Last week a student was caught with Xanax laced Sweet Tarts, the candy. The police say that liquid Alprazolam is simply dropped onto each piece of candy, and as soon as it drys it is ready. Xanax is a powerful sedative which is highly addictive.
Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders. Side effects include:
- Drowsiness and feeling tired
- Slurred speech, lack of balance or coordination
- Memory problems
- Feeling anxious
I am 43 years old and battled a twenty-year opiate and Xanax addiction. Thankfully, I now have a year in recovery. I thought I had seen just about everything. I have joked that my kids wouldn’t be able to get away with drug use under my nose because of my experience. I was wrong because they could have gotten this past me. That is scary.
It’s not enough for parents to know what the drugs themselves look like they need to know what it is sold it and anything needed to use the drug. For example, if you start to notice that your spoons are disappearing that could be a sign that someone in your house is abusing opiates, possibly heroin. Learning about the Xanax laced candy surprised me. How often in our kids or even some young adult children’s rooms, do we see candy laying around?
The reason the authorities became suspicious of the candy found in Columbus, Indiana was that the student had two pieces hidden in their shoe. People don’t store candy in their shoes, they do however hide drugs there. Which is exactly right. We might not be able to tell if candy is drugged at first glance but if you find candy say in a baggie of any sort that is a red flag. If your child has gone out of their way to hide the candy it would be worth it to investigate further.
What would you do if you found a baggie with a tiny amount of powder in it? You could take it to the police, which isn’t a bad option but could cause some serious legal issues. You could also purchase a test kit, that is inexpensive and is the same thing the police will do to test the substance. Click the word test kit for a link to purchase one of these kits for under ten dollars.
After reading the article about the Sweet Tarts I googled Xanax in Sweet Tarts to see if this is a new fad or if it has been going on for some time. Unfortunately, this is not new, I found people talking about it dating back to 2013, but who knows how long it has actually been happening.
I found this news clip from 2013 about kids attempting to add illegal drugs to Smarties candies.
There was also a thread from the same year, 2013, of people reviewing Xanax candies.
HERE ARE SOME REASONS XANAX BEING MIXED WITH CANDY IS ESPECIALLY CONCERNING:
- Xanax is extremely addictive
- Overdose is a real possibility
- Possible consumption of the candy/drugs by people who are unaware that the candy has been tainted.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT PARENTS ARE ABLE TO IDENTIFY AN OVERDOSE.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DRUG OVERDOSE
The physical and psychological signs of a drug overdose can vary depending on the type of drug taken, and whether the drug was taken in combination with other substances.
Common signs and symptoms of a drug overdose can include: 3, 4 of these
- Dilated pupils.
- Unsteady walking.
- Chest pain.
- Severe difficulty breathing, shallow breathing, or complete cessation of breath.
- Gurgling sounds that indicate the person’s airway is blocked.
- Blue lips or fingers.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Abnormally high body temperature.
- Violent or aggressive behavior.
- Disorientation or confusion.
- Convulsions or tremors.
A person may not exhibit all or even most of these signs, but even a few of these symptoms can indicate a person is experiencing an overdose.
IF YOU SUSPECT AN OVERDOSE WHETHER ON DRUGS OR ALCOHOL CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
Overdose surpassed car crashes as the number one cause of accidental death last year. It’s not just people that abuse heroin that can face overdose. The very drug that is killing people who struggle with heroin addiction is being added to counterfeit prescription drugs being sold on the street. Dealers are making their own Xanax’s, and opiate pain pills by using Fentanyl, which is 50 times stronger than Heroin.
Personally, I know a mother that lost her 26-year-old son to an overdose. Her son believed he was buying the anxiety medication Xanax. Unfortunately, he was purchasing Fentanyl. There are 144 overdoses every day in the United States because of drugs like Fentanyl all the way down to alcohol.
This video is from August 2015 and talks about Fentanyl-laced counterfeit pain meds, Xanax or any pill they want.
If you are the parent of a teen or young adult it is important that you stay informed about drugs so you know the signs to watch for. Nobody wants to believe that their child is using drugs. However, if you catch drug use early enough there is a better chance of treating the behavior instead of dealing with the full-blown disease of addiction.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
- Has changed relationships with family members or friends
- Uses chewing gum or mints to cover up breath
- Often uses over-the-counter preparations to reduce eye reddening or nasal irritation
- Frequently breaks curfew
- Has cash flow problems
- Drives recklessly, and has car accidents or unexplained dents in the car
- Avoids eye contact
- Locks doors
- Goes out every night
- Makes secretive phone calls
- Makes endless excuses
- Has the “munchies” or sudden appetite
- Exhibits uncharacteristically loud, obnoxious behavior
- Laughs at nothing
- Has become unusually clumsy: stumbling, lacking coordination, poor balance
- Disappears for long periods of time
- Has periods of sleeplessness or high energy, followed by long periods of “catch up” sleep
MOOD & PERSONALITY SHIFTS
- Exhibits mood changes or emotional instability
- Sullen, withdrawn, depressed
- Shows loss of inhibitions
- Silent, uncommunicative
- Hostile, angry, uncooperative
- Deceitful or secretive
- Less motivated
- Unable to focus
- Unusually elated
HYGIENE & APPEARANCE PROBLEMS
- Smell of smoke or other unusual smells on breath or on clothes
- Messy appearance
- Poor hygiene
- Red, flushed cheeks or face
- Track marks on arms or legs (or long sleeves in warm weather to hide marks)
- Burns or soot on fingers or lips (from “joints” or “roaches” burning down)
- Unusually tired
- Lethargic movement
- Unable to speak intelligibly, slurred speech, or rapid-fire speech
- A runny nose, not caused by allergies or a cold
- Frequent sickness
- Sores, spots around mouth
- Wetting lips or excessive thirst (known as “cotton mouth”)
- Sudden or dramatic weight loss or gain
- Skin abrasions/bruises
- Accidents or injuries
SCHOOL AND WORK CONCERNS
- Absenteeism or loss of interest
- Loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies or sports
- Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or work
- Complaints from teachers or supervisors
- Reports of intoxication at school or work
HOME AND CAR CONDITIONS
- Disappearance of prescription or over-the-counter pills
- Missing alcohol or cigarettes
- Disappearance of money or valuables
- Smell in the car or bottles, pipes or bongs on floor or in glove box
- Appearance of unusual containers or wrappers, or seeds left on surfaces used to clean marijuana
- Appearance of unusual drug apparatuses, including pipes, rolling papers, small medicine bottles, eye drops, butane lighters, or makeshift smoking devices, like bongs made out of toilet paper rolls and aluminum foil
- Hidden stashes of alcohol
Kids now need only a computer and the internet to get their hands on just about any drug that they want. It will be delivered to your front door, possibly in an Amazon box.
The best advice I have for parents would be to know where your kids are, who their friends are, have access to their social media, devices, spend quality time with them and remember you are their parent, not their buddy. You can be their buddy when they move out of your house. In the end, we want to raise healthy independent people and keeping them off drugs is an important part of just that.
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