Who Used the Cough Medicine??

Does your teenager ever request cough and cold medicine more frequently than you think he or she needs it? Or perhaps you get reminded to restock the cough medicine when no one in the house seems ill.Medication with soda

These could be signs that someone in your household is using these medications to get high.

Over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines are frequently mixed with soda, alcohol, marijuana or even hard candies and abused by young people according to DrugFacts: Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse. The effect that users are seeking are feelings of  euphoria and/or sensations of physical distortion and hallucinations, caused by the ingredient, dextromethorphan (DXM). A prescription medication that is also frequently abused is promethazine-codeine cough syrup. When these medications are taken in higher quantities than recommended, or when symptoms of respiratory congestion are not present, they may affect the brain in ways similar to illegal drugs.

There are many side effects with using more than the recommended dose of these products including: impaired motor function, increased heart rate and blood pressure, numbness, nausea or vomiting, extreme agitation and increased body temperature. The buildup of excess acid in body fluids and side effects from acetaminophen, which is often coupled with DXM, can cause liver damage. There is a high risk of fatal overdose from taking too much promethazine-codeine cough syrup because it depresses the central nervous system, resulting in slowed or stopped heart and lungs. Adding alcohol to the mix greatly increases this risk.

Parents are advised to monitor their children’s use of these products, or even better, keep cough syrups safely locked away. Even though your teenager may seem responsible, it’s better to make him or her mad than to lose them. But also, remember OTC products are readily available in drugstores.

 

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Thank You to All Who Participated in the Mike Fosket Memorial Golf Tournament

Dawn and Dave Fosket along with Team Fort Collins would like to say thank you to our supporters, sponsors and players who helped make the 2nd Annual Mike Fosket Memorial Golf Tournament held on July 27, 2014 at Highland Meadows Golf Course a successful event.  Thank you mike Fosket Mem pistureThe event raised more than $6,000 to support Team Fort Collins in its efforts to educate youth, families, and the medical profession about the misuse and abuse of prescription pain medications.  The golf tournament was held in memory of Mike Fosket, Dawn and Dave’s son. Mike was a very talented young man who loved BMX riding and was a great photographer.  As a result of a car accident which left him with a severe back injury he was prescribed prescription painkillers.  Mike passed away on August 2, 2012 at the age of 24.

The sponsors of the event were Advantage Bank, Front Range Powder Coating, Iron Logic Fitness, Naranjo Civil Constructors, Coleman Electric LLC, New York Life, Eagle Automation, Soilogic LLC, Can Do Life Coaching, Highland Meadows Golf Course, Bestway Concrete & Aggregate, and Signs by Tomorrow.

Thank you to all the businesses who donated items for the silent auction, door prize, drawings and goodie bag.  Your support is appreciated.

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Team Fort Collins and the Laramie River Valley Rendezvous

The morning of July 9th, after a two hour drive up the Poudre Canyon, I opened the car door to feel a fresh breeze, took a deep breath of fresh air, and smelled the burning fire, mixed with the smell of breakfast. I instantly felt the positive energies beaming out from person to person. My eyes fell on a huge campsite with military vehicles, large military tents, and long trailers. Officers Bob Younger and Stephan Sparacio greeted us and invited us to the office in the back of one of the camp’s bigV__08E8 trailers. They explained the day ahead and gave us a tour of the camp. I knew it was going to be a fun-filled day, but had no idea how much of a positive and influential impact the Laramie River Valley Rendezvous would have on me as much as it did on the youth who attended.

Thanks to the Fort Collins Police Department, firefighters, the Colorado National Guard and other community volunteers, the Laramie River Valley Rendezvous has been a success for many years. Each summer, they take 40 at-risk youth who come from single-parent homes, blended family homes and foster homes for an entertaining and influential week in the mountains. The program focuses on helping youth increase their self-esteem and decrease the possibility of relapse into criminal behavior while promoting positive views toward law-enforcement.

Because this program helps teenagers make better choices in life, it aligns with Team Fort Collins’ Mission to promote healthy lifestyles through substance abuse prevention. Some members of Team Fort Collins; Laurel Carter, myself, and volunteer Scott Anderson, a professional racecar driver, were invited to be part of this remarkable program. We were able to commit the entire day to join the kids in their daily activities—and build a connection with some of them—before we presented to them about the teen brain, making good decisions, and how substances influence their health and behavior.

Team Fort Collins is very encouraged to know that such events are out there for our youth. “What a remarkable experience for the youth who attended the camp. Laurel Carter, Team Fort Collins Program Director said, “To be exposed to the numerous activities, positive influences, and encouraging leadership, the youth as well as Team Fort Collins staff and volunteers were impacted in ways unpredicted. I hope to make it each year either as a representative of Team Fort Collins, or supportive community member who has high hopes for the influence this camp gives to our youth.”

