Helping to reduce drug and alcohol use in Cheshire County
63 Community Way, Keene NH 03431 | Ph: 603-719-4150 | mdrew@scshelps.org
Helping to reduce drug and alcohol use in Cheshire County
63 Community Way, Keene NH 03431 | Ph: 603-719-4150 | mdrew@scshelps.org

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September 30, 2014
  • Reducing Drug and Alcohol Use in Cheshire County

    MADAC was founded in 2003 and is made up of volunteers and one staff committed to reducing drug and alcohol use in Cheshire County.

    We offer prevention activities and education to reduce youth and young adult alcohol and substance use. We advocate for policy change and increased funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery, and offer prevention trainings, college internships, and fun events all year.

    Our goals: Reduce substance use among youth and young adults, and strengthen collaborative partnerships within communities.

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    FOR PUBLIC HEALTH NETWORKS
    KEY MESSAGES AND TALKING POINTS ON: SYNTHETIC DRUGS KNOWN AS
    SPICE, K2, SMACKED
    1. In recent weeks, more than 45 individuals in New Hampshire, mostly in the Manchester area, have been seen by medical professionals with serious medical conditions as a result of ingestion of a synthetic product most commonly sold in smaller convenience stores as herbal incense or potpourri.
    2. As a result of this outbreak, the governor of New Hampshire declared a state of emergency on August 14, 2014. This declaration has granted certain authority to the Division of Public Health Services and empowered them to demand the removal and confiscation of a particular brand of synthetic drug, known as “Smacked.”
    3. The ingestion has been intentional, though the packaging of most of these products contains warnings that include “NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.” Ingestion is generally achieved through smoking of the product or brewing into teas.
    4. These products are generally consumed as alternatives to marijuana, and are marketed as such by either word-of-mouth or social media outlets like Youtube, Instagram, etc., though the effects are quite dissimilar to marijuana.
    5. Some clinical signs and symptoms include anxiety or panic attacks, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, seizures, kidney failure, heart attack, and sudden death. Sleepiness, aggressive or violent behavior, agitation and confusion have also been cited by emergency room physicians.
    6. As a community, we should not focus on just this one product, but the variety of others that are marketed and used in a similar fashion. While the product labeled as “Smacked” has been the source of the recent outbreak, the effects have been similar to many other products under different product names.
    7. The products themselves are generally manufactured in small, clandestine laboratories by amateur chemists, and are not tested by the FDA or approved for distribution or consumption by any legitimate means.
    8. If you suspect that you have seen a product such as this being sold in any store within New Hampshire, please notify your local police department immediately.
    For more information: www.drugfreeNH.org
    NH Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services
    105 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301  800.804.0909 / 603.271.2677
    www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas

    START TALKING.  The sooner the better -

    Discuss things that matter to you with your children. Talk about risks. Let them know how you feel. Whether it’s drugs, online interaction with strangers, or premarital sex, your children want to know how you feel, why you feel that way, and what could happen, and most importantly that you care about them. You are still your child’s first source of information.

    DECISION MAKING
    Children in the pre-teen years are very concerned about justice and fair play. They expect to have rules and directions, and they understand penalties for not following them. This is an ideal time to begin giving simple explanations about decisions and consequences, and letting kids express their feelings. While their reasoning powers are just beginning to develop and their reactions may not be the most logical, it is important to recognize their efforts and to encourage continued careful decision making.

       FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:  

    MADAC 
    PO Box 603,  63 Community Way
    Keene, NH 03431
    603-719-4150
    mdrew@scshelps.org

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    MADAC is funded by the Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant made possible by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

    MADAC Project Coordinator • PO Box 603 • 63 Community Way • Keene, NH 03431 • PHONE: 603-719-4150 • Email: mdrew@scshelps.org

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