Drugs: Teaching Our Children About What They Are Putting Into Their Bodies

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Drugs: Teaching Our Children About What They Are Putting Into Their Bodies

By Jef Mullins 07/27/16

[Sponsored] Taking a moment to educate your child about the substances they put inside their bodies is a simple strategy that could save their lives. 

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According to a new report on July 14 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which analyzed data from 101 U.S. hospitals between 2010 and 2015, a total of 456 synthetic-cannabinoid overdoses were recorded at these sites and, more worryingly, this number is rising. 

Although such overdoses represent a small proportion of total overdoses in the USA, it is a worrying trend, especially when we take into account that synthetic cannabinoids, sometimes called K2 or spice are cheap, easily purchased by young people—often under the counter in convenience stores—and, crucially, are a drug that people know little about and are marketed as harmless synthetic marijuana. 

Such drugs tend to evolve quickly, as the producers make small chemical changes in order to stay ahead of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to analyze them and add them to their illegal drugs database. 

Synthetic cannabinoids are not actually substitutes for marijuana at all, but they are described in this way because they are loosely related to tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive ingredient in pot. In reality, they can be two to 100 times more potent than THC, according to the CDC. Synthetic pot overdoses in the US have resulted in heart and kidney damage, delirium, coma and even death.

Where parents can set the best precedent is teaching their children to never put a substance inside their body unless they are aware of what it is and what it may do. How can this be taught at home? It’s a very simple strategy involving something we all have in our homes. The leaflet that accompanies any medication we buy: it has ingredients, dosage advice, adverse effects , etc. etc. 

How often do you actually read them? More importantly, have you ever considered sitting down with your children and reading through one of them together? Can you see how that might create a positive attitude to understanding the questions to consider when taking something and putting it into your body? This is something all parents should do and it’s never too late to start. 

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