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The “New Legal Highs” for Teens

Did you know that the new legal ‘high’ for teens is over-the-counter cough suppressant? Your teen knows. One in four teens knows someone who has tried cough medicine, commonly called ‘Triple C’s’, to get high. Teens have discovered that they can get high by taking large doses of any OTC medicine containing dextromethorphan also called DXM, DM, cough suppressant or …

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Methamphetamine: What is it and why is it dangerous?

Methamphetamine is a very potent central nervous system stimulant. The drug works directly on the brain and spinal cord by interfering with normal neurotransmission. Neurotransmitters are chemical substances naturally produced within nerve cells used to communicate with each other and send messages to influence and regulate our thinking and all other systems throughout the body. The main neurotransmitter affected by …

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Methamphetamine: How effective are current treatment programs?

This series of articles has provided a brief overview of methamphetamine – its effects on mind and body, social costs, the scope of the problem in Wyoming and Uinta County, and with today’s installment, treatment for those affected by the substance. Typically, drug treatment programs are divided into outpatient, where participants continue to live and work in their community, and …

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Methamphetamine: What are the real costs to society?

Usually when we hear the word “cost” we think in terms of money. Although there are significant monetary costs associated with methamphetamine abuse, there are also human costs to consider. The physical effects (brain damage, kidney and lung disorders, liver damage, and even death) as well as psychological damage (severe depression and at times paranoid psychosis) to meth users were …

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Methamphetamine abuse: Is there a problem in Wyoming?

My interest was piqued as Tom Pagel, chairman of the Governor’s Substance Abuse and Violent Crime Advisory Board and director of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), spoke on the topic in Evanston last March. He stated that since 1993, DCI has seen a rapid increase in availability and use of methamphetamine, and that methamphetamine investigations account for over …

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