The Laramie River Valley Rendezvous is more than “A place where a kid can be safe and have fun for at least one week a year.” It is a life changing experience for our youth, and I believe it will not only succeed for many more years to come, but also continue to forever make an impact on anyone—especially the children—who have the opportunity to be a part of the program. It is another awesome way to help Team Fort Collins promote healthy lifestyles for our community.

 

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Empowered Parents

 

Team Fort Collins is partnering with Touchstone Health Partners and Leadership Fort Collins to bring a new program called Empowered Parents to this area in the fall. This 12 week training program will help parents gain an increased understanding of teenage mental health challenges, and give them an improved ability to communicate effectively about difficult topics such as drug use, depression and more.

The curriculum for this program includes nationally recognized resources: Youth Mental Health First Aid USA, Drugs: True Stories and Alcohol: True Stories. Mental Health First Aid is a certification program and the True Stories are videos, hosted by Matt Damon, that feature teens telling their personal stories. Topics to be covered include adolescent development, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, attention deficit disorders and substance abuse. Parents will learn how to identify risk factors, how to intervene and develop action plans, and where to find resources.

Empowered Parents will meet Tuesday evenings, Sept. 9 – Nov. 25 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at 125 W. Crestridge Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525. For more information, or to register, call Laurel Carter at 970-224-9931 or email laurel@teamfortcollins.org.

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Wild West Relay

On August 1st and 2nd, Team Fort Collins will volunteer for the Wild West Relay, a 200-mile team relay race through the Colorado mountains. Runners begin the relay in Fort Collins and finish in Steamboat Springs. Much of this scenic and remote course is through National Forest or along rural dirt roads. The 200-mile race route is divided into 36 legs, with a runner exchange at the end of each leg. Team Fort Collins will be staffing two of these rest stop/exchange points, and will provide the runners and spectators with water and a healthy snack, available at our table.

In exchange for Team Fort Collins’ assistance with the rest stops, Volunteers With A Purpose will make a donation to Team. Volunteering for the Wild West Relay provides Team Fort Collins the opportunity to act on its mission to promote healthy lifestyles, while also earning money for the organization.

 

 

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Walk Like MADD

MADD The annual Walk Like MADD event for the Colorado branch of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization will take place from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on August 2nd at Sloan’s Lake in Denver, Co. Team Fort Collins is happy to support this worthwhile cause, as MADD’s mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.

According to MADD, “Drunk driving is still the primary cause of death on our roadways.  By signing up for this event and raising funds on behalf of MADD, you are making our families and community safer.” Team Fort Collins supports the goal of MADD to end drunk driving.  If you would also like to support this cause, please click the link above. We’d also like to send a special “thank you” to a local participant in the Walk Like MADD event, Mary-Jo Briguglio, who walks for “Kris’ Crew” at the event.

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Wax: Not Just Candles!

                                                                                    

Cannabis wax in a small plastic container with uncovered butane vapor pipe alongside.                                                    Photo Credit: a katz/ Shutterstock.com

 

Butane Hash Oil, also known as “wax,” is a highly concentrated form of marijuana. It is made by heating  cannabis to a very high temperature with a butane torch. It also goes by the names, “shatter” and “earwax.” The method of smoking wax is called “dabbing.” The concentration of THC in wax can be as much as 80–90 percent, versus the 15–27 percent that is typical of unadulterated marijuana, according to Brian Ruden, marijuana dispensary owner in Denver, cited in a recent ABC News article . As a result those who use wax must have an extremely high tolerance to THC, as one hit is said to make a person high for more than a day.

Unfortunately, some proponents of marijuana have promoted dabbing as a healthy alternative to smoking marijuana. There is little to suggest that this would be the case. First, the manufacturing process is extremely dangerous, causing 31 house fires in Colorado as of May 6 this year, according to the Associated Press. Second, wax is often laced with butane, as a butane torch is the most common method for obtaining the high temperatures needed to transform marijuana into the waxy concentrate. Finally, the high THC potency for both suspecting and unsuspecting users has resulted in loss of consciousness, psychosis, and brain damage, according to Gary Hill, assistant special agent in charge of the San Diego DEA’s office.

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A Decision Made for the Kids

no to marijuana2Yesterday, Littleton’s City Council voted to prohibit retail marijuana. Not only did the people want to prevent Littleton to become the marijuana pit stop between Denver and Pueblo, but to also limit the access to their children.

With the youth and their futures in mind, they have made a final decision. By permitting further marijuana commercialization, a message is being sent to the kids that there is nothing harmful with using it. In order to discourage our youth from consuming the highly potent marijuana being sold in Colorado today, it is important that critical boundaries are set and exposure to it is limited.

It is important to inform our youth with the facts about marijuana products being sold today before we take a risk by continuing to commercialize and promote their use and consumption. Click here for more details.

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