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PLEASE HELP stop teenage drug use in Havana

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Since: Dec 07

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#1 Oct 30, 2008
I just received an alarming email from a visitor to 62644.com regarding. This visitor asked me to try and get the word out about this problem and I need your help. Please read the contents of this email below and share your comments, your ideas on how to stop this, and of course to tell all your friends. There are a lot of dangerous materials out there that kids are experimenting with.

We have a SERIOUS problem with our havana kids taking controlled substance drugs that do NOT belong to them AND taking "triple C's" which is some kind of over the counter cough pills. My son's best friend overdosed a week ago today (friday) and had to be life flighted. This kid quit breathing a couple of times and had to be intubated. I found pills in a bubble gum wrapper in my son's room last Monday. Sources or rumors has it that at CVS had 10 boxes of this over the counter cough pills on their inventory, NOT one was sold...however ALL 10 boxes are missing from the shelf and "stolen". We need to get the word out to the parents to check our kids rooms and see/know who YOUR kids are hanging out with. Rumor has it that ANOTHER kid from Havana overdosed several days ago and was life flighted. I don't know if that is true or not. Also, I heard that ANOTHER one of our Havana kids is admitted in hospital out of town.
giving you some info

United States

#2 Oct 31, 2008
Triple C's (CCC) stands for Coricidin cold & cough, for high blood pressure. Triple c's are a disassociative drug, that when taken in high amounts, can cause a feeling of being over-excited, double vision, paranoia, and sometimes even hallucinations. it is a psychedelic drug, that messes with your perception. the main chemical, dxm (or dextromethorphan). Dextromethorphan is an oral cough suppressant available in the US without a prescription but which is sometimes abused as a recreational drug. Dextromethorphan (DXM) is chemically related to codeine and acts on the brain to suppress cough, but it does not have the pain relieving and addictive properties of codeine. DXM is an ingredient in more than 125 nonprescription cough and cold medications, including forms of Robitussin, Coricidin and Vicks.

Cough and cold medications containing DXM are becoming popular among teenagers and young adults looking for a high. Overdoses with DXM doubled from 2000 to 2003 in the US. DXM is safe in the 15- to 30-milligram doses recommended for treating coughs or colds. But in large doses (eg 100 milligrams or more), DXM can cause hallucinations and feelings of unreality. DXM diminishes the vitamin b12 in your brain, which can be a problem. IT also can cause heart failure and internal bleeding. Common names for coridicin cold and cough are: triple c's, skittles, red devils, red velvet, robo's, and robopills. they can become severely addicting, also.

Some of the signs of DXM abuse include confusion, impaired judgment, blurred vision, dizziness, paranoia, excessive sweating, slurred speech, seizures, fever, and nausea and vomiting. In some cases, overdoses and deaths have occurred.
Havana soldier mother

United States

#3 Oct 31, 2008
Thank you SO much for getting the word out before another child overdose or die. Some of the signs that I have experienced was spiteful hatred towards parents, running around with wrong crowds, "new" friends' name I never heard of, look for the smallest thing like bubble gum wrapper, tiny aluminum foil both wadded up...open it! failing grades, sleeping all the time...

since my child was in rehab, and came home, my child was the child I knew.

We need to ban together and get this Triple C's off the shelf and behind the pharmancy ASAP.
Donna

United States

#4 Nov 1, 2008
There is so much going on out there that I thank you personally for your information. I am a stay at home mom that even after going through extreme hardships with my stepson from rehab to jdc, I have to say, I am still pretty oblivious to whats out there. Keep up the good work and spread the news, I know I will.
Havana soldier mother

United States

#5 Nov 1, 2008
We have gotten CVS, Dollar General, Oney's, Alco, Pamida Coricidin off the shelf and behind the registers! YAY! Now, we need to work on County Market, and all the gas station. Pamida went to take those off the shelf, they had a box opened, but none of the pills were missing. We need to get this to the state repestinative to put all over the counter medicines to a safer place...and treat it as "alcohol" how they have that alcohol sections in the stores and have a special checkout reigister that only rings up alcohol and medications. I found out that rumor that I heard after this kid was lifeflighted a week ago last Friday, this other one that was lifeflighted was a week ago today...and this took place at the RiverFront Park in Havana.
Concerned Citizen

United States

#6 Nov 1, 2008
I have never heard of this medicine before, but thank God you all have & are doing what you need to do to get it of the shelfs, Great work, keep these kids safe.
somewhere

