Commonly used substances in Hawaii
Underage drinking is the consumption of alcohol before the age of 21. Doing so puts the brain and body at risk for potential developmental and functional abnormalities. Alcohol is a factor in the three leading causes of death for 15-24 year olds.
The primary ingredient in tobacco is nicotine. Nicotine is an extremely addictive poison. COMMON Tobacco Products include: cigarettes, cigars/cigarillos, pipe tobacco, hookah, spit/chew tobacco, e-cigarettes etc.
An e-cigarette is an Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS). E-Cigarettes contain nicotine-laced liquid flavors. They are designed to work like an actual cigarette by inhaling its vapor.
Prescription (Rx) and Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs can be effective in treating medical conditions when taken correctly. However, these are powerful drugs that when taken incorrectly or recreationally can lead to serious health issues and addiction.
Ecstasy is a synthetic/man-made drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions). Ecstasy can produce the feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception.
Inhalants are substances or fumes from products such as paint thinner or glue that when sniffed or “huffed” cause an immediate high. They affect your brain quicker and stronger than other substances, because of this irreversible physical and mental damage occurs.
A predatory drug is ANY substance used to facilitate sexual assault. These drugs are often undetected as they are odorless and colorless when mixed with water. They tend to have a salty taste, but when mixed with alcohol, soda, or other beverages, they are virtually undetectable.
Sugary, usually fruity-flavored and brightly appealing alcoholic beverages that look and taste like soda. Alcopops range from hard lemonades to energy drinks with alcohol already mixed in. Alcopops contain the same amount of alcohol as beer, but hides the high amount of alcohol under the sweetness of the drink. Alcopops are just as dangerous as any beer.
Synthetic (man-made) drug that provides a high effect similar to marijuana. It contains a mixture of plant materials and unregulated chemicals. Often coated with unknown toxic chemicals, causing a dangerous and unpredictable high.