Everyday house hold items your teen might be using to get high

Wondering how your teen gets high yet you never give him cash to buy drugs? He/she might be using items at home.

Below are everyday household items your son or daughter might be abusing.

Some teens inhale household products like 

Glue

Glue is present in most homes, it can be furniture glue or the one used on shoes by cobblers.

Glue can be consumed through different methods among them

Sniffing of vapors directly from an open container or a surface soaked with the substance.

Oral inhalation from a rag or cloth soaked in a volatile substance that is held over the mouth or nose; or 

 Bagging involves breathing in and out of a paper or plastic bag filled with a small amount of a volatile substance.

Aerosol sprays

Sniffing aerosol spray cans “can directly induce heart failure and death.

People who use nitrous to get high usually transfer the gas into another container, like a balloon. 

Then they inhale the gas from the balloon. Examples of this include toilet fresheners’ furniture cleaning spray, etc.

Cleaning fluids

These fluids are mostly abused due to their easy availability and the fact that they do not arouse suspicion.

The most commonly abused cleaning agents include dry cleaning fluid, spot removers, and degreasers. These fluids typically vaporize at room temperature and are easy to ingest via the mouth or nasal pathways. 

Nutmeg/Kukumanga

Nutmeg is used as a spice in many Kenyan households.

What most parents do not know is that it contains a chemical that may give you a feel-good high if you get enough of it.

Nutmeg poisoning can give you heart palpitations and make you feel dizzy, nauseous, tired, or anxious. Some people have died from eating too

gas from whipped cream cans

Aftershave

This is used to reduce breakouts, razor burn, or razor bumps when shaving.

Some teens drink this to get high, this can lead to alcohol poisoning, seizures, coma, or even death.

A young man abusing drugs. Photo Courtesy: Photos For Class

Hand sanitizer

Drinking this can lead to alcohol poisoning, seizures, coma, or death.

Bath salts

This is a crystalline substance that is dissolved in bathwater to soften or perfume it.

It is mostly used in bathtubs.

It can be swallowed, snorted, or injected. 

Once used the bath salt can cause a feeling of joy or boost sex drive. 

But it could also make you feel drunk, get violent, or lose touch with reality. 

The salt bath is addictive and can cause symptoms such as chest pain, panic attacks, hallucinations, and in some instances death.

Deodorant

In May 2022, an Australian girl was found dead by her mum on mothers day.

Ryan believes her daughter died of sudden sniffing death syndrome and suffered a heart attack.

The girl’s mother said she was inhaling the deodorant with her boyfriend when she went into cardiac arrest, leaving her with brain damage.

Alcohol tampons

Teens soak tampons in vodka, then put them in their vaginas or rectums. 

There’s no proof that this works. What’s more, the vodka may burn sensitive vaginal or rectal tissue. In rare cases, it has caused colitis.

It can be hard for such teens to get treatment when they get alcohol poisoning because the teenager’s breath has no alcohol smell.

The symptoms to look out for include

  • Frequent headaches
  • Excessive use of deodorant or other aerosol sprays
  • Stains and chemical odors on towels and clothes
  • Disorientation or slurred speech
  • Nausea or loss of appetite

Read more stories below:

William Ruto-My daughter wanted to emulate politicians who abuse drugs

Babu Owino admits “I have done a lot of drugs, every brand of alcohol”

NACADA says increased drugs and alcohol abuse to blame for crime in Mt Elgon

The National Agency for Control and Alcohol and Drugs Abuse (NACA) says increased consumption of drugs and alcohol are to blame for a rise in crime in Mt Elgon area.

Director of NACADA Stephen Mairori says they will partner with churches to help sensitize youth in the area on the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse.

Mairori says they will also launch rehabilitation programmes for affected youth in the region.

-Mathews Ndanyi

This sad message about drug abuse will leave you crying

Drug abuse is one of the challenges being faced worldwide. Both young and old have plunged into drug addiction and many end up dying due to drug-related issues while others even develop mental problems after using hard drugs.

Well, there’s this message about drug abuse you all must read..

 

“‘I destroy homes, tear families… apart – take your children, and that’s just the start.
I’m more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold – the sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.

And if you need me, remember I’m easily found.
I live all around you, in schools and in town.
I live with the rich, I live with the poor, I live down the street, and maybe next door.
My power is awesome – try me you’ll see.
But if you do, you may never break free.

Just try me once and I might let you go, but try me twice, and I’ll own your soul.
When I possess you, you’ll steal and you’ll lie.
You’ll do what you have to just to get high.
The crimes you’ll commit, for my narcotic charms, will be worth the pleasure you’ll feel in your arms.

