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 natureโ€”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! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Scan-ty Vote!

Well I have been waiting for this day for along time as I am sure most have been. The ads, the debates, the campaigning, I am sure has us all a little weary as well as the candidates. So I hope that you are reading this either before or after you have voted. Makes no difference when just make sure that you get to be heard in this historical election.

I just had to quickly come and blog about this. I all my years of being a voter and a part of the attentive public have I been so disguised. Some may think all no big deal pull up your big girl panties as a friend tell me, lol!

This is something to think about, I was totally uncomfortable with the location of where I voted. Not the building but my seating arrangement. Yes most of us vote standing up but I had for the first time in my voting life had the opportunity to sit down. Wow you say, well it was cramped and I had to interrupt another voter in order to get to my seat. Might I say that this was not well thought out. The idea is good but needed some more tweaking because there are those that need to sit due to ailments, handicaps and I thing this was all inclusive of them.

What really concerns me is that, I feel that my vote won’t be counted due to the scanning machine.

My Mom went with me to vote as well. I finished voting after changing my sitting at another seat due to the fact that the table was not conducive for filling out a ballot, ugh! Not only was it loud, I mean the poll workers were talking about their personal business while voters were reading their ballots and trying to concentrate.Eventually someone ask them to please refrain from discussing their personal business and keep the conversation to the voting genre.

Unbelievable, I mean it’s cool to talk some but not the appropriate place to discuss your groceries and grocery bill, your son’s pool, the neighbors dog. I kid you not here.

From what I understand conversation is limited to voting issues and they are to be alert for voters who may have questions, problems with voting, or concerns about their vote. Oh there was a conversation about if the media showed up then they (the poll workers) are to say nothing just make a note on the pink slip what channel they are from.

That can’t happen if the groceries, the phone bill, what they are having for dinner is a topic of discussion. It was twitter live, lol! ๐Ÿ˜‰ These poll workers in my opinion need the pink slip

Well it doesn’t stop there not only are you aggravated because your physical voting place is not comfortable to be accurate on your voting ballot but you are being distracted with necessary talk. Now it gets good. You take your ballot(s) up to the poll worker who then places the ballot(s) in the scanning machine. This is a machine and subject to error, error Will Robinson! Before my mom places her ballot in the poll worker is standing behind the machine and feeding a ballot in the machine. Now this could be a calibration ballot who knows but it brings about suspicion.

My mom asks, “Where’s the voter ?” The poll worker says loudly , “OOoops there is something wrong with this machine!” Then asks my mom to place her ballot in the machine. C’Mon!
This does not instill confidence in a new system at all. Especially for a senior citizen who is my mom. My mom politely told the poll worker no and not until she gets someone to come over here and take a look at this machine before she places her ballot in the scanner. Well someone did come over and say all was well. But the damage is done in the mind of the voter feeling that their vote will not count in this important election.

Well I just had to vent and tell you all to watch those scanner because your vote could be a scan-ty vote, lol!

Off to call the board of elections and inform them of this. Nothing maybe done but they need to know regardless.

Will let you know how that goes in another post later.

The update is…
Now that we have a new President and some of the fog is beginning to settle (mostly in my head) or should I say a twilight zone cloud that I have finally come down on, lol, I will update you on this post. I put the call into the board of elections and was told that they will be letting the B.O.E. troubleshooters know about it. Yes I felt a little skeptical about that (remembering the past, ugh).

All I can say is that someone was told hopefully. It was kind of cool watching the lady take down my name on the television, as I was talking to her. You see one of the local news stations had volunteer call in lines for reporting voting problems. As per the news on election night there were about 25 scanners reported defective and all where fixed except for 5, those were replaced. From the last news cast of the new President elect those scanners were for all of Stark, Cuyahoga, and Summit counties couldn’t say about the rest of the state of Ohio. So basically I would say that the B.O.E. was prepared statewide for messes, as we have known in the past to happen in key states. I feel better that my compliant was taken very seriously in the past historical momentous election. I really felt that someone sincerely cared about my vote for the first time in my voting life. ๐Ÿ™‚

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