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Hoe beskerm ek my kind teen dwelms?

Ek lees hierdie stukkie raak vandag, en soos julle weet is dit maar ‘n groot probleem in ons land.  Dalk kan die stukkie net vir iemand wat gereeld hier met soekterme “dwelms” help!


HOE BESKERM EK MY KIND TEEN DWELMS?

Enige ouer vrees in ’n stadium dat hulle kind met dwelms in aanraking sal kom – en hulle gaan! Daarom is dit belangrik dat jy as ouer voorbereid moet wees daarop.
(2012-02-14   Anjenita Hugo)

Dit is regtig belangrik dat ons as ouers dwelms moet ken, goed ken. Jy moet weet hoe dwelms werk en ook die dwelmwêreld verstaan. Die internet het ’n magdom inligting en ek stel voor dat ouers dwelmklinieke besoek en met mense gaan praat wat daarmee werk. Hoe meer jy weet, hoe makliker gaan jy die simptome soos gedragsverandering raaksien en leer om die tekens te lees.

Dwelmmisbruik is aan die toeneem. In 2009 het die behandeling van dwelm- en alkoholafhanklikheid met 25% gestyg en ’n derde van alkohol- en dwelmafhanklikes is onder 21 jaar.

Die meeste dwelm- en alkoholmisbruik kom in Gauteng voor. Die tipe dwelms wat die meeste deur kinders misbruik word, is alkohol en dan dagga. Verder is daar ook wat ons die klubdwelms noem, soos LSD, acid, ecstasy, kokaïen en natuurlik die alkohol wat daarmee saamgaan. As ouer moet jy weet in watter vorm dwelms verkoop word, hoe dit verkoop word en waar. Kinders kom meestal op partytjies daarmee in aanraking.

Daar is sekere risikofaktore waarna jy ook moet oplet, soos aggressiwiteit en ontoereikende impulsbeheer. Kinders met AT/HV is baiekeer meer geneig om van alkohol en dwelms afhanklik te raak as ander. Onopgeloste trauma is ook ’n belangrike faktor. Die meeste alkohol- en dwelmmisbruik gaan met emosionele probleme gepaard. Ons praat van ’n tweeledige diagnose, waar dwelmafhanklikheid saam met ’n geestestoestand voorkom, soos depressie, trauma en emosionele probleme.

Wanneer kinders nie goeie ondersteuning by hulle ouers of vriende kry nie, kan hulle maklik in die greep van dwelms beland.’n Afhanklike sal baiekeer die samelewing vir sy optrede of probleme blameer.

Die oorgangsfases in kind se lewe is gewoonlik die hoërisikotye. Elke oorgangsfase gaan mos maar met aanpassing en onsekerheid gepaard en dit is wanneer die meeste kinders baie sensitief en kwesbaar is.

Jy kan nie altyd jou kinders beskerm nie, maar jy kan hulle bemagtig. En daarvoor is ’n goeie fondament nodig. Vertrou hy jou al maak hy droog en stamp sy kop? Weet sy dat jy haar sal help sonder om haar te verstoot. Jy mag vir jou kind kwaad wees, maar hy moet nooit verwerp voel nie.


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God… always answers prayers

“A drug addict finds release!”   Ek leef vir die dag wanneer M se miracle gaan gebeur, mag dit gou wees………..


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The truth about Crystal Meth

Crystal Meth (Methamphetamine)

The Truth about Crystal Meth describes this drug’s devastating effects and how, in a little as one weekend, it can destroy a life!!

Street names for Crystal Methamphetamine:

• Speed
• Ice
• Quartz
• Go-Fast
• Tina
• Crystalz
• Glass
• Crank
• Tweak
• Crystal tea

Crystal meth and meth are inhaled or smoked. Low doses are in pill form.

Crystal meth is a colorless, odorless form of methamphetamine. It resembles small fragments of glass or shiny blue-white “rocks” of various sizes. On the street, it is known as “ice,” “crystal,” “glass” and other names. It is a highly powerful and addictive man-made stimulant that causes aggression and violent or psychotic behavior. Many users report getting hooked (addicted) from the first time they use it. It is one of the hardest drugs to treat.

