Wednesday, 25 March 2015

INHALANTS: THE HOME GENERATED POISON.



In the world of so many people, domestic products like glue serve a major purpose of fixing gadget surfaces or any household item that has endured a fall that almost shattered them. Well, the idea of domestic products serving one purpose is something that only applies to parents who purchase them. Children have another version events unfolding for them with regards to inhalants in the house, to them these items serve several other uses of which none may be in line with their originally intended significance.

As a parent, you would get the basic products to keep you calm on those days when you will be in desperate need of contact adhesive to fix that valuable item that you hold so dear in case it got messed or when you store up paint thinner in order to ensure that the house painting redo is a success. What will never cross your mind is your child using one of these products in search of an adrenaline “rush.” 

Children usually learn to use industrial products when their anxiety leads them onto industrial products that are usually lingering around the house. The youngsters may soon discover the products used in painting can also elevate their mood for a short time, which is just enough to give them a quick “height” before mummy returns. This soon kick starts a desire to use more of the inhalants to boost their mood. What starts out as a simple experiment eventually becomes a demanding habit that will occasionally push children to empty all the glue sachets or paint thinner tins. 

Abuse of inhalants is commonest among young children because they are readily available in the homes, affordable in case they need to purchase them but their biggest secret is no one would ever suspect it is possible to abuse such “ordinary” products. The commonly abused inhalants include: paint thinner, petrol, nail polish remover, adhesive contacts and shoe polish which new on the scene, all these products are legal and present in many homes across the country. The inhalants can be poured in a bottle, onto a shirt or rag where they can occasionally be sniffed.  Street children are at higher risk of abusing inhalants because they lack parental supervision and can readily access industrial products which provide a quick relief that can make them forget the daily struggles they endure to stay alive. 

Children usually use inhalants because of the “rush” and feelings of excitement, happiness and relaxation that they create. This is usually accompanied by a sense of detachment, impulsive laughter, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness, nausea and hallucinations in case of overdose.  While all these symptoms may arouse intense discomfort for a while, inhalants also carry grave long term effects that can be fatal. These include depression, chest pain and memory loss but the worst of all is “sudden sniffing death” where a person experiences heart failure immediately after using an inhalant.

For any parents with curious children, one way to prevent abuse of inhalants in a home is to respect the standard precaution of dangerous household substances,” keep out of reach of children.” (image credit to www.glogster.com )

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

EVERYBODY IS IMPORTANT

Respect is something everyone human being craves inwardly, it is what pushes us to do more everyday so that we can earn some recognition  from people as time goes on. Right from childhood we are taught to respect parents. We learn to value parents because they are not just the immediate caretakers but also show more compassion and care towards us than any other people in our lives at that point. In most African cultures, children are groomed to honor all people who are older than them regardless of whether they are family or not. This has for a long time been a good system of instilling values in children but it has slowly been washed away as the world becomes more modernized and less accommodating of communal practices.
 
We treasure our family members, close relatives and friends because they love us back in most times when we need them. We also come to appreciate our teachers, employers and other superiors because it occasionally carries desirable results in our favor at the end of the day. What about those people that are below us in social rankings and we never hope to benefit from them at any one point? Do we value them that much as well?
Many a time’s people get moved by the achievements or jobs the “pillars” of society hold. Strangely, most of them have a false perception that these people used a secret but quick formula that rose them to the top. Usually the people who succeed most in life have learnt one main tool to success. They know and value the fact that human resource is the most important resource that exists. They do not employ people to work for them but employ people to work with them as partners for a greater purpose.
Society has unconsciously created unhealthy rods on which respect is to be earned, these include being wealth, educated or holding a leadership position. Many people will respect someone they think can get them a job or grant them a promotion. Unfortunately, just a few will think of valuing the people who are less “influential” than they are. These people deserve as much appreciation as do the “influential” people in our lives because they can equally perform if granted the opportunity. Respect is simply doing to people what you would love them to do to you but it is also a two-way route, once you show people respect, they will do the same in return.
Many people will hope to automatically earn respect from other people but often get frustrated by the continuous disdain they receive. In most cases these people never take time to value the work of other people. A lot can be done if we start respecting all people regardless of the job title or position they hold in society.
The journey to success is not a one man’s challenge, it is a combination of numerous contributions from people of all sorts, each creating a unique platform to push you to the next level. Every person along your path to success is equally significant so respecting them is vital not only to yourself but also to them. People will pave way for your opportunities if only you create opportunities for other people too.(image credit to www.afraidtoask.com)

Monday, 9 March 2015

COCAINE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.


Peter is an enthusiastic young man from a very privileged family. He is a common face in the eyes of many students at the university. This is probably because he is known to occasionally spend money that can significantly change the lifestyle of a less privileged family. Many students want to identify with him because he is quite generous. He has recently joined this clique of “cool’ boys that are all about “swag.” He is totally unaware that the cohesion of the members in this clique is strengthened by regular drug use. Peter is introduced to marijuana as a group initiation norm. A few weeks after, he is convinced to try cocaine because it fits his status since it is more expensive and stylish to use. Unfortunately in just two weeks of using cocaine, he is highly addicted and constantly demands for more money from his parents to feed his addiction. 

Cocaine is a white powder extracted out of the leaves of the coca plant which is usually grown in South America. Its street names include coke, blow and snow. It is the most powerful central nervous stimulant in the world though not a drug many “users” get to access because it is very expensive so just the rich individuals get to use it often. Due to the high demand of cocaine among less fortunate “users,” crack, a base of cocaine was introduced. Crack is way cheaper but just as addictive and destructive as is cocaine but worse because of affordability. The United Nations drug report 2014 estimates that 14-21 million people in 2012 reported using cocaine in the past year.

Unlike other drugs, cocaine takes a couple of minutes for a person to get the “rush” which hardly lasts an hour and it is followed by a depression which creates a craving for more of the drug to evade the severe withdrawal symptoms. The intensity and duration of its effects depend on the route of administration and mood a person has been in before taking the drug. Absorption is much higher for people that inject the drug into their veins though it can also be sniffed. Cocaine can make a happy person extremely talkative and at the same time make an angry person violent and extremely dangerous. 

The effects of using cocaine include, euphoria, hyperactivity, paranoia and nose bleeding. Unfortunately using cocaine causes severe damage to the body including grave dependence, perforation of the septum, cardiac arrest and death due to overdose. Cocaine users are synonymous with criminality including rape, theft or even murder to get their next “fix.” Cocaine usage has affected many families, marriages, businesses and economies because it robs many people of their identity, creativity, income and productivity.

Fortunately, a cocaine addiction can be broken despite the intensity of the craving experienced by a person dependent on cocaine. The most important decision one has to make is to decide that they no longer want to be controlled by the drug. Creating that mindset allows a person to gain the strength to resist taking the drug even if initially it may be quite difficult, it gets better with time. The second step is to seek professional help or therapy to break the addiction. Finally, one has to change the environment to reduce interactions with people, places and situations that can cause a relapse.
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