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New drug trends are making it harder for parents to identify drug abuse in young people.
Drugs are being manufactured and targeted toward kids by using bright colors and household names to disguise their harmful effects. More young people are getting their hands on their parents or grandparents prescription medications.
"In some cases they're going to parties where you either they're called skittle parties or pharm parties where you throw all of the pills into a bowl and then they kind of take whatever color they like to see the effect of it," said Muskingum Behavioral Health Executive Director Steve Carrel.
These so-called "skittle parties" can have long-lasting consequences because kids don't know what they are taking. Carrel urges parents to be aware of any changes in their children's mood or behavior and be vigilant when they are out with friends.
"If young people are going out and partying and taking these meds that weren't prescribed for them, alcohol and pain killer combined can be lethal even before you know it," said Carrel.
Carrel says it's time to take a stand against teen drug abuse.
"We need to create a community that says no this is not allowed. And we're not going to necessarily punish everybody that gets involved, we're going to offer them help and support that help."
Carrel says one of the things that's going to happen very soon in the community is the establishment of people who want to address drug and alcohol problems. The coalition will work with law enforcement and create programs within schools to combat these dangerous drug trends.
To get more information visit the Muskingum Behavioral Health website http://www.mbhealthoh.rg/