The DEA has contacted news outlets in the last few weeks to alert agencies and schools of a growing problem of bath salts that are emerging as a growing risk for adolescents and young adults. Some officials fear that their effects could be as powerful as methamphetamines. These chemicals can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rate and suicidal thoughts. A small packet of the chemicals typically costs as little as $20. The Poison Control Center has received 236 phone calls just in the month of January. The chemicals are in products sold legally in stores or the internet as bath salts and plant foods.
HB 1548 by Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi) was filed on February 21, 2011. This bill will add certain synthetic substances to Penalty Group 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act. If you haven’t seen the new video, Caught In Addiction, check out the Texas Baptist web site. A special “thank you” to everyone who told their story in the video and shared their journey on the podcasts.
- April 14, 2011: Texans Standing Tall College Regional Forum, Arlington
- April 21: Adolescent Symposium, State wide program adolescent concerns
- October 23: Recovery Sunday
- October 24-28: Red Ribbon Week
Substance Abuse Resources:
- Check out the Addiction Ministry Education Network page on Facebook. Become a fan and you will receive updates about events and links to important news articles
- Check out our CLC Substance Abuse Ministry Podcasts
- Pathways to Prevention: A Substance Abuse Resource
- Hazelden, Resources for fighting drug addiction and restoring families
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