Short-term Effects:

Negative effects can include disturbed sleep patterns, hyperactivity, nausea, delusions of power, increased aggressiveness and irritability. Can cause decreased hunger and bring on weight loss. In higher doses has a greater “rush,” followed by increased agitation and sometimes violence. Other effects can include insomnia, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia and increased aggression. Can cause convulsions leading to death.

Long-term Effects:

Increased heart rate and blood pressure, damage to blood vessels in the brain, leading to strokes or irregular heartbeat and cardiovascular collapse or death. Can cause liver, kidney and lung damage. There are strong indications that users suffer brain damage, including memory impairment and an increasing inability to grasp abstract thoughts. Those who recover are usually subject to memory gaps and extreme mood swings.

“Crystal meth was my drug of choice, but there were others too — cheap, easy to get, easy to become addicted to and, of course, easy to use. I tried it once and BOOM! I was addicted. One of the main things that this affected was my music career. I had a great band and played great music and had great members who weren’t only band members but best friends. That all changed when I started using meth.”

— Brad

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Crystal Methamphetamine

With reference to my posting on Strawberry Quick

Description:

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An addictive stimulant that is closely related to amphetamine but has a longer lasting and more toxic effect on the central nervous system. It has a high potential for abuse and addiction.

Street Names:

Speed, meth, crystal meth, ice, glass, tina, beanies, clear, cris, cristina, crypto, fast, rock, sketch, spoosh.

General Effects:

Increased wakefulness and physical activity, decreased appetite. Long term use can lead to psychotic behavior, hallucination and stroke.Methamphetamine, also referred to as crystal methamphetamine, is a white, odorless, bitter tasting crystalline powder that acts as a powerfully addictive stimulant dramatically affecting many areas of the central nervous system.

The immediate “high”, or expected and desired meth side effects (or symptoms of meth use) include euphoria, increased energy and attentiveness, diarrhea, nausea, excessive sweating, loss of appetite, insomnia, jaw clenching, tremors, agitation, compulsive fascination with repetitive tasks, talkativeness, irritability, panic, increased libido or sexual desire and dilated pupils.

Health conditions associated with meth abuse include memory loss, aggression, violence, psychotic behavior, heart damage, neurological damage, weight loss, rapid tooth decay (“meth mouth”), meningitis, paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, severe headaches, skin sensations, compulsive picking, skin infections, muscle tissue breakdown, kidney failure and increased occurrence of communicable diseases such as HIV, AIDS and hepatitis.

Street names for methamphetamine include: meth, crystal meth, speed, chalk, ice, crystal, crank and glass. Different street names are used depending on how methamphetamine is used or taken. It can be taken swallowed, snorted, smoked, injected (with or without being dissolved in water), as well as inserted anally and into the urethra. Between 1994 and 2002, the country experienced a 113% (more than double) increase in emergency room visits associated with methamphetamine and similar stimulants.

While originally primarily used on the West Coast (San Diego has long been considered the crystal meth capital), meth labs began appearing all over the country and its use is now widespread. To date there are no pharmacologic agents developed or proven to be effective in treating crystal meth addiction and current treatment methods available to the meth addict consist largely of behavioral interventions and have been disappointing.

WHAT IS METH:

How is it different from other stimulants like cocaine? Methamphetamine is a very addictive stimulant drug that activates certain systems in the brain. It is a Schedule II stimulant, which means it has a high potential for abuse and is legally available (under the brand name Desoxyn) by prescriptions which cannot be refilled for the treatment of certain ADDH, sleep and eating disorders that persist despite the use of other pharmacologic agents.

Meth differs from cocaine as follows:

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METH HISTORY:

Legally, methamphetamine use is considered a second-line of treatment and uncommonly prescribed narcolepsy (sleeping fits) and obesity under a brand name. It was first synthesized in Japan and was commonly used by Adolf Hitler and German pilots and soldiers in WW II. In the 1950’s meth use increased in the US.

It was legally prescribed for narcolepsy, some forms of Parkinson’s disease, alcoholism, certain depressive states, and obesity. The rise of recreational meth use, from meth manufactured in meth labs for personal use and distribution, began peaking in the late 1980’s and continued to rise into the new millennium.

