Friday, November 7, 2014
Huff The Magic Dragon
Let's talk about huffing. Not cake. That would be gross and messy.
Usually the preferred weapon of choice is Dust Off (canned air) or whippits (used for whipped cream). You can Google the pics if you don't know what I mean. I'd rather look at this apology cake. I wonder if it has Mary Jane inside?
So back to huffing. It's dangerous. It's downright scary and it can kill people. In an instant. That does not even include the crash when you get behind the wheel, but a vehicle surely makes a grand weapon. Exit stage left.
It's a popular high preferred by teens and really weird adults. Not that the teens aren't weird when they do this, but an adult doing it is like seeing your grandmother sniff glue. You know, back in the day when the boys took the Rubber Cement and giggled in the craft closet in art class? Juvenile. And dumb.
Huffing is more serious and in comparison to grandma glue sniffing...it's a young person thing.
During my law enforcement career, I saw many fatal vehicle accidents where the driver and/or passengers were huffing seconds prior to impact and death. The huffing didn't kill them, the impact did. Erratic driving, behavior associated with an intense high and blackouts all accompany a whiff off a can. Sounds dumb, right? It is.
So why do they do it?
No different then sucking helium, right? Wrong.
Kids like to get high. It's a fad. Peer pressure. It's the "in" thing to do.
I pray I keep my daughter away from such nonsense.
Take a look at a recent case back home. This was typical of a huffing case. Obviously, this kid and the adults with her had had problems with illegal substances prior to the huffing crash. I have no idea why kids do it while driving and all in a group. I think we all got tired of notifying parents of their children's deaths due to senseless acts which were preventable.
Here's a great article for all parents. Don't forget about bath salts, spice, and script abuse.
Recently, I was engaged in an interesting conversation with one of my college students. She informed me the latest fad in substance abuse is pharmaceutical (script) trading and trafficking amongst some of the smartest college kids...Aderall.
Aderall is used by brilliant college students to keep focused. She said you will find several Honors students and high achievers using the drug to help them focus and stimulate their brain. They use it during exams, intense research projects, and throughout the semester to attain higher quality output in college expectations. Sad, right? You betcha.
It's cheap, readily available, and they think nothing of it because getting caught with Aderall is no big deal, right? Right. All they have to do is tell the cop or teacher they have ADHD. Who is going to know? It's not like catching them with Oxycontin or Hydrocodone. Will red flags go up?
They might now.
So she told me why this saddens her and makes her disappointed in these great leaders around campus. First, it's illegal but they don't think it's a big deal. It's not like crack, they say. It's not speed. Second, it's just wrong and scary. They become addicted. Obviously, because there is a stimulant in it...amphetamine. How many kids do you know are prescribed this medication for ADHD? Yep. That's where they buy it...from their fellow students. Does it help the ADHD kid focus? Yep. So how will it affect a kid NOT diagnosed with the disorder? HYPER-focused. That's what they tell me.
What's worse? She pointed out several abusers to me in the hallway and I had no idea. They were all the high achieving, brilliant students who do amazing things on campus. Not one of them was a struggling student who just didn't apply themselves.
So when did we start thinking GREAT wasn't good enough?