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Clinton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition works to prevent and stop emerging drug trends in and around Clinton County, Michigan.
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EMERGING DRUG TRENDS

 

Our Clinton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has a special focus on the prevention of drug, chemical, tobacco or alcohol use by youth, and in supporting “Protective Factors” that help young people resist risky behaviors in our schools and our communities. This includes staying on the forefront of emerging drug trends so we can eliminate any opportunity for them to enter our county.

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FLAKKA

Flakka, is a new, cheap synthetic cathinone drug that was originally popular in Florida, but has since made its way into Michigan. Flakka (also commonly called Gravel or Alpha- PVP) is sold in the form of white crystals and looks similar to bath salts. Users can eat, snort, inject or vaporize Flakka in a e-cigarette device. Due to the quick absorption into the bloodstream, users who use Flakka are at a high risk for overdosing. Side effects include hyper-stimulation, paranoia, rapid increase in body temperature, hallucinations and violent outbursts. Effects from using can last several hours or up to 2 days.

*Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control
*Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control

E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes may not have tobacco in them, although, this new trend is still deadly – e-cigarettes contain cadmium (like in batteries), along with 10 other known carcinogens.

E-cigarettes, also commonly known as vaporizers, cloud pens and e-hookahs fill an individuals lungs with carcinogens and they are illegal if you’re under 18. E-cigarettes are just as addictive as regular tobacco products – and has a lot of the same chemicals found in them as old-fashioned cigarettes.