A Skittles Party is defined as a party where a bunch of teenagers or young adults get together with a lot of random pills, usually taken from their parents medicine cabinets. They put them all into a pile and every one takes a few, you don’t know exactly what you take. At a Skittles party, kids unload the medicine cabinet of prescription and non-prescription drugs into a party bowl. These pills are consumed by the handfuls, much like Skittles candy, with no regard for the inherent risk of drug interactions. These types of “parties” in addition to the abuse of prescription drugs in general, represent a growing trend among teenage drug abusers.
While use of illegal substances like speed, heroin and pot has declined over the past decade, according to a report issued three weeks ago by Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), abuse of prescription drugs has increased sharply. Drug counselors across the U.S. are beginning to hear about similar pill-popping parties, which are part of a rapidly developing underground culture that surrounds the rising abuse of prescription drugs by teens and young adults.
It’s a culture with its own lingo; Bowls and baggies of random pills often are called “trail mix,” and on Internet chat sites, collecting pills from the family medicine chest is called “pharming.” Some that are attending Skittles parties are getting high on random pills, while others write down recipes of different pills to take as a “drug cocktail.” As a result emergency rooms are seeing more and more teens that are coming in because of the mixture of drugs they have taken. There have also been more and more teen deaths that have resulted from prescription drug use.
Prescription Overdose Data
According to statistics one third of emergency room visits that were drug related were because of prescription overdoses. This is according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
With 8 million people mis-using prescriptions in the country, the rate of abuse of these drugs is increasing at a rate that is more than alarming.
The biggest issue is how it is affecting the youth with nearly 5 million teenagers trying prescription drugs non-medically. The most commonly abused prescriptions include Oxy Contin, Vicodin, Adderall and Ritalin.
Vicodin has been particularly popular in recent years; a study by the University of Michigan in 2005 found that nearly 10% of 12th-graders had used it in the previous year.
About 5.5% said they had used Oxy Contin. Both drugs are now more popular among high school seniors than Ecstasy or MDMA and cocaine.
Narconon News Prescription Drug Prevention Solutions
According to Narconon news, one form of prevention is for the parents to keep medicine locked up and take unwanted prescription drugs to designated drop sites. Prescription drugs are being prescribed these days at an ever-increasing rate. Everywhere you turn it seems that there is a new prescription drug for some everyday problem. In some cases it is painkillers for actual physical pain. In other instances, you have prescription drugs for more subjective illnesses, such as ADHD, which are being treated with drugs like Ritalin.
These drugs are being abused by the younger generation in the form of Skittles Parties and random pill popping in order to get high. One of the keys to prevention of this starts with parents, as they are the ones that generally have the most control over obtaining prescription drugs.
Even with prevention there are still those who are currently addicted to prescriptions. Narconon news and information indicates the longer you let a drug addiction go, the more difficult it is to quit using these substances. Rehabilitation through NA or Narconon is necessary to deal with the addiction.For more information on Narconon news contact us today.