Archives March 2013

Northwest Clean Air Agency

Posted on : March 21, 2013 Updated on : March 21, 2013 in: Web Links .

Please follow these links:
http://www.nwcleanair.org/aqPrograms/burning.htm

Burn bans for residential yard debris burning and land clearing burning - http://www.nwcleanair.org/pdf/resources/nwcaaPubs/BurningMailer_7-08.pdf

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Other illicit drugs - "Ecstasy"

Posted on : March 19, 2013 Updated on : March 20, 2013 in: Other Illicit Drugs .

ECSTASY ... is a mind altering stimulant that causes hallucinations and feelings of euphoria.

This small tablet is one of the "Club drugs" that adolescents are taking at all night parties or "raves."

This powerful drug causes:

  • Increased heart rate and respiration, nausea, faintness and even motor disturbances.
  • Ecstasy users are at great risk for extreme dehydration as their energetic dancing causes an elevated temperature that, in some cases, has been fatal.
  • Involuntary muscle spasms and teeth clenching may become so severe that users place pacifiers in their mouths to prevent injuries.

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Other illicit drugs - "Ritalin"

Posted on : March 19, 2013 Updated on : March 20, 2013 in: Other Illicit Drugs .

RITALIN ... The brand name for a medication prescribed for children who have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder or Hyperactivity).

When taken as prescribed, RITALIN is a valuable medicine.

Research shows that:

1. People with ADHD do not become addicted to stimulant medications when taken in the form prescribed and at treatment dosages.

2. Another study found that ADHD boys treated with stimulants such as methylphenidate (RITALIN). are significantly less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol when they are older than are non-treated ADHD boys.

Because of its stimulant properties, however, in recent years there have been reports of ...

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Other illicit drugs - "Yaba"

Posted on : March 19, 2013 Updated on : March 20, 2013 in: Other Illicit Drugs .

YABA is a stimulant that creates a powerful and long lasting high.YABA is a combination of methamphetamine (a powerful and addictive stimulant) and caffeine.

The drug is popular in Asian communities in the United States and increasingly is available at raves and techno parties.The appeal of this drug is the very colorful (usually red/orange or green) tiny size tablets that make it easy for users and smugglers to hide. Yaba tablets typically bear one of a variety of logos; R and WY are common logos.Yaba, which is Thai for "crazy medicine" is a derivative of synthetic ...

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Tri-state alliance has potential in Meth war

Posted on : March 19, 2013 Updated on : March 19, 2013 in: Drug Education .

The battle against the spread of methamphetamine continues to add strategies.

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna outlined a new program in which officials from our state will join those from Oregon and Idaho to crack down on the spread of the drug that is destroying lives and families at an increasing rate in our culture.

The newly formed Pacific Northwest Pr-Cursor Chemical Committee will work to monitor sales of anhydrous ammonia, red phosphorous and hydriotic acid, ingredients used to manufacture meth.

The move comes on top of state and federal restrictions on allergy and cold medications containing pseudo-ephedrine and ephedrine ...

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What is Methamphetamine?

Posted on : March 19, 2013 Updated on : March 19, 2013 in: Drug Education .

Methamphetamine is a dangerous stimulent. "Meth" creates feeling of euphoria and excitement by releasing high levels of the neurotransmitter, "dopamine".

"Meth" causes:

  • sleeplessness
  •  increased physical acitivy
  • decreased appetite
  • increased heart rate, blood pressure and respiration
  • limitless long term effects including cardiac and neurological damage.

"Meth users" may also exhibit:

  •  aggressive and psychotic behavior
  •  irritability and anxiety
  • paranoia or  auditory hallucinations as well as seizures or paranoia that is so severe the user becomes violent or suicidal.

"Meth" is smoked, snorted, injected, or administered orally.
Users refer to "Meth" as Lith, Crank, Cystal, Ice, Speed, Glass and Chalk.Methamphetamine is an ...

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What is GHB?

Posted on : March 19, 2013 Updated on : March 19, 2013 in: Drug Education .

GHB or Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid is a compound that was initially used by body builders to stimulate muscle growth.

In recent years GHB has become popular as a recreational drug amoung club kids and partygoers.

  • GHB users risk many negative physical effects including: vomiting, liver failure, potentially fatal respiratory problems, and tremors and seizures, which can result in a coma.
  • GHB has reportedly been used in cases of date rape.  Because GHB is odorless and tasteless, it can be slipped into someone's drink without detection.

GHB may also produce withdrawal effects, including insominia, anxiety, tremors and sweating.

GHB is reported ...

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Environmental hazards of Methamphetamine

Posted on : March 19, 2013 Updated on : March 20, 2013 in: Drug Education .

 

Environmental damage is another consequence of clandestine "Meth" labs. Meth lab "cooks" leave approximately six pounds of hazardous toxic waste for each pound of methamphetamine produced.

Lab operators often pour leftover chemicals and by-products down household drains, wells, storm drains, or directly onto the ground. Solvents and other toxic chemicals used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process pose long-term hazards because they remain in the soil and groundwater for years. Clean-up costs are extremely high because contaminated soil, buildings and other materials must be removed and incinerated.

Chemicals used to make Methamphetamine:

  • Solvents:  Acetone, ether/starter fluid, freon, hexane, methanol, toluene ...

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What can I do about Drugs & Drug Houses?

Posted on : March 19, 2013 Updated on : March 19, 2013 in: Drug Education .

Here are some signs to look for:

  • Chemical odors coming from the house, garbage or a detached  building.
  • Garbage containing numerous bottles, containers, and materials such as  those mentioned earlier in other articles.
  • Coffee filters, bed sheets or other material stained from filtering red  phosphorus or other chemicals. 
  • Occupant sets his garbage for pick-up in another neighbor's collection area. 

There are actions that "you" as a private citizen can take to ensure methamphetamine manufacturing and drug dealing is not occurring in your neighborhood.

  • If there is a life threatening emergency situation - please call 9-1-1
  •  If you observe unusual activity ...

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Questions and answers regarding alcohol

Posted on : March 19, 2013 Updated on : March 19, 2013 in: Drug Education .

Question:  Are beer and wine "safer" than hard liquor? 

Answer:    No.  One 12 ounce beer has about as much alcohol as a 1.5ounce shot of liquor, a 5 ounce glass of wine, or a wine cooler.

Question:  Why can't teens drink if their parents can?

Answer:    Teens' bodies are still developing and alcohol has a greater impact on their physical and mental well-being.  For example, people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begain drinking at age 21.

Question:   How can I say no to alcohol?  I'm ...

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