KNOW YOUR CHILD.  IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR CHILD ANYMORE, START WITH A DRUG TEST.

Amphetamines (speed) are drugs that are being abuse by an alarming number of our teens in Orange County.  My estimate is that 80% of the teenagers that I have worked with who are abusing drugs; have abused amphetamines.  These drugs are known on the street as speed, meth, uppers, crystal, crank, coke, free base, toot, blow, flake, snow and lady.

Amphetamines are found in pill form, powder form and crystallized rock.  Our teens are abusing this drug in greater numbers than ever before.  It is cheap and easy to get.

When a person ingests this drug many things can happen:

Dilated (enlarged) pupils

Rapid breathing, speech, pulse and movement

Decreased appetite

Insomnia

Euphoria

Impaired judgment

Paranoia or suspiciousness

Rage

Hallucinations

Seizures

Stroke, chest pain, heart attack or death

Symptoms of withdrawal from amphetamines may include:

Fatigue

Depression

Cravings

Hypersomnia (not sleeping)

Mood swings

Lethargy

Cramps or other pain

This drug has become popular among many teenage girls because it decreases appetite and helps to induce weight loss.

Chronic use of amphetamines can lead to psychosis and many teens have become paranoid to the point of thinking they are being followed or persecuted.  Some have become depressed to the point of attempting suicide.

Amphetamines are highly addictive, and unlike alcohol and other drugs, they “hook” kids faster and deeper.

Our courts in Orange County are inundated with crimes committed by people who were under the influence of methamphetamine.

Here is a list of symptoms that parents can use to determine if their child is abusing drugs, including amphetamines.

Drastic change in grades

Using unfamiliar or suspicious language

Drastic personality changes

Loss of interest in activities that were recently important

Truant, suspended or missing school

Possession of drugs or paraphernalia

Avoiding eye contact

Parents are missing cash or personal items at home

Being secretive about certain friends or activities

Arguments about alcohol or drug use

As a parent of a teenager, you should immediately drug test your child if you

checked three or more symptoms on these checklists.  Use the tensavers drug test.  It’s the most relaible test on the market.  Check out www.myeensavers.com

Tim Chapman

America’s Parenting Coach

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