September 26, 2011
Falling Through Fall
What I want to do here is an update on how my son is doing. After he came up dirty on a UA for pot, we put our son on random UA testing. He goes in and pees in a cup every seven to ten days on a random basis. I thought that he was making wiser decisions and we were in a period of rebuilding trust. Unfortunately, on Friday I got the results back for another dirty UA, this time for synthetic THC.
Friday was a hell of a day. Not only did we get the dirty UA results, but my son got a $250 graphing/geometry calculator stolen out of his backpack, too. So, the boy's house where he was at is now off limits, and so is that entire geographic area, near the local mall, etc.
But, I want to use this opportunity--if anyone is still reading this blog at all--to tell you about the synthetic THC. It is bad news. If you are the parent of a young adult or teenager, I urge you to educate yourself on this nasty substance.
Here is Colorado, it is often called "Colorado Chronic." It also goes by the more common names of K2 and Spice. It is sold as incense and is still legal (even for minors!) in some states. It consists of some kind of "organic" material that is sprayed with JWH-018 or some other chemical form of synthetic cannabinoid. It is usually many times stronger that the THC found in marijuana. It causes rapid heart rate, anxiety and sometimes delusional states that have lead smokers to violence and suicide.
When states try to ban it, the chemists go in and tweak the formula, rendering it legal again. Many states are struggling with the loop holes that this street drug slips through. I have heard that there are also "bath salts" on the market that kids are smoking as well. The two main reasons why these drugs have become so popular, especially with young kids and people in the military (or other situations where they undergo drug tests regularly), are as follows: 1) The drug often does not show up on routine drug tests. 2) The drug is sold as incense or some other legal substance and is available even to minors.
Luckily, my son's therapist has found a drug counselor here in town who will send urine samples in to the Redwood Toxicology Laboratory in Santa Rosa, California, and they do, indeed, test for synthetic pot.
For all of you who have shown your concern and support, I thank you very much. I want you to know that my husband and I are very much involved in our son's therapy and in being aware of what is going on in his teen-aged life, providing structure, limits and consequences as appropriate to help him get back on track. God, I love that kid!
You, my dear, are doing all the right things. You are on the right track and have the opportunity to keep your son from getting more involved than he already is. I wish I would have known all I know now when my son was a teen - but he went from smoking pot to shooting heroin, just like that.
I am not trying to scare you, my son has a lot of other issues going on and doing drastic things is part of his personality.
Also, I don't want to scare you with this thought either, but as a mom that is always on "high alert" there are lots of things that trigger my suspicion: are you sure your son's calculator was stolen? My son sold everything of value of his own, then started stealing from us and selling our things. I am not suggesting this is the case, but he has to be getting the money to buy that stuff somewhere.
Gosh, I feel bad for saying all this, but you know my intention is only to warn you in a way I wish someone would have warned me. I care about you and your precious son!
Barbara: Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I'm pretty sure his calculator WAS stolen. A kid that I've told Daniel to stay away from held his backpack for ransom about two weeks ago. My son paid him $20 to get it back. I think he figured out that he had something valuable in there if he was willing to pay for it back. I think this same boy stole the calculator (out of my son's friend's bedroom) and probably pawned it for drug money.
But, you're right. I will be on the lookout for that kind of thing. I already learned the hard way not to let my son have any more than $5 at a time. Boy, did I feel like a sucker when I figured that one out. :P I am sending positive vibes for you and your family with your challenges being faced right now.
I admire your commitment and courage to face this issue with your son. It sounds as if you are setting limits and doing so with love.
Beautiful Survivor: Thanks for the visit. I understand the need for extra support. I will check out your blog and try to leave some support ideas for you.
Trying my own little blog carnival for World Mental Health Day. Would love it if you had a minute to submit a post or two.
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Fall is also a tough time for me as well. My heart goes out to you sweet friend.