decreases. Marijuana on the street today is extremely potent, edibles and concentrates are becoming very popular as are ways to disguising its use. Today’s potent marijuana use has resulted in a substantial increase in the number of people seen in emergency departments for treatment of acute toxic reactions. Drug driving deaths are skyrocketing in states that have legalized pot, homelessness is a very big problem, and schools are seeing an increase in hard drugs (Cocaine, Meth, and Heroin).
This session contains:
- Up-to-date information about how teens use drugs
- New ways to get drunk
- Today’s potent Marijuana
Lynn Riemer is an accomplished speaker, trainer and advocate on issues relating to substance abuse. Lynn is president of ACT on Drugs, Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to educate parents, teens, and professionals about addictive and psychoactive substances, both legal and illegal, which are available in their community. With her in depth chemistry knowledge of drugs, having served with DEA and on the North Metro Drug Task Force, and her engaging style she brings a real, personal, and vivid face to the issues presented by illicit drug use. Over the past 17 years, Lynn has spoken regularly with students, school staff, parents, communities, companies, and governmental agencies about drug awareness, recognition, and prevention.
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