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
Paranoia or suspiciousness
Stroke, chest pain, heart attack or death
Symptoms of withdrawal from amphetamines may include:
Hypersomnia (not sleeping)
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
America’s Parenting Coach