Category Archive: Other Drugs

Sep 14

Vaping and E-Cigarette Use Has Become A Youth Epidemic

Vaping and E-cigarette use has quickly become the hottest trend for youth and young adults, after exploding onto the scene only a few short years ago. These smoking products, which were originally created to help adults cease their smoking habits by slowly reducing their tobacco and nicotine consumption, have now evolved into a growing youth …

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Dec 15

Recent Surges in Illegal Substance Use Among South Lake Tahoe Teens

Recent reports from representatives at our local high school have issued warnings of increased use of cocaine use and DXM abuse. DXM is a common ingredient found in many over the counter (OTC) cough medicines. Cocaine is an illegal highly addictive substance that can have serious long lasting detrimental effects on mental health. Cocaine is …

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Oct 22

Dietary supplement use sends thousands to the ER each year

Bad reactions to dietary supplements are sending tens of thousands of Americans to the ER every year, a new study shows. More than 23,000 visits to emergency rooms occur annually due to complications from taking dietary supplements such as herbal or complementary nutritional products, vitamins, and minerals, according to scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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Jul 14

Sounding the Alarm as Prescription Drug Abusers Turn to Heroin

Standing in the pulpit above Austin Klimusko’s casket three years ago, his mother used his death to draw the connection between pills from a pharmacy and drugs from the street. “When his prescriptions dried up, he turned to heroin,” Susan Klimusko said in a frank eulogy meant as a warning to the young mourners at …

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Jun 23

Deaths From Synthetic Marijuana use Rising Sharply in U.S.: CDC

Synthetic marijuana killed three times more people in the first five months of 2015 than in all of 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday. With catchy “brand” names such as Spice, Sexy Monkey, Black Mamba, K2, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Twilight and hundreds of others, synthetic marijuana …

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May 22

What’s Kratom? Parents Claim the Drug Drove Son to Suicide

The parents of a University of Georgia student who committed suicide earlier this month are now speaking out about it — specifically about an unregulated drug called Kratom they say their son John Eden was addicted to, in an aim to save others from the same tragic fate. “I had a feeling he was on the ledge, …

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May 07

Drug Bust in Rural El Dorado County Finds Needles, Charred Spoons

A man and a woman were arrested on drug-related charges after deputies searched a trailer near Georgetown. Deputies came to the trailer Sunday in the 5000 block of Reservoir Road in a rural area outside Georgetown to serve a felony arrest warrant on 28-year-old Lainey Porter. When they arrived, they found three men inside and …

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Apr 30

Flakka, Synthetic Drug Behind Increasingly Bizarre Crimes

One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him. Two others tried separately to break into the Fort Lauderdale Police …

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Apr 08

Flakka: The New Designer Drug You Need To Know About

A man rushes out of his house in Miami last month, ripping his clothes off in a rage, screaming violently, after smoking a crystal-like drug. Five police officers are required to take him down as he exhibits superhuman strength. He is sweating, paranoid, delusional and hallucinating about seeing objects in front of him. The behavior …

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Mar 26

California Health Officials Launch Campaign Against ‘Vaping’

Inside the Vapor Spot on J Street, these are the words used to describe the liquid that goes in the electronic cigarettes that have fueled the “vaping” trend: Watermelon, vanilla cream, super fly lemon pie. California’s top public health officials are working to introduce a new vocabulary to describe the ingredients: benzene, formaldehyde, nicotine. “We …

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