METHAMPHETAMINE EFFECTS:

 The effects of methamphetamine are primarily related to is action as a potent central nervous system stimulant affecting the body’s mechanisms for regulating heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, apetite, attention, mood, alertness and alarm responses. Meth can be taken in a number of ways: swallowed, snorted, smoked, injected, anally and through the urethra. Methods which increase the brain’s uptake of the substance have been increasing; snorting is faster than swallowing, smoking is faster than snorting, etc… The drug alters the mood in different ways, depending on the route of administration.

Immediately after smoking meth or injecting it intravenously, the user experiences an intense rush or “flash” that lasts only a few minutes and is described as extremely pleasurable. Snorting or swallowing meth resulting in euphoria, described as a high but not a rush. While the effects of smoking and IV injection are instantaneous, smoking meth produces effects within 3 to 5 minutes and oral injection can take up to 20 minutes to produce a high.

The pleasurable effects of crystal meth disappear even before the blood concentration of the drug falls significantly; in other words, it just stops working. Thus, more meth and increasing frequency of use are necessary to maintain the high. Users indulge in binge behavior for days at a time; foregoing food, hygiene, sleep and other necessities. Recent research shows methamphetamine abuse and dependence to be associated with long lasting alterations in brain electrical activity and function.

These changes in the brain are similar to those seen in people with degenerative brain diseases. It is believed that methamphetamine use actually ‘trims’ the nerve cells in the brain, rendering the pathways incapable of communication and resulting in the state of anhedonia or the inability to experience pleasure.

SHORT TERM EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Increased attention
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Increased activity
  • Increased wakefulness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Euphoria
  • Euphoric rush or “flash”
  • Increased respiration
  • Rapid and Irregular heart beat
  • Increased body temperature
  • Diarrhea, nausea
  • Jaw clenching and tremors
  • Increases sexual desire
  • Sexual preoccupation and urgency
  • Inability to climax sexually
  • Dialated pupils
LONG TERM EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Addiction
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Compulsive repetition of simple tasks
  • Uncontrolled repetition of motor activity
  • Changes in brain structure and function
  • Memory loss
  • Aggressive or Violent behavior
  • Mood disturbances
  • Severe dental problems
  • Extreme weight loss

In addition, side effect associated with meth overdose include brain damage, meningitis, neurotoxicity, sensations of flesh crawling with bugs, compulsive picking and infecting sores, severe headache, muscle breakdown and kidney failure. There are currently no medications available to treat methamphetamine overdose. 

METH REHAB AND TREATMENT:

 The most effective means for dramatically impacting meth use is prevention strategies aimed at local communities. In general, prevention program should start early, be comprehensive and repetitive. Family-focused prevention efforts have been found to have a greater impact than strategies that focus on parents or children/adolescents only.

Withdrawal from methamphetamine is typically characterized by intense drug cravings, depression, insomnia, and increased appetite.Several cognitive behavioral interventions designed to help modify the patient’s thinking and behaviors, and to increase coping skills related to various life stressors are considered promising when conducted long term.

Due to the degenerative effects on the brain, and the slow readjustment and compensation efforts of the brain following cessation of use, most short term treatment strategies have yielded little if any results. There are no medications available to treat addiction or overdose to methamphetamine.

Information obtained from Crystal Recovery.

Please visit http://www.crystalrecovery.com/ for more information.Additional information at


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Beware of Strawberry quick!

This is one of the cheapest drugs going around Pretoria & Jhb at the moment and is being used by all ages from 5 years old.  

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There is a very scary thing going on in the schools right now that all need to be aware of. There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks.  It smells like strawberry also and it is being handed out to kids in school yards .

Kids are ingesting this thinking that it is candy and being rushed off to emergency in dire condition.  It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange it looks just like pop rocks.

Please instruct your children to not accept candy that looks like this even from a friend and to take any that they may have to a teacher, principal, etc. That is what they are calling strawberry meth or strawberry quick. 

They are calling this new form of meth “Strawberry Quick” and it looks like the “Pop Rocks” candy that sizzle in your mouth.  In its current form, it is dark pink in colour and has a strawberry scent to it.

Please advise your children and their friends and other students not to accept candy from strangers as this is obviously an attempt to seduce children into drug use. They also need to be cautious in accepting candy from even friends that may have received it from someone else, thinking it is just candy.