- Be wary of someone whose
behavior has become erratic or varying in moods and who has
not been ill or taking any medications prescribed by a
doctor; further, someone with "track" marks on the
arm or feet usually indicate someone using a serious drug or
narcotic. If the person has needles, a spoon, rubber hose or
some other strip of material, this may also indicate the
same. To support a drug habit, many addicts commit criminal
acts. Report suspicious activities to the police and attempt
to get the person to seek personal help from one of the drug
rehabilitation centers or programs in the area.
- Drug use occurs in all areas
and persons from all economic, educational, social, racial,
religious and ethnic backgrounds are involved.
- Drug use is a major
money-maker for criminal operators.
- Check your home medicine
cabinet for any addictive or strong drugs or narcotics. Keep
them from being used by anyone else; throw away drugs or
narcotics not being used.
- The Amphetamines: medically
used to stimulate the central nervous system, these produce
a feeling of well-being, exhilaration, and increased
alertness dulled by physical and mental fatigue. They can be
used through a doctor's prescription for control of weight
- Amphetamines are called
"speed," "pep pills, "thrill
pills," and they include benzedrine ("Bennies and
Whites") and can be heart-shaped, round tablets or in
capsule form. Others are Dexamyl and Dexedrine ("Dexies")
and are heart-shaped tablets or capsule forms.
Their misuse will cause
increased heart action, sweating, headache, diarrhea,
temporary rise in blood pressure. The user is talkative,
excitable, restless and perspires much. The user also has
insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), urinates often and
exhibits shaking hands or nervous hands. Withdrawal causes
depression and fatigue. Overdoes are not normally fatal.
- The barbiturates or "Good
Balls": medically used as depressants and hypnotics,
they are effective as sleeping pills and relax the
nervousness, anxiety, insomnia or tension of the medically
They are also referred to as
"Yellows" or "Yellow Jackets,"
"Reds," "Red Devils,"
"Redbirds," "Rainbows" and "Pink
Ladies." They are also known as Seconal, Nembutal and
Nembu-Donna, as well as Tuinal.
When misused, they cause
mental disorientation and physical incapacity. The user
appears intoxicated and may use slurred speech, sometimes
staggering, prone to stumbling and dropping objects.
Emotionally erratic, easily moved to tears or laughter, the
user can be irritable and antagonistic. Small doses will
even affect reaction time and visual perception and create a
serious threat if the user is driving a vehicle.
Withdrawal is difficult and
prolonged and very dangerous if interrupted or if it occurs
abruptly. The signs of withdrawal are nervousness, muscle
twitching, nausea, headache and a sudden drop in blood
pressure that causes fainting. Epileptic-type convulsions
may come sixteen hours after the last dosage or as late as
eight days after withdrawal. Delirium and hallucinations,
similar to alcoholic DTs, may be evident.
The user of the barbiturate
can become addicted. Many times overdose is fatal or
permanent damage results.
- When these problems occur,
action is needed without delay. Immediate help for the user
is important. Arresting the person selling the drug or
narcotic is just as important too.
- Every child has access to
drugs and peer pressure to use them. Talk to them about what
they are facing. Keep open the lines of communication.
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For more information, contact the Office of
State Senator Vincent J. Fumo.
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