AODA Parent Information
Juuling, a vaping product, is becoming an increasing trend with youth.
What is it? The Juuling vape pen resembles a USB drive and can be charged in a laptop. Each cartridge holds about 200 puffs which is equal to the amount of nicotine found in 1 pack of cigarettes. It has a variety of flavors, including mango, mint, Crème Brule, fruit medley and cucumber. These devices are sold at tobacco shops, gas stations and convenience stores.
How does it work? The battery powered device looks like a USB drive and can be charged in any laptop, computer or tablet. The device converts liquid nicotine into a mist, or vapor. The vapor produced does not smell like cigarettes, rather smells fruity or sweet. The Juuling device is easy to conceal due to the small size and produces less mist. The smell from the mist also does not linger on clothing like traditional cigarettes. Due to the decrease mist, youth are able conceal the vapor by breathing into their shirt or sleeve.
What should I look for? Be on the lookout for sudden whiffs of fruity, minty or candy-like smells, increased amount of USB drives or other interesting looking batteries/chargers, increase thirst or dry mouth, sensitivity to caffeine (not wanting to drink as much caffeine), possible nosebleeds, or use of common hashtags on social media (#doit4juul; #juulnation; #juulvapor).
Emodka, a brand of vodka using kid-friendly emoji packaging.
What is it? Emodka is a brand of wheat vodka that comes in hand-held size, round bottles with various emoji’s painted on the bottle. The bottles contain 40% alcohol per 1.6 ounces of liquid. The brand is sold in liquor stores, gas stations, convenience stores and any other place alcohol is sold. Each bottle sells at an average price of $3.99.
What should I look for? Small, hand-held bottles with various emoji faces painted on the bottle. The bottle resembles the shape of a small light bulb when held by the top. For signs your teen maybe abusing alcohol, look for lethargy, decline in study habits, decline of time spent with family, unusual smells on breath, body or clothing, using eye drops to hide blood-shot eyes, deterioration in physical appearance and personal grooming, erratic behavior, symptoms of depression, and/or change in relationships.
Inhaling Household Products
Inhalant use is on the rise with youth.
What is it? Inhalants are chemicals found in ordinary household products that youth inhale on purpose to get “high”. Within a typical household, there are many products that are available to youth to get high. Common items include: spray paint, nail polish remover, household cleaners, deodorants, computer cleaning products (known as dusting), whipped cream aerosol cans (known as whippets), rubber cement, correction fluid (known as white-out), glue, shoe polish, paint thinners, felt-tip markers, gasoline, lighter fluid, cooking spray, and fabric protectors. Street names for inhalants include: “bold”, “rush”, “snappers”, “laughing gas”, “poppers” or “whippets”.
How does it work? Using a household product, the user will breathe in the fumes created by the product either through their nose or mouth. Other ways include spraying the product onto easily accessible clothing and sniffing the clothing or spraying it into plastic bags and inhaling the air from the plastic bag. Other names for inhaling are: “sniffing”, “snorting”, “spraying” “bagging”, “inhaling” or “huffing” depending on the substance and equipment used.
What should I look for? Abnormal use of household products or possession of products your child doesn’t need. After the initial use of the inhalants, youth might experience dizziness, spots or sores that circle the mouth, red and watery eyes, drippy nose, headache, slurred or disoriented speech, loss of coordination, loss of inhibition, nausea/ loss of appetite, or loss of control. Hallucinations and delusions are possible. Even one time use can trigger heart failure, serious liver and kidney damage, permanent brain damage, or hearing loss. Use can also lead to suffocation, seizures, loss of consciousness and death.
Making a thicker, more flavorful smoke from e-cigarettes.
What is it? Dripping is the dropping of e-cigarette liquid directly onto the hot coils of the device to produce thicker, more flavorful smoke. Dripping may expose users to higher levels of nicotine and other harmful toxins.
How does it work? Electronic cigarettes or vaping products are battery operated devices that heat liquid and turn it into vapor, not smoke, which the person inhales. To “drip”, the user places the liquid directly onto the hot coils of the electronic cigarette which causes a thicker smoke to be inhaled.
What should I look for? Be on the lookout for sudden whiffs of fruity, minty or candy-like smells, increased amount of interesting looking batteries/chargers, increase thirst or dry mouth, sensitivity to caffeine (not wanting to drink as much caffeine), or possible nosebleeds.
Harmful and dangerous challenges that entice youth to participate.
What are they? There have been various challenges that youth have become involved in, ranging from the “gallon challenge”, “cinnamon challenge” and, most recently, “Tide-Pod challenge”. These challenges typically begin with videos circulating on social media, in which, youth engage in the challenge.
How does it work? Youth are “challenged” or “dared” to engage in a harmful act, film it and post onto social media. The most recent “Tide-Pod challenge” encourages youth to eat or bite into the liquid laundry detergent packets.
What should I look for? Social media usage focusing on “challenges” or youth being “dared” to engage in harmful acts.