Just when parent’s and authorities think they have a handle on the crazy stuff that kids and teens will do in an effort to get high something new always comes along. There is a new trend in the US and it is quite perplexing, it is called “Skittles Party”. This may sound harmless but the exact opposite is actually true. Click here for a related article.
‘Skittles Party’ require that young people that plan to be in attendance basically raid their parents and grandparents medicine cabinets. They are looking for Ritalin, Tylenol with Codeine, Xanax, Vicodin, Adderall, Valium, or anything else that could possible offer a buzz. Then all of the pills are placed in a baggie. The individuals all take turns reaching into the bag and swallowing whatever pill they select.
Kids do not seem to have a clue that playing in this type of game could very well kill them and it can do it very quickly. The first line of attack is to have parents address this potential problem with their kids. Parents also need to talk to other parents about it and spread the word. This is not just a trend that is happening is low class or poverty neighborhoods, it is happening even in affluent ones too.
Here’s some things to help prevent a Skittles Party.
- Never leave anything accessible in cabinets that your child could get a hold of.
- Take extreme measures and put all medication in a lockbox.
- Keep an accurate and updated record of all household medications, including a count.
- Make certain that you know who your children’s friends are.
- Know where they are and where they are planning to meet.
- Stay in contact with your children’s friends parents.
It is going to take a group of concerned individuals to make a difference in the war on drug abuse among teens. In a 2005 survey by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 19% of U.S. teenagers reported having taken prescription painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin or stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall to get high.
These are staggering numbers and together a difference can be made in saving the lives of children across the country.