Keep Your Child Away from These Household Items
When we think about addiction, we mostly think about drugs such as heroin and cocaine, or maybe marijuana or alcohol and cigarettes. All in all, the dangerous stuff we have always been warned about and told to keep away from are what we pass on to our kids, realizing they need to know all of that so they could stay safe. But what we don’t know is that there are items in our homes that are dangerous to our children and us.
These are the things you probably would never think they can be used as a drug, but a lot of kids use them to get high.
You probably already know about this one, but something you might not know is that teenagers use whip cream cans to get high. By inhaling the aerosol gas contained in the can, they get head rushes, confusion, ringing in the ears, excitement, and even euphoria.
Freshly ground nutmeg
Although it sounds even crazier than whip cream cans, it is a common practice. By using large amounts, nutmeg can be a stimulant and cause euphoria and hallucinations. It can affect the central nervous system and the cardiovascular system, resulting in such symptoms as abdominal pains, dizziness, delirium, rapid pulse and increased body temperatures
Two types of bath salts are available for purchase. The one you use in a bath to help you relax and one that is a relatively new drug on the streets. Unfortunately, they are both very similar in looks and even have some similar ingredients. And because it is the same term for both, some kids may hear someone talking about this drug and confuse it with something they have in their bathroom and use it dangerously.
Using something that is supposed to be helpful and cure illnesses for such dangerous uses is no strange practice for some people. Cough syrups contain DXM or dextromethorphan, an ingredient that is commonly abused. A 2008 study found that one in 10 American teenagers have used products with DXM to get high. Therefore, it is more popular in that age group than ecstasy, LSD, cocaine, and meth. Although DXM products are safe when taken as recommended by a professional, high doses can cause pose serious risks. Use of the drug in large amounts can cause nausea and vomiting, memory loss, impaired judgment and mental function, hallucination, and/or a coma.
Used in small doses, this spice is great for your dessert and coffee; it is also very delicious. However, a bottle of vanilla extract contains approximately 35 percent ethanol by volume, which is more than most alcoholic beverages.
Large amounts of vanilla extract, food coloring or any other kitchen products that contain ethanol can have serious side effects if used in large amounts. The physical signs are flushed skin, dilated pupils, and vomiting
Over the counter medication
When used in large doses (some people taking up to half or even a full box) these types of medications are extremely dangerous and can even lead to death.
Examples are opiate painkillers—which many families have in their medicine cabinets— or benzodiazepines, drugs prescribed for anxiety disorders and stimulants like Adderall prescribed to treat ADD and ADHD. All of these, unfortunately, can cause addiction even to whom they are prescribed, but if they are used by someone else, the consequences can be catastrophic.
How to ensure that your children make the right choices
It is important to take an interest and be a part of your child’s life. Even though kids, mostly teenagers, don’t like talking to their parents about sensitive subjects such as this one, it is important that they know you’re someone they can talk to. Make sure you’re well informed about the subject. If they don’t get the answers to the questions from you, they will seek them elsewhere, usually from unreliable sources. Let them know about all of the dangers and consequences of drug use. When you believe you’ve said and done all you could have, let them live their lives. Don’t invade their privacy and trust that you’ve raised them right to not give into peer pressure.
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