Experts Say Homemade Drug Trend “Crunk” is Dangerous
May 17, 2012
There's a new drug trend, and it's something parents should be looking out for because teens are making the concoction in their kitchens. It's called "crunk," and it's a cocktail made from a dangerous mix of ingredients including over-the-counter cough syrup and non-prescribed prescription pills. This concoction is dangerous because, as Curtis Reece of drug rehab and prevention organization The Phoenix Center, explains, “a lot of prescription drugs act like narcotics." As central nervous system depressants, they slow down the heart and the central nervous system.
Reece believes that prescription drug abuse is more common because prescription drugs are so accessible. He says it's important for parents not to just lock them away from young children, but also from teens. To address this, the Phoenix Center has launched a community campaign with billboards across Greenville, North Carolina. These billboards remind parents to tell teens that prescription pills not used properly are also drugs and that even just experimenting can be dangerous.
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