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ABC15 Back to School: Talking to teens about drug trends, falling victim to peer pressure

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During back to school season, ABC15 is taking a closer look at some of the latest drug trends and how parents can make sure their kids don't fall victim to peer pressure.

Skittling and farming parties, vaping, jeweling, spice, waxing and dabbing, all trends you may or may not have heard of, but they're out there.

Skittling and farming parties happen when teens raid medicine cabinets, bring the pills to the party, and everyone takes one pill out of the bowl not knowing what the drug is or what it can do to them.

There's also dabbing. You may have thought it was just a dance move, but it comes from dabbing and waxing with marijuana concentrate that's 90 percent THC.

THC is the mind-altering ingredient in marijuana--when dabbing or waxing, sometimes you can't even smell it.

Drug makers are getting sneaky, but you can get ahead of them.

"First and foremost, I think it's very scary," said Kimberly Courtney, a parent of a local teenager. She's referring to all of the new drugs popping up while raising a teenager in America.

"You might see--it's like an eVape or an eCigarette--and so they will put them in, and charge them in their computers and parents and teachers won't know that's what they actually are. Ine of those is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes," said Margot Duran, a certified prevention specialist at Shoreline Behavioral Health.

Duran is talking about jewelling. She studies trends among teens to help with prevention.

"They might smell of different flavors, and teachers may be so unaware that it's actually an eCigarette that they're using and not a perfume or anything like that," said Duran.

We want to make you aware and know that it's important to talk to teens.

"Because they get a lot of information from their peers that isn't accurate information, so they have a lot of perception about drugs and alcohol, and it would be better if they got accurate information from a reliable source," said Jessie Marlowe, prevention director at Shoreline.

That reliable source starts at home.

"Be aware of the people you're hanging out with, the things that they already do, and know that when you hang around a dog, you're most likely going to catch fleas!" said Elizabeth Ferraro, a parent of a thirteen year old.

As parents, it's okay if you don't feel like you know all of the answers, or all of the terms.

"Sometimes we don't know the exact questions to even ask, so I think it's important to try to learn about these things," said Courtney.

There are plenty of resources to look to, but experts say your own experiences help when talking to your teens too.

"That usually tends to help. I know with my mom and dad, I use to talk to them at the dinner table, and I know nowadays it's not usually like that because there's always a hustle and bustle, but at least try to incorporate time with that," said Officer Chris Starling of the Myrtle Beach Police Department Family Services Unit.

Some of the other drugs Duran mentioned that are popular right now are several synthetic drugs like K2 spice, which has caused several seizures and overdoses and bath salts which are being used as synthetic meth.

Starling teaches dare in Myrtle Beach classrooms, he says the new model is to help students with critical thinking and decision making so they know which decision is the right one when it comes to being approached with drugs and alcohol.

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