In 2005 no one had even heard of a drug called "cheese". So new was this new drug that not even a school police officer had heard of it and not a soul thought it was factual. But today, everyone realizes that cheese is a real threat to our children, especially since 21 kids have died from a cheese overdose.
Cheese is derived from an old drug that is making a comeback on our streets and has found its way into our schools where it is killing our children. This old drug is heroin and cheese is its new name.
Cheese is a low-priced and extremely addictive drug that is offered to our children as a "recreational drug". Cheese is made by combining black tar heroin and crushed tablets of certain over-the-counter common cold medicines. Cheese heroin can be obtained for as little as $1 to $2 which makes it reasonably pricedfor kids. This dangerous new drug is being used by children as young as 12 years of age.
Cheese lets us know that those who sell drugs are getting ingenious with their market approaches. Black tar heroin is cooked with a spoon, mixed with a liquid and injected. But not many kids are fond of needles so heroin dealers invented cheese as an alternative to lure our kids to use the drug.
Cheese produces a ecstatic high and causes the addicted person to see things. It will cause heart and respiratory failure and can lead to loss of life. Because cheese is a mixture of depressants, after snorting cheese the addicted person may simply lie down, fall asleep and never wake up, therefore, the greatest risk of using cheese is death from an overdose.
Withdrawal symptoms from cheese may begin within twelve hours of using the drug. If the user survives, cheese will cause the user to get tired and lethargic, causing euphoria, incomprehension and sleepiness.
Selling drugs is big business and drug dealers are getting craftier when it comes to selling their product. Dealers of other drugs have been taking notes from these creative new heroin dealers and now there is a new drug called "Strawberry Quick" and like cheese, it is becoming very popularamongst school-aged kids.
Strawberry Quick is methamphetamine formulated for kids. Dealers combine Meth with Strawberry Kool-Aid to make it look more appealing and taste better. The drug even smells like strawberries and looks just like pop rocks (the candy that sizzles and 'pops' in your mouth). It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange.
Unfortunately, many kids will ingest Strawberry Quick thinking that it is candy and will end up in the ER. But we can make a difference by communicating the hazards of drug use to our children. Not talking about drugs to your children is by no means a guarantee that they will not get involved in using them. Here are some things you can do:
Educate- Use every available option to educate your children and yourself about drugs and addiction. Go online, visit the library and get information from drug management centers as well as area churches that have drug outreach ministries. Be knowledgeable about the signs, indicators and conduct of drug use.
Observe - Take note of your child's activities and habits. If there is a abrupt decline in grades, a unexpected loss of concern in activities or a unexpected change of friends your child may have a drug problem and you should act right away.
Be creative and present alternate options - See to it that your children do not have too much idle time; do not just leave your children to themselves. Many times children become occupied with drugs because of a lack of family activities. Get involved in their school activities and have regular family outings.
Drug dealers are stepping up their efforts to target your kids and build their clientele. As parents, you should make as much of an effort to keep them safe from drugs.
Eric Dunbar is the owner and editor of Golden Entrepreneur
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