In part two of this three-part series, we’re talking about the different household items people use to get high. Drug abuse is not just about illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, it can be a problem with products found in your own home. If you would like to go back and read over part one, please click here. If your son or daughter needs drug treatment in Raleigh NC, please call Legacy Freedom today.
It’s important to be aware of the items that are used to get high, especially for parents. Teens are more likely to experiment in unusual ways. They may not think household items will be as dangerous as illegal drugs, but that’s not true. These items aren’t meant for consumption so they can have hazardous and sometimes deadly effects.
Part one covered inhalants such as canned air, glue and whipped cream. In this part, we’ll take a look at products that people eat, drink, or snort in order to get high. Some have been around for a while, such as cough syrups, but some have just recently become popular, like drinking hand sanitizer.
1. Cold Medicine
This is a common, well-known household item abused by teenagers. Dextromethorphan (DMX), the active ingredient in cough medicine, causes a euphoric feeling and in some cases hallucinations when taken in large doses. Some people will drink a whole bottle in order to get the high it produces. It can be bought over-the-counter, but some stores have begun limiting the number of bottles that can be purchased.
2. Purple Drank
This is a variation of using cold medicine to get a high from high doses of DMX. Users mix a concoction of cough syrup, Sprite or Mountain Dew and candy such as Jolly Ranchers. It causes a mild euphoric feeling. It’s also knowns as “Sizzurp” or “Texas Tea.” It was made popular by rappers.
3. Hand Sanitizer
A more recent and pretty unusual product used to get high is hand sanitizer. It contains 60 percent ethanol, which when ingested can equal a shot or two of vodka per ounce. Some people mix it with mouthwash in order to mask the taste. Parents have begun buying foaming hand sanitizer in order to prevent their kids from drinking it.
Nutmeg has been eaten or smoked in order to get high from myristicin, a psychoactive drug found in tiny amounts in the spice. It produces a slight buzz and some say hallucinations. It takes hours to get the full effect and may last for days at a time.
People have smoked or eaten catnip in order to get high, but it doesn’t always have the same effect as it does on cats. While a cat will act weird and excitable after having catnip, a human may not feel anything. It is usually mixed with marijuana, so any high felt is probably from the THC in the pot.
An unusual trend among teenagers is crushing the candy Smarties and snorting them. There are many videos online depicting people doing this. It doesn’t actually produce a high. It can cause cuts inside the nasal passage if the candy isn’t crushed finely enough, and there is a supposed risk of getting maggots in your nostrils because of the remnants.
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