United States

#7 Nov 1, 2008
well now we have to get the parents to lock up all their prescription medicines,i no i do
Havana soldier mother

United States

#8 Nov 1, 2008
YES, I WENT AND BOUGHT A PLASTIC TOOL BOX WITH A SPACE FOR A PADLOCK WITH KEY. I PUT ALL MY PRESCRIPTIONS IN THERE, COUGH SYRUP, DAYQUILL AND NIGHT QUILL..TYENOL PM, ECTRA... AND LOCK IT UP AND IT SETS IN MY ROOM. THE KEY IS HIDING. IT'S A PAIN IN THE BUTT TO GET THE KEY TO UNLCOK THE TOOLBOX, BUT YOU KNOW....IT'S WEEL WORTH IT AND WILL SAVE A CHILD'S LIFE.
Havana soldier mother

United States

#9 Nov 3, 2008
I want to say thank you to all the Havana store and gas station business' for putting the Corcidin pills behind the counter! I know the kids will still find a way to get them, but it will make it harder for them to steal them. Havana may save a life!:)

Since: Dec 07

AOL

#10 Nov 4, 2008
I have received another email asking me to post their content on this new drug issue. Below is the contents of the email:

"The cop found a pack of cigerettes and lighter on kid #2, and on kid # 1 the cop found 8 to 10 opened "pills" ready to be taken orally AND about 8 to 10 unopened pills still in little packets. They were some kind of "allergy'' pills. The cop gives kid # 2 a ticket for having cigerettes for underage. Then the cop puts kid # 1 in the back of a cop car and took him down the station. Then the kid # 1 got away scotch free! no ticket, NOTHING! all because the "pills" were over the counter and legal.
You would think something was going to be done and prevented for these pills, expecially after 2 life flights and a parent admitting their child to a hospital a couple weeks ago. This kid # 1 is known to get away with a lot with the police. this kid # 1 has been with other kids and got caught with doing things and the other kids gets into trouble and has to go to court or tickets and kid # 1 gets away unpunished. "To ticket...or not to ticket?"
Coker

Pekin, IL

#11 Nov 5, 2008
About a month ago I recieved a call that my granddaughter was in the ER. I had known about triple c's a few weeks before. I also knew they were stolen. I went to 3 stores here in town to report this. I met with alot of defense. "We can't watch everyone...We can't take everything off the shelves" I am so relieved this is being dealt with, because some of the kids in this town are in grave danger taking this over the counter medication. The day I went to the ER I was shocked to see the condition of my granddaughter. I grew up in the 60's and experienced the drug scene, but I have never seen anyone so high and so out of it like she was. She was hallucinating, slobbering, and totally unaware of her surroundings. She didn't even know where she was. Her mother was out of town but when she came in and saw her daughter, she was horrified. She was finally admitted to Methodist, where she spent 10 days. She was home only one hour when her "friend" brought her a bottle of prescription cough medicine with
codeine. She drank the entire bottle. She went back to Methodist and that same evening another teen from Havana was life flighted to the same ward.This poor kid almost died.
The Chestnut Health Center Rehab finally has a bed, so my granddaughter with be admitted there on Friday. I don't know when this started but the decline is fast. Taken in large doses, "triple c's" cause kidney failure, cardiac arrest and brain damage. I heard first hand from another teen that kids are also stealing presciption drugs and trading them for other drugs. Lock up your meds, Havana, this is serious. I believe the police are doing all they can legally do. Our own Chief of Police stayed in the ER for hours with a frantic mom and grandma and a very drugged 15 year old girl. Again, thanks so much, Ted, this may save someone's life.
Havana soldier mother

United States

#12 Nov 5, 2008
Coker, I think I know your granddaughter. she and that boy both were at methodist. I contacted Rich Myers the state rep. and explained to him what is going on. He wasn't aware of this, and so glad that I brought this serious thing up. He is going to work on this and get back with me. We just need to get the word out, and lock up our medicines...I put everything...I mean EVERYTHING in a toolbox with a key padlock. Lets keep this going and keep spreading the word and fight to protect our children. it may be dead ends but don't give up! stand your ground! god bless us and our children!
Havana Grandma Coker

Pekin, IL

#13 Nov 5, 2008
Good for you!! I am so glad the word is spreading. I am sure you know who my granddaughter is. The really sad part about her is how hard and fast she got into this stuff. It has affected the entire family. I have never had to lock up my meds or hide my purse and money, now I do.
Havana soldier mother

