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     Dextromethorphan, which is not a regulated controlled dangerous substance (YET),  is synthetically produced, which can be found in most cough syrups (Robitussin) and is closley related to codeine. It has central cough suppressant action but it does not feature the untoward effects of the opioids: it does not have analgesic, sedating or constipating effects. Its metabolism is genetically polymorphous, similar to the codeine metabolism. 

     The drug hardly causes typical opioid side-effects. High and very high doses in particular can cause neuropsychiatric symptoms (euphoria, restlessness, misperception, hallucination, schizophrenic reactions) that are similar to the effects of the hallucinogenic agent Phencyclidine (PCP) and D-Lysyregic Acid (LSD). It has not been established whether these problems are related to the metabolic phenotype of the individuals. Besides that, there are gastrointestinal symptoms and skin reactions. The most immediate risk arising from dextromethorphan seems to be its sporadic abuse. A few cases of addiction have been recorded, and of course its recent appearence in the club scene mixed with MDMA (Ecstacy) or made to look like an "Ecstacy" tablet has made this drug even more dangerous.    


Because this drug is being mixed with Ecstacy or made to look like Ecstasy we will list some information concerning this drug and the various drugs that have been found mixed in with it.

     Ecstasy is not an expensive drug to make; approximately .04 cents, which is then sold on the streets for $20 to $30 dollars a pill (individually). Many criminals will make "fake" Ecstasy pills. They use cheaper drugs to make the tablets and then sell them on the street as Ecstasy. Here are some of the most popular substitutes and what they can do:

  • MDA: This makes users feel calm and very sociable. It destroys serotonin-producing neurons in the brain, just like MDMA.
  • PMA: A powerful stimulant. It can be ten to 30 times stronger than MDMA. It has been responsible for 15 deaths in the United States and at least two deaths in Canada.
  • DXM: A cough suppressant that dries out the lungs. In high doses it raises body temperature, dries out the skin and stops sweating when taken with MDMA (Ecstacy). It is likely to cause heatstroke. If an individual loses control of their movements, hallucinate, have itchy skin and feel "out of their body", they may have taken DXM.
  • PCP: Also known as "angel dust". It is addictive. It causes irregular breathing, high blood pressure, high heart rate, intense sweating. At high doses, it may make blood pressure and pulse rate drop. It can cause paranoia, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, drooling, loss of balance and dizziness. It can also cause seizures, comas and death.
  • DOB: Causes serious constriction of the blood vessels and nerve damage. People on DOB are incoherent and delusional. They like to strip and run around naked.
  • Ketamine: This produces intense hallucinations.
  • Methamphetamine: Also known as "speed" or "crystal meth". It floods the body with adrenaline. It wakes you up and keeps you going. But, it can also increase blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, anxiety, irritability, insomnia and paranoia. Coming off of speed results in exhaustion, deep mental depression, chills, nervous twitching and insomnia.

Herbal Ecstacy

People can now buy "Herbal Ecstacy" at health stores and gas stations. Users believe it's a safer alternative to MDMA.

Users say "Herbal Ecstacy" increases:

  •  Energy
  • Alertness
  • heart rate

*There is no emotional high with "Herbal Ecstacy".

"Herbal Ecstacy" is not safe. The main ingredient in this product is an ephedra herb called Ma Huang. Be on the lookout for a rise in the abuse of Herbal Ecstacy in conection with other drugs!

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"The Official Parents Guide"
By Glenn Levant, President and Founding Director, D.A.R.E. America Worldwide
. Now available at 

Gateway Drugs: Alcohol and Tobacco; Avoiding the First Serious Steps

What Is a Gateway Drug?
A gateway drug is a drug that opens the door to the use of other, harder drugs. Gateway drugs are typically inexpensive and readily available. This chapter focuses on alcohol and tobacco, while Chapters 8 and 9 focus on marijuana and inhalants.

While there is no guarantee that a youngster will make the leap from gateway drugs to far more toxic and dangerous drugs such as methamphetamines, cocaine, or heroin, research suggests that in the majority of the cases they will not. Still, who wants to roll the dice with their youngsters health and future happiness? Most addicts began their downward spiral with the gateway drugs; very few youngsters or adults jump right into hard drugs. Keeping children free and clear of the gateway substances for as long as possible is your mission.

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Education, Tobacco use is associated with alcohol and illicit drug use and is generally the first drug used by young people who enter a sequence of drug use that can include tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and harder drugs.

