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Teen with 7 drug addictions reveals life on the street

Inspirations Teen drug addiction chronicles is an on-going series based on real-life teen stories of our clients about drug and alcohol abuse. In this edition, Inspirations for Youth and Families (IYF) interviewed a teen about his experience with teen drug abuse and how he existed on the mean streets of Ft. Meyers, Florida before coming to IYF to treat his seven drug addictions.

Once you get into meth it is game over. You are done. There is no turning back. The rate of relapse is 90 percent

Inspirations Teen on the danger of Meth

If you thought Walter White, the fictitious character on the AMC television hit “Breaking Bad,” was an expert on drugs (at least meth), wait to you hear Justin reveal his in depth knowledge of the chemical composition and usage of teen drugs in this edition of Inspirations Teen drug addiction chronicles.

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

Inspirations for Youth and Families: Can you tell me what you know about teen opiate abuse and its painful withdrawal?

Inspirations Teen: Oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone are basically all heroin and are more addictive than heroin because people do not see anything wrong with it. Chemically they are not more addictive, but people are more drawn to them because they see them as okay and harmless fun. But in reality, any opiate can give you opiate withdrawals and you feel sick as heck for a week and feel like you want to die. You feel like you are dying but you are just getting clean. It is so bad that most people can’t go through it without suboxone, subutex, or methadone.

Inspirations for Youth and Families: How do you find these drugs as a teen?

Inspirations Teen: You go to the hood and tell them you need your fix and you will find it. That is all you need to do. Go car hopping. Find a prescription in the car.

Inspirations for Youth and Families: Isn’t there a danger in doing this?

Inspirations Teen: Yes you can get shot and robbed. The reality is 99 percent of the time they will sell you a drug and charge you a little more if they don’t know you or they may give you a little more than you paid for. This way they will keep you coming back for more over and over again until you are their puppet.

Inspirations for Youth and Families: Besides Opiates what other drugs have you seen on the street?

Inspirations Teen: I see ADHD stimulants like adderall and vyvanse that are sold five dollars apiece and for some people it is like giving them meth. Then when you get hooked on ADHD meds you think this is not working like it used to and so you try something like Amphetamine Salt, which are weaker than meth, but not as addictive. They are still highly addictive. And once you get into meth it is game over. You are done. There is no turning back.

The rate of relapse is 90 percent. And with all the ADHD medicine that is given out each day, all a teen has to do is go in a parent’s medicine cabinet and take a couple of their brother or sister’s ADHD medication prescriptions once in a while until they are doing it more often. Then they move over to Molly which is really meth and you get hooked on to that amphetamine high really bad.

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