Continue reading “This sad message about drug abuse will leave you crying”

Deal Breakers That Allow You To Call Off That Engagement

Most serious relationships end up in marriage or at least some long term commitment, however during courtship we tend to ignore certain traits in our partners that should raise the red flag, and instead we choose to hope that these things will change in once we get married.

In most cases that change doesn’t happen and people end up miserable for the rest of their lives.

Before you say “I do”, there are qualities that you need to look out for and if you spot them in your partner then you have the right to walk away.

Here are some of the signs:

1. Violence – No relationship can ever be built on the basis of fear because there will be no freedom to communicate or just be yourself. Violence comes in so many ways before it even gets to the point of being hit. It will start emotionally, then they will eventually kill your self esteem and reduce you to nothing. At this point you will not have an opinion and when you do it is questioned, then things will get physical, they will throw things on the wall, trash the house and eventually beat you up. It’s always wise to walk away at the first sign of trouble because even marriage will not save you.

2. Cheating – There are people who have gone through infidelity and managed to work things out. However that doesn’t mean that the act of cheating is right. This issue happens to be a deal breaker for many people because the act of cheating is disrespectful, breaks the trust and is a huge risk to your health. So if you want to put up with several clinic visits for STD/STI treatment, then by all means stick with that cheating partner and yes remember that putting a ring on it will not change them.

3. No acknowledgement – Simply put, if you’ve been dating someone for longer than six months and he hasn’t made you an official part of his life, it’s time to MOVE ON. You should not allow yourself to settle for less because in this case you will not be upgraded to wife or girlfriend, you’re simply wasting your time. The excuses need to stop because they will never be ready.

4. Abuses drugs/junkie – If you have ever been close to an addict you will realize that they will do anything to get a fix. They will steal, cheat, manipulate, harm those they love to get that high. This kind of person doesn’t care about anyone else but themselves. They can even sell your property to enable them buy drugs. They may accept help but keep relapsing or going back to the same environment because they aren’t serious about quitting. My advice: Walk away it will get worse not better.

5. Manipulative – Dealing with a partner who likes everything to be in their favor, can make you feel crazy or like you’ve forgotten something. This kind of person will always make you feel stupid and will always be right while you are wrong. How do you live with such a person? Walk away

Marriage will never change a person, if they do any of the things mentioned above, do not walk down that aisle because you will have to deal with demons until death does you apart.

MITM: ‘Alcohol Is My Husband,’ Woman Confesses

A woman from the morning conversation with Maina and King’ang’i says that she has replaced the void filled by a man with a bottle of alcohol. The divorced lady confessed to downing a bottle of grants daily and going home drunk to sleep. She says alcohol is an easier escape than going around looking for a man.

The calls and texts from women indicate that she is not the only one in that boat. Married women have also replaced their husbands who spend hours away from home with alcohol and blankets.

Where do we draw the line between alcoholism and having one drink to unwind? One man even offers a solution to beer companies to stop women from drinking. He says that alcohol should be labelled ‘Not For Sale To Women’.

Where are the men and is a bottle of liquor enough to substitute the role of a man in any relationship?

Listen to the confessions below

Inside the world of Kenyan campus drug dealers

Colleges and universities are higher learning institutions meant to mould careers and birth professionals. Notwithstanding this mandate, many of them turn into dens for drug dealers behind closed doors, thanks to external ‘sources’ that prey upon the students for distribution. Who is to blame?

Administration bodies: However unaware of the goings-on on campuses, do not take all the blame. There are too many people and factors all around that propagate the ill behavior.

Wayward student union leaders: This has a lot to do with the administration, but one would imagine that student leaders take up the positions because of noble courses: this is not always the case. Unfortunately, some of the ‘big people’ who recruit the student agents go through the student union leaders.

The students: Surely they cannot say they have never encountered drug addicts and seen clear pictures of the consequences of drug abuse, or at least heard what eventually happens to drug dealers no matter how put-together they may be. Those contemplating dealing or abusing the various substances have the law; mental, financial, social, intellectual, physical and even spiritual instability and premature deaths to contend with, simply stated.

Parents: Some parents insist on being their children’s best friends at the expense of being respected and taken seriously when it comes to real life situations. Still, some remain strict. I say strictness rules when the matter is as grave as drug use and dealership.

The media: The media, especially through programmes aired, makes certain vices seem alright, and the extent keeps getting worse.

This has been said over and over again, but since nothing seems to change, and since censorship efforts are minimal, parents and individuals alike might want to take that parental guidance feature on their remote controls more seriously, and simply exercise some degree of self-restraint.

Read more: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-193437/inside-world-kenyan-campus-drug-dealers