Our modern medicines have the power to save lives-as well as the potential to destroy futures. Young people are particularly susceptible to prescription drug abuse. Generation RX, written by experienced drug and mental health professional Rebecca Janes, uncovers today's drugs of choice, how to spot their use, and what to do if they are being abused. In clear and concise language, this book arms parents with information that can help them save their child's life from a scourge that might be lurking right inside a medicine cabinet. You'll learn:
* The basics on dozens of major prescription drugs-from brand names to street monikers-and how they're abused
* The latest information on "hot highs" that weren't around when you were in school, including the abuse of Adderall and other ADHD medications
* The lowdown on "club drugs" like GHB and ecstasy; performance-enhancing steroids; and the growing danger of inhalants
* Why over-the-counter drugs like NyQuil can pose a big risk of abuse
* Ways to approach someone to encourage them to get the help they need
* Up-to-date information on treatment options
Drug abuse increasingly undermines our culture; devastating families, and ruining the potential of many of our "best and brightest" young people. But your child doesn't have to be the next victim. Generation RX is a must-read wake-up call for all parents who seek to keep their children safe and healthy.
OPIATES-FROM RECREATION TO ADDICTION
Of course, kids don’t start by using pills every day. They are given one pill to try, or they find some in the medicine cabinet. They find out it takes the edge off, helps them feel good, and helps them sleep. They start taking them occasionally, until one day they wake up feeling like they are coming down with the flu. At that point they have developed a habit- and their body doesn’t see any difference between the pills and heroin.
So, for awhile, they can sustain their habit with pills; but as opiate habits will do, tolerance for the drug will grow. They will need an increasing amount, not to get high anymore, but just to feel “normal”, to not feel the onset of an overwhelming sickness.
So, what will happen? After they beg, borrow or steal for awhile to buy pills? If they don’t get into treatment, they will soon have a friend or dealer tell them that heroin is a lot cheaper. They may start by sniffing it. But shooting it is cheaper.
The struggle to not feel sick has become a daily ordeal…”
About Rebecca Janes,LMHC, LADC
Rebecca Janes is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She holds a Masters in Expressive Therapies from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Janes has worked for twelve years at a methadone clinic in New Bedford, and has a private practice in Westport, Massachusetts. She is certified in EMDR, and works with children, individuals and couples with problems including trauma, depression, anxiety, phobias, and anger, as well as addiction and relationship issues.