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Step Up Anderson Township is a community action project focused on the prevention of substance abuse and is committed to standing by students and families in finding help.

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Vaping - What you need to know

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aersol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by e-cigarette or similar device.

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Fentanyl Poisoning

DEA officials report a dramatic rise in the number of fake pills containing at least 2mg of fentanyl, which is considered a deadly dose.

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High Potency Marijuana

The Harms to an adolescent Brain

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The Loperamide Trend

Written by: The Tall Cop, Jermaine Galloway

Opioids continue to be one of the main trending drugs nationwide. From small to large communities, opioids remain readily available, but there is an alternative drug that works just like an opioid - Loperamide.
Loperamide is a non-prescription (over-the-counter), anti-diarrhea drug that comes in the form of a pill, tablet, or liquid; mainly sought after and used for “upset stomach”, the public knows it as Imodium.
What some don’t realize is the value that Loperamide can carry for those who might be abusing opioids, are going through opioid withdrawals, or are attempting to avoid detection during a drug test. Loperamide, in VERY high (dangerous) doses, works very similar to opioids in the body. When used in this very high dose many have reported “it feels similar to heroin”.
Most Loperamide pills contain 2 milligrams each. Abusers of this drug may use up to 150 pills to achieve this similar high. Class attendees in the mental health and law enforcement fields have provided valuable feedback regarding this trend. During one class, in a rural Midwest city, a provider shared a story about an elderly patient (over 70 years old) who would use Loperamide in very high doses when she could not get a prescription for pain medication.
Keep in mind that Loperamide is not expensive, readily available, and sold at retail outlets in most cities, including very rural areas. Furthermore, a person can purchase large amounts of this drug and it is not reported, monitored, or tracked. Providing education for parents, communities, and schools is essential since not many people realize that Loperamide can work similar to opioids.
This trend has remained popular for many years; there are FDA warnings dating back to 2016 highlighting the dangers of Loperamide
In closing, Loperamide in high doses, is a drug of concern that is being used and abused in communities. Training is key. “You can’t stop what you don’t know.”
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We all know that kids face difficult choices. Every day they are met with potential distractions, and any one of these distractions —if pursued — can have real consequences in their lives.

One of the primary skills that aids young people in navigating potential distractions is goal-setting.

Research has shown that young people who set goals are less likely to make choices based on short-term distraction and are more likely to set a course for long-term success. That’s directly relevant for making healthy choices regarding substances.

Just ask Queen Harrison, World Champion sprinter and hurdler, who talks in this powerful Natural High video about how goal-setting gave her the focus she needed to make the right choices and to avoid drugs and alcohol, and how she knew that if she were to use drugs and alcohol, it would interfere with all of her life goals.

In the video Queen says, “Once you put a goal in your head and realize that doing alcohol or drugs is only going to take you away from that goal, it makes it so much easier to annihilate those things out of your life.” watch her video here www.naturalhigh.org/storyteller/queen-harrison-world-champion-hurdler-sprinter/?inf_contact_key=8...
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We all know that kids face difficult choices. Every day they are met with potential distractions, and any one of these distractions —if pursued — can have real consequences in their lives.

One of the primary skills that aids young people in navigating potential distractions is goal-setting.

Research has shown that young people who set goals are less likely to make choices based on short-term distraction and are more likely to set a course for long-term success. That’s directly relevant for making healthy choices regarding substances.

Just ask Queen Harrison, World Champion sprinter and hurdler, who talks in this powerful Natural High video about how goal-setting gave her the focus she needed to make the right choices and to avoid drugs and alcohol, and how she knew that if she were to use drugs and alcohol, it would interfere with all of her life goals.

In the video Queen says, “Once you put a goal in your head and realize that doing alcohol or drugs is only going to take you away from that goal, it makes it so much easier to annihilate those things out of your life.” watch her video here https://www.naturalhigh.org/storyteller/queen-harrison-world-champion-hurdler-sprinter/?inf_contact_key=87953b156546fa854b05124a850544c016358d5485884e2f31e6019a0d26c8b0
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