Archive for December, 2010

Did Lindsay Lohan Sneak Out of Rehab to Get Alcohol?

Lindsay Lohan has been out of commission career-wise, but she is still manages to stir up controversy. The troubled star is in the news once again after an employee of the Betty Ford Center, where Ms. Lohan is currently staying on orders of the court, said that the actress allegedly assaulted her during an altercation.

Lindsay LohanA feature on People.com shared that the Betty Ford employee – chemical technician Dawn Holland – was fired within minutes after a video interview of her giving an account of the incident, along with a copy of her report, was posted on TMZ.com

The Betty Ford Center issued the following statement: “Regrettably, one of our employees violated strict confidentiality guidelines and laws by publically identifying patients in a media interview and by disclosing a privileged document.”

Holland alleged that Lindsay and two other patients “snuck out” of the Center to go drinking. A technician reportedly caught by a technician as they tried to “jump over the back wall” to the clinic house that they lived in. Holland was then asked to give them Breathalyzer tests.

It was at this point that Holland and Lohan allegedly had an altercation. Holland described the actress as “very angry and out of control.”

Holland recounted that Lindsay refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test all night, and that she had the smell of alcohol on her breath.

Shawn Chapman Holley, lawyer for Ms. Lohan, gave the following statement: “We are declining to comment on the underlying facts surrounding this incident, as we await the completion of the police investigation. It should be noted, however, that it was Ms. Lohan who called 911 to request police assistance at the time this incident occurred.”

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Popular Drug Slang Terms of 2010

The parents of today need to maintain two vocabularies – one that is for normal, everyday use, and one that involves drug slang terms that teens sometimes use to get away with drug use.

We would like to share with you some of the more popular drug slang terms used in 2010.

drugsCheese becomes more than just a dairy-based product, as it is also used to refer to a cocktail made up of heroin and Tylenol, which is marketed to the younger set. This mix is considered as low-grade heroin and can be bought very cheap, at $2 per tenth of a gram (one hit).

Strawberry Quick resembles the Nesquick flavor that is its namesake. It is, however, basically methamphetamine (meth) mixed with a fruity flavor and color. It has become popular among young users because the chemical taste of the drug is not that noticeable, and because it is relatively affordable – although not quite as cheap as cheese.

Molly, Smarties, Scooby snacks, candies and egg rolls are the common slang terms used to refer to ecstasy. These are normally sold in gelatin capsule form, and can come in capsules with images of hearts, smiley faces, and cartoons on the capsule.

Prescription drugs that are commonly abused also carry their own slang terms. “Blueberries” is the slang term used for Adderall, or for marijuana with a hint of blue. Eggs, on the other hand, are used to refer to Temazepam, normally prescribed for people with insomnia, but which abusers take by melting and injecting them to experience hypnotic effects. The anxiety pill Xanax was re-christened with the term “French fries.”

Other slang terms include cornbread (crack cocaine), butter sandwich (cocaine, slang normally used in the Philadelphia area), Skittles (Dextromethorphan), and Tic Tacs (Ambien).

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What Parents Should Know About Steroid Abuse

Being a parent was never easy, even more so now that there seems to be more dangers and temptations for our teenaged kids to fall for.

One of the things that parents should watch out for is abuse of anabolic steroids, which has gained popularity in recent years among high school students who would like to improve their abilities in sports, the way some professional athletes do.

Here are some signs and symptoms that parents should watch out for when it comes to anabolic steroid abuse.

steroid abuseA teenager who is taking anabolic steroids will undergo rapid weight gain – as much as 5 to 10 kg within the first 12 weeks of taking the drug. They will also show rapid muscle development, which is one of the main reasons why student athletes – even ones who are still in high school – take steroids to begin with.

Teenagers are known to be at that stage in their lives when they are most prone to acne, and this is made even worse with steroid intake. Anabolic steroids can cause severe acne on the face, arms, shoulders and upper back.

Beyond physical changes and symptoms, parents may also notice extreme personality changes in teenagers who are taking anabolic steroids. A teen on steroids may be happy or pleasant one moment, then suddenly erupts in anger and rage.

