Saturday, June 11, 2005

Drug Awareness (a retro-post)

So how about that Supreme Court decision saying the federal government may overrule State government laws allowing the use of doctor-prescribed medical marijuana?

Watch for all manner of folk on the "Left" to finally rediscover States' rights.

Check this out. The following is an actual public service announcement about a dangerous new drug.

It's official. I swear.

Are YOU aware of this

Dust. Gunpowder. Goddess. China Black. Green Dragon. Royal Golden. White Monkey. Ceylon. Moroccan Mint. Darjeeling. Iced Tea. Sweet Tea. These are just a few of the many street names of a drug that has millions in its grip.

What you may not know is that this highly addictive and potentially deadly substance is available virtually anywhere -- from the biggest metropolis to the smallest farm town.

Despite its sordid past, it's growing in popularity among college students and twentysomethings. And we've learned that even preteens are able to purchase this drug in many neighborhoods. Some may even be purchasing it at school.

The startling truth is that your kids may already be hooked.

The drug's scientific name is camellia sinensis. It is derived from the leaves of an evergreen commonly cultivated by desperate, impoverished Indian and Chinese farmers who have few other options.

Typically, the leaves are dried, rolled, heated, and sometimes fermented, after which they're often crushed into a powder--hence the nickname "dust"--and packed into small bags for sale. More powerful extracts are available as well.
In addition to volatile oils, the leaves of camellia sinensis contain a mind-altering chemical called theine: a complex molecule known to chemists as C8H10N4O2. This strong central nervous system stimulant binds with neural receptors, enhancing excitement and arousal. Accordingly, most users describe feelings of stimulation and exhilaration. Some users, on the other hand, report a feeling of tranquility and comfort; and some even claim the drug, in smaller doses, helps them sleep better. Many artists claim the drug gets their creative juices flowing.

However, this drug has its dark side.

  • It's highly addictive: many users end up hooked for life.
  • It may cause addicts to think and act in abnormal ways.
  • In higher doses, it is known to hinder short-term memory, cause nervousness, anxiety, excessive ambition, tremors, sleeplessness, heart arrythmias, high blood pressure, and even stroke.
  • Since the active chemical must be metabolized in the liver, concerns have surfaced that use at higher doses may cause liver damage.
  • Even in relatively small doses, the active ingredient in this drug can kill household pets.
  • Many users eventually go on to become criminals and psychopaths.
  • Hitler and Mao reportedly couldn't live without the drug, and according to a biography of Josef Stalin, the bloody Soviet dictator demanded a dose at 11 o'clock each night.

Don't be fooled by the fact that this hazardous drug, camellia sinensis, is found in nearly every supermarket, drugstore, coffeeshop, restaurant, vending machine, and home in America. Or that even the Queen of England uses it.

Its very real, scientifically proven dangers are undeniable.

Talk to your kids about tea. You may just save their lives.
This message is brought to you by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and The Ad Council.

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