Narconon Publishes New Manual to Help Parents Prepare for Spring Break’s Drug Dangers

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Since research finds that parents can be effective in preventing drug abuse, speaking to youth about club drug dangers before a Spring Break trip is good thinking.

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Parents need to give their children factual information on the real drug dangers before they head out to Spring Break parties.

For most of the colleges in the US, Spring Break will start in early or mid-March, which means that hundreds of thousands of young people will head to warm locations like San Padre Island, Texas, or Pensacola, Florida. Or they may head out of the country to the Bahamas or Mexican resorts. Too many of these young people have in the past had dangerous, life-threatening or even fatal experiences with alcohol or club drugs. This ominous fact has led Narconon International to publish a handbook to help parents protect their children.

"This is one of the heaviest alcohol- and drug-abusing times of the year for teens and young adults," said Bobby Wiggins, drug prevention specialist for Narconon International. Narconon is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of drug abuse and addiction. "Parents need to give their children factual information on the real drug dangers before they head out to Spring Break parties."

To help parents with this job, Narconon International has published a new manual that covers the major educational points regarding club drugs that a young person might encounter during Spring Break, or any time. 'Club drug" includes as a category drugs like Ecstasy, GHB, ketamine, Rohypnol, LSD and methamphetamine.

"These drugs are hallucinogens, strong stimulants or hypnotics," said Wiggins. "Their use can result in death, either directly from the use of one drug, or especially their use in combination with other drugs or heavy alcohol, or due to injuries incurred while a person was under the influence."

In this new manual, parents can find details on the symptoms reflecting club drug use and how to judge whether someone is addicted. Not leaving anything to chance, the manual also has step-by-step instructions for parents on how to approach this subject with their children.

"It's a safe assumption to make that one’s children will be exposed to a variety of drugs when they go on a Spring Break trip," added Wiggins. "Even a young adult who has never used a drug before can find himself caught up in the activity if he has had a few drinks and if others around him are indulging. Education is essential before the trip so everyone comes home safely. That's all we’re looking for."

To read this manual, visit

For more information on Narconon drug rehabilitation or prevention, call 1-800-775-8750.

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