The dangers of drug abuse and the risks associated with the desire to get high don’t just exist outside the front door. Properly maintaining the health and well-being of teens and children includes what’s going on inside the house.
Today’s modern home is filled with items that contain chemicals, compounds, vapors, fumes and other undesirables. Many of these are ingredients your children can use to get an easy high on the cheap. While the combination of easy access and low price may seem appealing, getting high on household items carries serious health risks, not the least of which is sudden death.
Most of the household items that get you high exist in four rooms: the bathroom, the kitchen, the garage and the office. Let’s start with the bathroom, the room that quite possibly holds the greatest danger, a danger that lurks behind a behind a door that can’t be locked.
Why can some people use drugs and alcohol in moderation, but others become dependent? Why can some people stop after 2 glasses of wine with dinner, but others feel compelled to keep drinking? Drugs and alcohol are addictive substances, and people react differently to them. Some people who use drugs or alcohol do not become addicted. However, that does not mean there is no risk of addiction associated with each use.
So what sets apart people with addictions from others? The answer is that some people have addictive personalities, which make them more susceptible to addiction.
What is an Addictive Personality?
An addictive personality is a set of personality traits that make addiction more likely. Addictions can come in a wide range of forms, including drugs, alcohol, gambling, exercise, pornography and more. Uniting these addictions is the repeated use of pleasurable activities to cope with stress, pressure and conflict.
Alcohol and marijuana are the most commonly abused psychoactive substances in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Talk to any adult or visit any college campus, and chances are you won’t have too much trouble finding someone who has been drunk and high at the same time.
Even though one of these substances is legal and the other is common, that doesn’t mean they’re safe. Abuse patterns demonstrate a real danger of addiction.
What You Need to Know About Abuse of Alcohol
Alcohol may be legal, but it is also an extremely powerful drug that negatively affects health and well being — even in moderate quantities. Habitual drinkers usually must start drinking more to get the same effects. This is called tolerance, and as tolerance increases, so does the risk of physical addiction.
In physically addicted people, drinking alcohol is necessary simply to feel normal.
Suspected Home Drug Lab Explosion Causes $300K in Damage (NBC Los Angeles)
Making Butane Hash a Lethal Mix in Home Drug Labs (Los Angeles Times)
Do You Live Near a Meth Lab? (CNN Money)
These headlines are just a few of the most recent news stories reporting the death and destruction that happens when illicit drug manufacturers make drugs at home.
How BHO Explosions Occur
THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and the building block of butane hash oil (BHO), also known as honey oil. Normal marijuana contains about 35 percent THC — butane hash oil contains 90 percent or more THC.
Butane hash oil is typically used in a vaporizer, which provides a smokeless and odorless way to get high. It is also several times more powerful than normal marijuana. Little is known about the effects of butane hash oil on health — with the exception of its production, which is extremely dangerous.