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04-12-2004, 05:46 PM
Parents need to be aware that over-the-counter medications and prescription medications are a big problem and are being used regularly by their teenagers," Counselor Brian Farr said.

Brain Farr, a counselor at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany lectures about drug trends.

"There are many internet sites out there that are promoting the recreational use of DXM or dextromethorphan. This is a drug that is very similar in nature to opiates which is in the heroin class," Farr said.

DXM popular because it's often found in over the counter cough medicine.

"They would like to take the pills, and sometimes mix it in with their pot and stuff," one student said.

Some of the drugs being sold and abused are legitimate prescriptions.

"Many children that are on prescription medications by a doctor are taking these medications, hiding them in their mouth and bringing them to school and selling them," Farr said.

Since 1992, the number of teenagers abusing drugs has nearly doubled. The Poison Control Centers reported an increase of phone calls for over the counter drug interactions. Also, more teenagers are getting arrested for steeling drugs.

"Lately, there's been more arrests problems at schools with kids that are stealing the medications, either from family members at home or from pharmacies or local stores," Farr said.

If you take a classroom of 25 kids, three of them will become drug users. Health Team 9's Marcie Fraser has more.

Farr added, "Parents need to be very aware of what's in their household, whether it's prescription medications, over the counter medications or even household products with a potential for abuse. Nobody is immune to drug abuse or addiction."

What do you look for to see if your kid might be using?

"A new peer group, isolating from the family or a drop off in school attendance or grades," Farr advised.

Prevention starts at home. Ask questions and get involved in your child's life.

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04-16-2004, 05:20 AM
Originally posted by drdĒv€@Apr 12 2004, 04:46 PM
This is a drug that is very similar in nature to opiates which is in the heroin class

oh please....