CyberSuicide and Cyberbullying

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I was just floored. As I get older I think nothing can just shock me down to my toes and make be turn colors but as I live longer, I find that this is just not true.  Is is the holiday time that brings about so much strife and depression in the lives of people.  Everyone is looking for someone to love, connect with and feel a part of anywhere, anytime, by any means necessary.

Well yesterday a college youth took his life he was bipolar and on medication.  Abraham Biggs wrote a suicide note stating how much he hated life and himself and wanted it all to end. While on streaming video @ Justin.tv he video taped himself engulfing a handful of his medication while gradually the last breathe of life escaped his body while he was taping himself.

The chatroom to his session was open while people thought it was a joke, some were egging him on, some were cracking jokes. The news has stated that it may have been different if someone was in the room with him and they most more than likely would have stopped him form committing suicide.

The video stopped streaming as the police was called by someone taking an active part. When the local police got there Bigss was dead.

There is so much to this that is just outrageous, wrong and bizarre it really just infuriates me. Since when did we as a country take someone talking about killing themselves as a joke? We have schools that have no tolerance rules for kids bring weapons, drawing weapons, or even talking about weapons where they can be suspended or expelled from school.

He was depressed beyond what we could imagine. We have no idea what it means to be bipolar and on bipolar medication. Unless you have the condition you just don’t understand.

Abraham Biggs, 19, died Wednesday from a toxic combination of opiates and benzodiazepine, a drug used to treat insomnia and depression, said Wendy Crane, an investigator with the Broward County medical examiner’s office. At least one of the drugs was prescribed to him and it’s unclear how he got the others, Crane said.

Granted those watching may have not know about his condiion but to instigate, joke, poke, cyber-harass this college student is just deplorable regardless.  Cyberbullying yet again assist in taking another life. From my previous blog post about Cyberbullying.

It just shows how this menace is still prevalent, increasing and being unchecked in our society. How many more lives must this phenomenon assist in claiming a life?

Here is a memorial page I found for the college youth

His myspace page has been I am sure taken down as condolensences have poured in.

His family is devasted. Pray for his family.

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Fads….. Strawberry Quick and Cheese Part Two

Well as stated in part one. I would come and post about some small solutions to this growing menace as mentioned in part one. You can get up to speed about this new issue here @ Fads….Strawberry Quick and Cheese P1

Hopefully you have had a chance to read part one of this two part blog series about fad drugs that are on the increase among teens.

At the end of the Doctors show I viewed on yesterday there was help for the teens that were on the show. Help ranged from detox to enrollment into a drug program for the teens. Help for their families was also included as we very well know that the whole family is effected in one way or another with a drug addiction and all need healing help. I was very glad to see that but thought, what about those teens, children and parents not on the show?

I felt compelled to do something anything no matter how big or small. This is just a start I am not saying that this will solve the problem but just maybe it can chip away at it enough to make a difference.

I hope that you will also feel compelled to do something anything to help. If it’s only to talk to your teen or groups of teens about these fads that are increasing.

To let you know currently there is an act in our government called
the Saving Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act.

The act is awaiting legislative approval of Congress, and a final step of signing by the president before the bill is passes as law. I am sure President-Elect Obama is aware of this and it will pass into law.

Senators Feinstein and Grassley introduced legislation to penalize drug dealers who market candy-flavored meth to children.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein has joined with Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa to sponsor a bill in congress that would make it a federal crime to appeal to children with candy-flavored meth or other drugs. Feinstein said that substances like “Strawberry Quick” are “…designed to get people to try it a few times. It’s all about hooking young people, and we have to stop this practice before it grows any further.”

Locally we can talk about this to educators, administrators and counselors of our schools systems.

Take this to your PTA meetings and see if they can help with educating your local school communities. Perhaps your school community could sponsor or orchestrate a program or a parent workshop about these fad drugs.

Maybe your local school system may be open to a program or an added lesson in a health class. Contact your local school principals and school boards.

Involve your local police to come and speak about it to students and parents.

Talk to your local city council at a city council meeting they may institute something for the community at large.

Contact your Senator or House Representative. I am sure they are aware of the Saving Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act.

Find your State Senators here
Find your State House of Representative here

Show your support by asking that they vote to pass the bill.

I have started an online petition (click the below image) to ask Congress when they reconvene for session, to vote “yes” to pass the act. If you feel this is important enough for a law to be enacted for the protection of our children and teens join me in letting Congress know how we feel as American people for the protection of our children and teens.

Crystal Meth petition

Should you have any suggestions of your own please let me know by posting a comment. You may never know who will see this and will be compelled also to action.

