Approximately 11 million American youth under the age of 21 drink alcohol. Nearly half of them drink to excess, consuming five or more drinks in a row, one or more times in a two week period.
Alcohol is the most frequently used drug by high school seniors, and its use is increasing. Boys usually try alcohol for the first time at just 11 years old, while the average age for American girls' first drink is 13. In short, our nation's youth are flirting with disaster. Consider the facts:
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Tobacco (Cigarettes & Chew)
Tobacco products such as cigarettes and "chew" can all be addictive. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you; most people that do it want to quit. In fact, nearly 35 million people make a serious attempt to quit each year. Unfortunately, most who try to quit on their own relapse, often within a week.
According to the CDC, tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States.
Still want to light-up or chew smokeless tobacco? Great!
Here are a few good reasons to start young:
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Current studies, facts & publications on both youth & adult tobacco heath implications
Inhalants are possibly the most dangerous drug available anywhere, legal or illegal. "Huffing" markers, paints, gas and various aerosol sprays has long been an epidemic in the US and worldwide. Many of these vapors, once inhaled, kill more brain cells than drinking an entire bottle of 100 proof vodka in a night. Inhalants have been known to kill users "on the spot" by causing brain aneurisms, heart attacks and blackouts.
A quick and easy high sounds fun, right?
You may want to consider this before you start "huffing"
- A "high" from "huffing" typically lasts 10-20 seconds and kills more brain cells than a drowning victim who is revived after being pronounced clinically dead.
- Many of the chemicals in over-the-counter inhalants cause incureable diseases such as Lupus and Cancer.
- Serious and sometimes irreversible damage to the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs; it only takes one time with the wrong chemical.
- 22% of inhalant abusers who died of Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome had no history of previous inhalant abuse. They just happened to be first time users.
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Bath Salts & Spice
A popular "fake drug" epidemic has surfaced in the form of mislabeled drugs that are readily available at many gas stations and truck stops across the country. These drugs are labeled as "not fit" for human consumption, however the underground drug world knows this is only a ploy to throw off the FDA and DEA.
These substances are legal, so they are OK to use, right?
- Even drug legalization advocates will tell you that Bath Salts and Spice are bad news because corrupt people are selling you poison.
- A recent zombie attack has been attributed to bath salts because he was so high he ate another man's face.
- Nobody knows the proper way to use bath salts, because there is not one. Several people are hospitalized or die every day because of ingestion of "bath salts."
- Smoking Spice is like throwing a dice and hoping to roll snake eyes. More than likely you are smoking a concoction of poisonous chemicals that will make you sick and can lead to very bad situations.
- Did you not read the warning on the package? (Maybe there was a reason for the warning?)
More about Bath Salts:
The History, Science & Facts of Bath Salts
Bath Salts FAQ
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Facts about Synthetic Marijuana (Spice)
Is Spice a Safe Marijuana Alternative?