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Snurf: Adorable Name, Deadly Drug: Page 2

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Here are few ways kids are getting high on the sly:

Called the "new LSD," Salvia Divinorum is legal in all but eight states.  Salvia Divinorum is a Mexican herb that's being packaged as "incense," but kids smoke or chew it like tobacco to get high. Its leaves can also be boiled to make an intoxicating tea. The effects include hallucinations, out-of-body experiences, unconsciousness and short-term memory loss.

Some kids have raided the spice rack and are smoking nutmeg, which can cause hallucinations, visual distortions and a mild euphoria. Large doses are dangerous--potentially inducing convulsions, palpitations, nausea, eventual dehydration and generalized body pain.

Another chilling way to get high? Kids are using the Freon from air-conditioner units to get high by placing a plastic bag over their head. Then they fill the bag with Freon gas. It's heavier than oxygen--so it forces the oxygen out of the bag, leaving only the dangerous gas. The long-term effects include damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs and brain.

Reuters reported that two teens in France were hospitalized for "huffing" mothballs. The term "bagging" has been used to describe the habit. Experts said the high is short-lived--making it easy for kids because it wears off quickly. Another reason kids are using mothballs is because they are accessible, easy to find and are in many homes. The effects of this practice are staggering: Mental impairment, loss of coordination and scaly skin may be symptoms of mothball abuse.

To get an expert opinion on how you can steer your kid away from drug experimentation, go to Snurf: Adorable Name, Deadly Drug: Page 3.

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