Finally I hope this has been an eye opener for you as it is for me. If you do nothing else just talk to your children/teens. The more we talk openly, honestly and immediately the better chance we have of chipping away at this new twist of a menace to society.

Talk to a child/teen they are asking for our help now.

You are dying, what would your last words be?

I was reading my Sunday newspaper and came across an article about this video below that talks about continuing to strive despite the odds that you are dealt.  What resonated with me was that we can’t control the cards that are dealt in life but we can choose how we play our cards.

Randy Pausch who had cancer that was eroding at his pancreas. On September 18, 2007 this computer science professor, in front of an audience of over 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University delivered a lecture called. “Really achieving your childhood dreams.” Randy shared with the audience about his cancer and that he only had months to live.  His lecture was energetic, cheerful, and darkly funny. He was lecturing like the world was his.

This lecture video that I recommend you watch is an inspiration to the book that he wrote based on the same principles.

Sadly, Randy lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on July 25th, 2008, but his legacy will continue to inspire us all, for generations to come.

How listening can effect your heart.

I was watching my local news and came across this little tidbit. I was waiting for this to come. I knew it had to be sometime soon.  Health experts have found that those i pod ear buds or other mp3 player headphones or other ear buds like it have been interfering with the mechanisms in pacemakers or similar heart devices.  Causing irregularities with the functioning of those types of devices.

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i pod ear buds

This has been a public health annoucement!

Fads….. Strawberry Quick and Cheese


Yesterday I was watching television and came across a new show called The Doctors, that I like and will be tuning in on from time to time. I was glued to my television for 60 minutes in pure astonishment and awe.

When I first heard the the show lead in, I thought wow what has Nestle (TM) done with their milk mix? Little did I know I was in for the a huge surprise.

I was totally engulfed with the reporting of the increasing drug usage fads, called Strawberry Quick/Cheese/Beer Butt Bongs/Vodka nose shots/Vodka soaked tampons or suppositories, that are used by some teens.

After the show I did so research about this, being a parent of a teen I wanted to know more. I found that these fads started gaining momentum around 2005 and found that some kids as early as 6 years of age have been using one or more of these types of fad drugs.

Salvia..the new grass

Wikipedia states…..

Salvia divinorum can be chewed, smoked, or taken as a tincture to produce experiences ranging from uncontrollable laughter to much more intense and profoundly altered states. The duration of effects is much shorter than that of other, more well-known psychedelics; the effects of smoked salvia typically last for only a few minutes. The most commonly reported after-effects include an increased feeling of insight, an improved mood, a sense of calmness, and an increased sense of connection with nature—though, much less often, it may also cause (unpleasant or uncomfortable mood).

Guess what the situation may be subject to future change but at present Salvia divinorum remains legal in most countries. Exceptions as of June 2008, countries where there is some form of control, include Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Sweden.

Strawberry Quick/Quik

Methanphedamine is cut with strawberry quick/quck from the Nestle (TM) powder mix used for flavoring milk . Different flavors can be used to minimize the acidic bit that one gets when getting high with meth. The drug, which also comes in cola, cherry and orange flavors are used.

An Associated Press story published in newspapers across the U.S. on May 1, 2007 focused on discoveries of what appeared to be a strawberry-flavored children’s drink at the scene of an illegal meth lab. It has come to be known as “Strawberry Quick.” It has no connection with the popular Nestle QUIK flavored milk products now renamed Nestle Nesquik.

You see meth has a bitter acidic taste and the makers of the drug use sweet products to take the edge off that acidic bitter taste and make it more appealing to first time users. Candy, lollipops, sweet flavored powdered products can even be used.

The article said that the “Strawberry Quick” angle came to light in January when the Nevada Department of Public Safety issued a warning about it.

The Strawberry meth has been reported in several states including Missouri, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Texas, Nevada, and California.

Although experts say it is not been made that way just for the purpose of introducing it to children, I would argue that because of the sweet taste and candy-like appearance there is great concern about it being more attractive to children and teens. Of course giving it a sweet taste and a harmless-sounding name is a marketing technique to ease it into the hands of any potential victim it can be attractive more so to a teen or young children.

My mouth was hanging open when this show was on yesterday, I was floored I couldn’t stop saying OMG!. Not to mention that has been going on for sometime but the fact that it has increased, told me that our children/teens are crying out for help. The state of our country, fast paced growing technology, the need to keep up, be the best, fastest and most advanced, loss of jobs, effect children and teens. They are acting out dangerously. Columbine and so many incidents like it come to mind here.

This increasing phenomenon struck me deeply knowing the things that some teens are doing to themselves to escape pain and hurt in one way or another.

