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Wellness Spotlight: Opioid crisis among youth
Posted on 04/26/2022

Vaping is increasingly popular with our children and we want to make families aware of Fentanyl, the potentially fatal ingredient that has recently been found in vape devices across the nation. One of the best ways to protect kids from substance abuse is by having regular and open conversations to educate them about the risks. Listen to them without judgment. Also, monitor their social media use. Drugs are often offered by someone that they know, or a stranger that they meet on social media.

Fentanyl is 100 X more potent than morphine 50 X more potent than heroin. Fentanyl cannot be detected by taste or smell, but can be lethal even just by handling it because it can be absorbed through the skin. The drug can come in the form of pills, powder, vapes, lollipops, etc.

Watch for changes in their behavior including:
-irregular eating or sleeping pattern
-slow energy
-general signs of depression or anxiety
-unusual irritability
-slipping grades
-lack of interest in activities that they once loved
-drastic clothing style changes

If you notice a change, ask about it. Trust your instincts. It is never too early to talk to your children about the dangers of illicit drugs.

-Remind your children to only take pharmaceutical pills prescribed by their physician, and only take them as directed.
-Make sure your children understand not to share or sell medicines and do not buy medications not prescribed to them.
-All medications on campus must be stored in the nurse's office unless special arrangements with the nurse and documentation is on file.
-It is a crime for students to possess nicotine or nicotine products.
-Having THC on school property may result in felony charges.

Calhoun County ISD Health Services is here to help students who feel addicted to vaping devices. Any student who would like help with any type of addiction is encouraged to speak with their school nurse.

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