United States

#14 Nov 5, 2008
Oh I know...I put my son in rehab in July at proctor. he came home a totally different kid...my son came back...and now I'm starting to have problems with him again. it is an ongoing thing. Just because they rehab...doesn't always mean they are totally back to normal. I'm dealing with this AND i'm dealing with my oldest son just deployed to Afganistan last week.:( just hang in there and take it one day at a time. it's frusterating, but have faith in God and take it one day at a time. :)
Coker

Pekin, IL

#15 Nov 7, 2008
This is to "Havana soldier mother": My granddaughter went to Chestnut rehab today. They just called and said she left with another girl. She may try to call you son. Please email me at [email protected] and I will give you my phone number. Thank you
Havana soldier mother

United States

#16 Nov 8, 2008
Hello Coker, I send you a email. I'm sorry I wasn't on yesterday, my internet was down. [email protected]
FPMiller

AOL

#17 Dec 10, 2008
Hi my name is frank miller, im not sure the last time somone checked this page but I would like to post somthing. I myself am severly addicted to over the counter cough meds I used just 48 hrs ago. let me tell you the addiction is very severe. I have been using it since I was 16 I am 23 now. I have ended up in the Er over 5 times due to overdosing on cold pills yet my addictions holds fast. Ive let my addiction take me to hospitals, homlessness, and even prison. I am not proud of my addiction and Im only writing this in hopes of maybe helping someone that either uses or a parent or gurdian that has a child that does. for parents you need to know that corriceden is not the only thing that is or can be abused one of the other popular ones is delsem cough syurp, it has a higher quanity of DXM per teaspoon than other cough syurp, but is highly dangerouse due to the fact that it is time release so the drug hits you all at once. if any one reads this and wants more info on the subject my e mail is [email protected]
Nick

Peoria, IL

#18 Mar 11, 2009
well.. it's good to see that they are Trying to do somethin about it. I was actually one of those kids, we use to get cough syrup ''DXM' and tripple cc's ''RED DEVILS'' and do it everyday. that was some years ago and haved moved away from that hell hole and am doin better. but the only reason us kids did it is because there was nothing to do in that town. NOTHING. everywhere we hung out the cops would tell use to leave. we couldn't skateboard or play hackysack or anything. the kids need something consructive to do and there is nothing. we use to sit at home and be bored and thought what can we do to pass time? let's see what this drug does?. some of my good friends overdoced on it and i asked them if they would ever stop and they said no. i asked why? and they said. theres nothing else to do in this town so i'm just going to tripp the rest of my life away. it's sad. it's like they are trying to make it a retirement town but there are kids there and there is nothing for them to do. that's y you have kids overdocing and commiting crime. Hopefully this helps but knowing havana they wont give a shit.
Generation Gap

Virginia, IL

#19 Mar 12, 2009
Excuse me if this sounds harsh, but "nothing to do" to me sounds like a big fat excuse. Nothing to do is almost too sad to think about. Lets see I am 43 yrs old and when we grew up there was really "Nothing to do". We didn't have 124 t.v. channels, we had 3! we didn't have Nintendo, Play station, X-box, computers, internet, cell phones, video games of any kind except for "pong". We had to make up things to do. We would play pick up games of sports, bike riding, skateboarding, fishing, hunting, camping, playing catch with your dad in the back yard, learning to play an instrument such as guitar, mowed yards, raked leaves, shoveled snow, and even read a book or two. There are many things that one can do they just need to apply themselves and commit the time to it. One of those kids sitting on a couch mixing pills and cough syrup, might have many hidden talents that they haven't explored because they never learned any of them because there was "nothing to do".
total concerned grandma

United States

#20 Mar 13, 2009
I'M A TOTALLY CONCERNED GRANDMA THAT USE TO LIVE IN THAT AREA,AM FROM WESTERN KENTUCKY NOW.I HAVE THREE TEENAGE GRANCHILDREN IN THE HAVANA AREA.NOW THAT I READ THIS ARTICLE I HAVE GREAT CONCERN...I KNOW MY GRANDCHILDRENS' PARENTS ARE GREAT PARENTS',BUT I WISH I KNEW WHAT I COULD DO AFTER READING THIS.~I WILL PRAY FOR EVERY CHILD AND PARENT~MY EMAIL [email protected] if anyone would like to email me any time

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