Other signs of anabolic steroid intake include the appearance of red and purple spots on the body (especially in the upper body), baldness, changes in the color of the skin, swelling of the face, excessively oily skin, and development of breast tissue in males.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Talking to Kids About Drugs

In a previous post, we shared with you the results of the Monitoring the Future survey, where it was revealed that there was an increase in the rates of pot smoking among teens.

parent teen talkA feature on U.S. Health News suggested that the best way to address this increase is to keep kids from experimenting with marijuana, and one of the steps that parents need to take in order to achieve that is by talking to them. Some experts share inputs regarding how this should be done, because talking to kids about drugs is a delicate task that, when done incorrectly, can achieve an opposite – and disastrous – effect.

Janet F. Williams, professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ committee on substance abuse, suggests treating a discussion about drugs to a young child in the same way that one would treat a safety issue, such as looking both ways before crossing the street. One can start about the dangers of smoking, and then move on to drugs such as marijuana, which can also bring harm to the body.

It is also suggested that parents take advantage of “teachable moments,” such as talking about a news story regarding a drug-bust and use that as a topic of conversation. It is also important to do research, as it is helpful to support talking about marijuana being addictive with fact-based research.

Things that parents should never do when talking to kids about drugs include lying, especially about their own experience with drugs. It is also not advisable to think that one conversation is enough.

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Winona Ryder on Prescription Painkillers

Those who were teenagers in the 90s will undoubtedly be very familiar with Winona Ryder, and there may be a number who had her poster tacked up on their walls or emulated her. These days, however, Hollywood no longer sees much of Ms. Ryder; but that doesn’t mean that she is all but forgotten.

Winona RyderShe is making a comeback of sorts, with a small but rather important role in the critically-acclaimed Black Swan. It is hard to imagine that Winona Ryder is now playing the role of the ingénue who is being replaced by the new young thing – in the case of Black Swan, Natalie Portman – but then we realize that despite her looks, Ryder is now all of 39.

Like any other star who became of age under the klieg lights – like Drew Barrymore – Winona Ryder had to fight personal battles under the public eye. One of these controversies involved $6,000 worth of Gucci and Marc Jacobs items – and an encounter with prescription drugs.

Winona is featured on the January 2011 issue of GQ, and she talked about, among other things, how “horrifying” it was to deal with addiction via Celebrity Rehab, and prescription pills.

Of prescription painkillers, Winona shared: “Yeah, those things. I think they’re more powerful than people think,” saying that while the impression is that heroin is the hardest drug to beat, pills can also be difficult to deal with.

Winona shared how breaking her arm (in 2001, on the set of Mr. Deeds) required her to take pills for about a month. “But then I just kept taking it for, like… maybe three more weeks. But the thing I do remember is that once my arm was okay and they were still there, you kind of like…”

The January 2011 issue of GQ is expected to be out on newsstands December 21.

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Seven Men Charged with Smuggling 11 Tons of Pot from Mexico

Seven men have been charged for their alleged involving in the smuggling of 11 tons of pot from Mexico, which were delivered to a warehouse in Chicago Heights in Illinois.

marijuanaAccording to a report on The Wall Street Journal, federal authorities were able to seize 21,800 pounds of marijuana from the warehouse, after these were delivered by six rail cars from Mexico. The street value of the pot was estimated at $22 million, and has been described as the largest seizure of marijuana in the Chicago area. Before this bust, the largest seizure happened in the early 2000s, with the interception of 8,000 pounds of marijuana.

The sting operation that led to the seizure of marijuana in the Chicago area began on November 17, in the rail yards of Eagle Pass, Texas. This was revealed in the 74-page complaint that was filed on Thursday in federal court in Chicago. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were able to uncover pot that was loaded on rail carsin bundles that were marked with the words “TITANIUM PIGMENTS OR,” through the help of drug-sniffing canines.

The U.S. Justice Department described each bundle as “encrusted in a thick layer of fine red masonry pigment dust.”

Documents that accompanied the shipment indicated that its origin was a company in Jalisco, Mexico. Its destination, still according to the accompanying documentation, was a company called Earth Minerals Corporation, in Illinois. There are, however, no public records of a company in Illinois that carried that name.

The seven men who were charged are as follows: Carlos Osvaldo Quintero, 31 years old; his father, Martin Quintero, 63; Felipe de Jesus Magana-Campos, 47; Eduardo Angel Zalayaran-Ruiz, 54; Javier Vera, 24; Miguel Cordova, 20; and Christian Gonzalez, 24.

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