(CBS Radio) — Parents often worry a lot about the dangers of street drugs and the possibility that their teen may become involved with drugs — but what about the drugs that they may not be aware of?
There are a plethora of common household products available to teens that can enable them to get high, and parents need to be cognizant about keeping these products away from their kids.
Teens will often look for inexpensive or free ways to get a buzz, and many will inhale or ingest common items found around the house. Inhalants contain chemical vapors that alter the mind and produce a quick high. Here are the common household items that kids get high from:
- white out
- cleaning products
- hair spray
- nail polish remover
- cooking sprays
- deodorant spray
- paint thinner
- whipped cream
- hand sanitizer
When teens inhale a substance, the product enters the bloodstream rapidly, and quickly makes them feel high. Since the high only lasts a few minutes, it is not uncommon for teens to inhale these substances repeatedly. Repeated use of inhalants can cause severe damage to internal organs, including organ failure. The most common organs affected are the heart and liver.
Even substances meant for human consumption are being abused by teens, and you probably have these items in your home.
Teens have discovered that if vodka enters their bloodstream through other avenues, it can not be detected on their breath and they won’t get caught by their parents.
Several teens now take a vodka bottle and hold it up to their eye. This allows the vodka to quickly enter their system, and they develop a quick high.
Another way that teens are getting vodka into their system is by using a vodka soaked tampon. This method also allows the alcohol to enter their bloodstream at an extremely fast pace.
Teens have also been known to soak gummy bears or other types of gummies in vodka, and then eat them at parties or even at school with their friends.
Nutmeg is a harmless spice found in your kitchen, right? Wrong! Nutmeg contains hallucinogenic properties and many kids today are ingesting Nutmeg by the spoonfuls to get high.
Cough Syrup can be safely taken to help you recover from a lingering cough, however, when taken in excess, it can be deadly. Teens today often take cough syrups that contain Dextromethorphan. Dextromethorphan, in high doses also contains hallucinogenic properties. It is always wise to keep all medications out of reach of teens and children.
It is best to talk to your children about the dangers associated with abusing household items.
-QC Writer, CBS Radio