Could it be peer pressure among themselves (as we all at some point or time have been subjected to)? Could it be curiosity? Could it be I want to be cool and be like my friends? Could it be I don’t want to be the odd one out? Could it be I just want to feel better, happy and free? Could it be I want attention from anyone anywhere? Could it be I have been bullied towards this?

I thought more as the show went on to expose other increased fad drugs that are being used by some teens.

Vodka Nose Shots/Vodka Tampons/Suppositories

This is where a shot of vodka (and I am sure it could be other alcoholic beverages also) is ingesting by nose a short sniff or snort instead of drinking it. Ouch I thought when I saw this 17 year old girl on the show demonstrate this on a home video she brought to the show. She got started on this when she went to abroad. She didn’t seem to be worried about it, she stated, “No I wasn’t worried about the dangers I was with my friends.” When she got back to the states her friends wanted to know how it was done, she showed them, and the cycle continued.

Tampons and suppositories have also been soaked with vodka to get high. Dangerous ground some teens are treading. Again my mouth was just hanging open from the shock of this. I was constantly asking myself why are these teens doing this to themselves? Please someone help them. As I continued watching the show more was availed to me.

Beer “Butt” Bongs

Well I’m not going into too much detail here about this one but let me say that the orifice where the end of the bong is placed is not beer friendly.

To add more insult to injury more drug fads were revealed.

Cheese

Wikipedia states…

Cheese, the new heroin, is a heroin-based recreational drug that came to the attention of the media inside and outside the United States after a string of deaths among adolescents in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, between 2005 and 2007.cheese is formed by combining heroin with crushed tablets of certain over-the-counter cold medication, such as Tylenol PM. Such cold medications contain acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, and the antihistamine diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl.
Users commonly take the powder by insufflation rather than by intravenous injection. Another less common term for this mixture is “Tylenol With Smack” by analogy to the Tylenol With Codeine series.

I was constantly asking, why? It seems that this was a way to get high quickly and more intense but mostly quickly. Rather than waiting for the substance to go through the body system. The show stated that the blood vessels that are present in the anal, nose, vaginal cavities were more abundant and was a more direct route to the bloodstream where instant euphoric results could be obtained.

Think about it the nose and sinus cavities are up against the frontal lobe of the brain. Tissue is enriched with blood vessels the substance has direct route to those blood vessels and the results are faster and more potent.


Does this leave you astonished, numb, or saying it’s just a sign of the times? Are you aware of this, shall we ignore this, or jump in anywhere no matter how small and be educated about this a talk about it with our teen openly,honestly no holds barred, and responsibly. I can bet you that the drug dealers are talking why can’t we? The teens of today are this country’s future they are needed in society to carry on and make better for us all.

Stay tuned for Par Two of this astonishing reveling story. I hope to be able to post some suggestions of what can be done. I am sure that if you think long and hard enough you will come up with a few yourself and will feel compelled to comment about them in Part Two of this small blog series of Fads….Strawberry Quick and Cheese.

Barack-in and Bar-ollin the Economy!

I was glad to see in the news this morning that President-elect Obama is getting right to business with addressing the state of the economy. From the associated press it seems that President-elect is getting busy and taking no prisoners to address this horrid state our country is in at present. He is gathering and probably speaking as I am writing this with key financial and academia authorities like Xerox, Time Warner, Google about what the government is going to do about our economy. Key figures, my favorite Warren Buffet will also be participating via phone a who endorsed President-elect Obama during his campaign.


President-Elect Barack Obama in Chicago full story


Barack Obama

Not only is President-elect Obama meeting with key financial and academia figures but he is also asking the American people for their help and opinions of what the government should do about the economy. Now if this isn’t true democracy being practiced I don’t know what is. If you are so inclined to let our President-elect out ,as he asked for in his acceptance speech on Tuesday night, then here is the web site where you can do that.

Go to President-elect Obama’s official website to help him out he is asking us!

I just love this when over the past decade has any president asked for help from the public and sincerely meant it? I am so excited for us as a country and feel that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Although we realize it will be a long run because of our countries current state. I am willing to do my part as an American citizen to help solve some of these issues no matter how small. I believe that if each of us does at least one thing to help our government heal us we will be much better off. There are alot of people that want to get on board with this. As President-elect Obama says, “Join us”!

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What happened to YOU at the polls?

I would love to hear what happened to you at the polls good, bad, indifferent. Make sure you say the state you voted in and the specifics about the voting location when you are commenting to this post. I may decide to send this information to each Secretary of State to let them know what gives. Well I am off to call the board of elections in my state and let them know about what happened to me at the polls. Check out my post here: A scan-ty vote Let me hear it! 🙂