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Parents Key in Fighting Synthetic Drugs, Experts Say

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Parents are a key part of the fight against the emerging threat of synthetic drugs, said Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy. He spoke at a working group session Thursday on synthetic drugs, which was co-hosted by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

“Synthetic drugs like ‘Spice,’ ‘K2,’ and ‘bath salts’ are a serious threat to the health and safety of young people throughout America,” Kerlikowske said in a news release. “We will continue to coordinate a comprehensive government-wide response, but we cannot do this alone. Parents and adult influencers must understand the serious threat these drugs pose and act today to talk to teens about the serious health and safety consequences of drug use – in whichever form it may come.”

The session included high level officials from government agencies, as well as representatives from the private sector, who met to discuss how to coordinate the Federal, state and local response to these drugs.

the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids introduced a new information kit for parents and adult influencers, which contains tools to help them talk with teens about synthetic drugs, and how to recognize the warning signs of use. The kit includes a slidecast about these drugs and provides information on what to look for, their street names, and what their effects are.

The kit is available at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids website and is part of a “Parents360″ community education program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.

2 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of lynn
    lynn / February 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    drug abuse starts out as a choice, many times ends up as an addiction. no one really wants to be an addict. dina apprently has never known an addict or loved one. how sad her opinion is.

  2. Avatar of Dina
    Dina / February 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Perhaps others can recognize that addiction has a permanent end as we have found with our clients. When children or adults are given a disease “theory”, they will be symptomatic. When they are tagged an “addict”, they will so be. When thrown to the wolves of the 12 Step Heretical programs, they will fall down the entire staircase. Isn’t it time for a change? Isn’t it time to recognize that addiction has an end? Isn’t it time to tell all about the beginnings of the 12 Step propaganda? Isn’t it time to relate to others that Bill Willson (founder of AA) was a dark spiritist and drug addict who was “spoken” to by the dead to begin AA? Isn’t it time to wrap your brain around the fact that AA is the #1 enabler of addiction? Isn’t it time to grasp the fact that the “Steppers” will fall 97% of the time based on AA stats alone? Isn’t it time to see the rehab swinging door? Isn’t it time to WAKE UP & bring in a refreshing breath of “clean” air to those in addiction? Isn’t it time to stop using humans enslaved to addiction, in order to supply the green stuff to the medical/psych community? Isn’t it time to know that addiction is a choice not a disease? SHAME ON YOU ALL who abuse people’s minds & spirits by telling them there is no end!!!
    Isn’t it time for a change?

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