The Dangers
According to statistics from the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, the younger a child starts smoking, the more addicted s/he becomes. The U.S. Department of Education echoes the CDC findings. Its report, Youth and Tobacco, says people who begin to smoke at an early age are more likely to develop severe levels of nicotine addiction than those who start at a later age.
Tobacco use is also a gateway for other negative behaviors, not just more dangerous drug taking. Cigarette smokers are also more likely to get into fights, carry weapons, attempt suicide, and engage in high-risk sexual behaviors, say government researchers.

How do you persuade children against taking that first puff? Chances are you, as a parent, will have difficulty convincing your child to avoid cigarettes. The enticement is very strong. Often it takes another authority figure, such as a D.A.R.E. officer, to counterbalance the negative peer pressure exerted on young kids.
A Gallup poll found that 75 percent of the students who graduated from the D.A.R.E. program had never tried a cigarette. While drug prevention programs and educators can explain why tobacco (and the other gateway drugs) can have a long-term impact on childrens lives if they start using today, you, as the parent, are the primary influence.

Your anti-cigarette message to your child must start early and be reinforced regularly.

     Focus on short-term consequences and the effect on appearance.

     Explain how, over time, it hurts them.

     Couch it in terms they can relate to by using the D.A.R.E. fact sheet.

     Find creative ways to illustrate the dangers of tobacco use.

     Kick your own smoking habit or level with your kids about it.

     Make them aware that secondhand smoke is harmful; kids should not associate with smokers.

     Talk about advertising and media messages that promote smoking.

     Explain what withdrawal feels like.

Research shows that by age eighteen, when most kids graduate from high school, 90 percent of them have experimented with alcohol. Only a small percentage abstain. A smaller percentage become addicted and need help.
Take a minute and think how often adults drink alcohol: a cold beer at a baseball game, a glass of Chardonnay with a piece of broiled fish, a gin and tonic on a warm day. Social drinking is an acceptable and pleasurable activity for millions of Americans. It relaxes you, curbs stress, and chases away inhibitions, but if it becomes a regular mechanism to escape troubles and to feel good, it can be an abuse, a dependency, and a severe problem for millions of Americans. While experts say kids are not inclined to drink alcohol on their own, many will imitate a parent who overindulges or will go along with peers who offer it to them. In fact, once they start, children end up drinking abusively for the same reason as their parents to cope with anxiety or stress, to manage their moods, and to release inhibitions so they can become more sociable (translation: to forget their troubles and to have fun).

Drinking at an Early Age
Children are drinking at a younger age. The fact is that alcohol and any other illegal drug is very addictive to a childs underdeveloped central nervous system. Statistics show:

     Junior and high school students drink 35 percent of all the wine coolers in the U.S.

     Binge drinking consumption of five or more drinks at one sitting is reported as early as the eighth grade.

     Alcohol-related accidents are the leading cause of death among people 15 to 24 years of age.

     Half of all youthful deaths in drowning, fires, suicide, and homicide are alcohol related.

     The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in a survey of high school seniors, found that 2.5 million respondents did not know they could die of alcohol poisoning.

Your message to your child must be simple and clear-cut: Drinking beer, wine, or distilled spirits is only for grownups who drink responsibly. Underage drinking is not only breaking the law, but also can seriously injure your health, your future success, your friendships, and possibly even kill you. Couch it in terms they can relate to by using the D.A.R.E. fact sheet.

Here are some other things parents can do to keep their children off alcohol until they are at least of legal drinking age:

     Be an exemplary role model.

     Establish a two-way dialogue with your children about drinking, whether you imbibe or not.

     Know the facts about alcohol use and abuse and discuss them with your children.

     Offer loving but firm advice with clear boundaries and consequences by setting down firm guidelines.

     Set a rule that your child must never drink and drive.

     Be prepared for other families having different standards of acceptable behavior.

     Do not joke about alcoholism or drunken behavior.

While alcohol is a gateway drug that can lead to other, stronger chemical dependencies, it has its own addiction: alcoholism. Alcoholism is a progressive disease that only gets worse by drinking irresponsibly.

*Look at the photos below to see what street level drug dealing looks like!

Making the drug deal...selling Crack Cocaine

Drug dealer selling drugs to a buyer in a car

Drug dealer inspecting his baggie of Crack Cocaine

Plastic baggie containing Crack Cocaine

Take a GOOD LOOK...this is reality!
And its happening in your neighborhoods everyday.


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