News From Terre Haute, Indiana

News

April 24, 2013

Creative tricks help hide drug use: counselor

TERRE HAUTE — Fad drugs change quickly, and some oldies take on new twists.

Area youth workers learned Tuesday at a workshop in Brazil about which new drugs are available to kids during an Indiana Youth Institute forum that explored drug impact on children, and the growing number of designer drugs.

Noah Coley, a counselor at Hamilton Center Inc., said he has learned a lot by speaking to youths who seek help because of their drug use, and he has found that it is relatively easy to purchase some of the new synthetic drugs simply by going to a convenience store.

“This is happening in Clay County and the Wabash Valley a lot,” Coley said.

He said he has learned of students creatively bringing marijuana to school in their lunches by hiding it inside snacks. Another trick is to soak certain candies in alcohol for several days, then to bring the intoxicating candy to school to enjoy throughout the day, along with a buzz. The same can be done with alcohol-soaked tampons, since the body will absorb the alcohol into the bloodstream.

A University of Michigan study from 2012 shows that 36 percent of high school seniors have used marijuana in the past year. Synthetic marijuana — such as Spice, K2 and Mad Hatter — had been used by 11 percent of seniors during the past year. Bath salts, which are a cousin to methamphetamine, have also become common because the vendors frequently change the name and the chemical makeup of the drug to circumvent legislation against the substances.

Prescription drugs are also sneaking in, Coley said, either in home-baked brownies, in specially labeled store-bought brownies or by being absorbed into candy.

Of 16,000 youth surveyed, 20 percent reported abusing a prescription drug, Coley said. The most commonly abused are oxycotin, vicodin, xanax, valium, adderall and dextromethorphan. The statistics show that prescription drug abuse is most common among white students -- 23 percent -- followed by Hispanics at 17 percent and African-Americans at 12 percent. Prescription abuse was also most common among seniors  — 26 percent — and least common among freshmen at 15 percent.

A scary drug with gruesome side effects has not yet reached the United States, but it is being seen in Russia and Eastern Europe — Krockadil, pronounced the same as crocodile.

Coley said the drug is eight to 10 times more potent than morphine, and is notorious for producing severe tissue damage, phlebitis and gangrene, sometimes requiring limb amputation. The drug eats away at fingers and toes from the inside out, slowing progressing toward the torso as it destroys arms and legs.

Salvia, also known as sage or garden sage, is an illegal drug in Indiana. It can be easily found, easily ingested, but its side effects can cause life-altering and life-threatening damage.

Coley said that the first and sometimes most obvious warning signs for young people who are abusing drugs can be found in the eyes of a young person. The eyes can be glassy and red, with contracted or dialated pupils, watery and with impaired vision. Physical change in a young person using drugs is often apparent, but Coley cautioned that some people might prefer to attribute a change to “those awkward teenage years.”

That is a mistake, he said. It is easier to assume the worst and talk to the young person about drug use and choices, but then retreat if that is not a problem the teen is experiencing, he said.

The synthetic drug problem is expected to be tackled again this summer by the Indiana legislature in its study period. Bath salts — which contain chemicals identified as mephedrone, methylone and MDVP — have already been targeted by a 2012 law signed by President Barack Obama that places those chemicals on the Schedule 1 controlled substance list, which prohibits their sale or prescription.

Detective Steve Lockard of the Vigo County Drug Task Force told the Tribune-Star he hopes state legislation on sythenic drugs will give police more teeth to enforce laws and discourage businesses from selling items such as Spice, K2 and other synthetic marijuana.

Many of the drug abuse problems described by Coley have been seen in the Terre Haute area for years, Lockard said, but many are also such quick fads that don’t make it to Indiana. Still, area police are constantly training about the latest drug fads.

“Hopefully, we don’t see them, but we do want to be prepared if we do,” he said.

More than 40 area youth workers from Clay, Vigo and Putnam County attended Tuesday’s Youth Worker Cafe, which was intended to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children. The event was supported by Hamilton Center, Clay Community Schools LEAAP Center and IYI.

For more information, go online to the Indiana Youth Institute website at www.iyi.org.

Reporter Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or lisa.trigg@tribstar.com. Follow her on Twitter @TribStarLisa.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
News
  • Camm Steidl ISU Justice system questioned

    David Camm says that when he looks critically at the Indiana State Police today, he sees arrogance, ego and the desire for personal — even monetary — gain.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Death certificate delay angers Health Board

    The Vigo County coroner is not signing death certificates in a timely manner as required by law, according to the Vigo County Health Department.

    April 23, 2014

  • MET042314 glove.jpg MARK BENNETT: The memories from a baseball mitt fit like a glove

    Man hasn’t developed the technology for time travel.
    The smell of your old baseball glove can come pretty close, though.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Former Parke County teacher arrested on felony charges

    A former Montezuma Elementary teacher — who also had served as president of the Southwest Parke Education Association — was arrested Wednesday on felony counts related to alleged missing funds, according to Indiana State Police.

    April 23, 2014

  • Bucshon has commanding money lead

    Incumbent U.S. Rep. Larry D. Bucshon of Newburgh has a commanding lead in campaign funds over fellow Republican Andrew McNeil of Freedom for the May 6 primary election, according to election reports from the Federal Election Commission.

    April 23, 2014

  • MET042314 arborday dell.jpg City’s first Arbor Day awards named

    Terre Haute and its citizens were recognized on Wednesday night for contributions to the urban forest.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • kersey turner Turner skips House ethics hearing

    House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner skipped a House ethics review Wednesday but claimed in filings submitted to the panel that he did nothing wrong when he fought legislation that would have cost him millions of dollars in profits.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Activity Fair is Saturday at park

    Are you looking for fun, afterschool and summer activities for your kids? You can review options a the Greater Terre Haute Afterschool Network Camps and Activities Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Vigo County YMCA at Fairbanks Park, according to a press release.

    April 23, 2014

  • Children’s charity to conduct fundraiser this weekend

    March for Babies — the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies — will step off Saturday morning at ISU’s Memorial Stadium on the east side of Terre Haute.

    April 23, 2014

  • Villa Grove High School students win state anti-drinking PSA contest

    The State of Illinois on Wednesday announced that students from the eastern Illinois’ Villa Grove High School won the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s statewide video public service announcement contest. The announcement ceremony at the Douglas County school also served as the statewide kickoff for this spring’s Your Actions Matter! underage drinking awareness campaign.

    April 23, 2014

  • MET 042214 SWIM BULL.jpg Swim by 7 program

    Swim by 7 is a collaborative effort involving the United Way of the Wabash Valley and the Vigo County School Corp. As envisioned, all VCSC kindergarten students would participate in the learn-to-swim program once the new VCSC Aquatics Facility is constructed and ready for use at Voorhees Park.

    April 22, 2014 6 Photos 1 Video

  • Candidates file finance reports

    The Democratic race for judge of Vigo County Superior Court Division 2 boasts the most fundraising of all campaigns for the May 6 primary election.

    April 22, 2014

  • MET042214 earthdaymcclennan.jpg Mayor Duke Bennett leads community discussion on litter

    Talking trash in the neighborhood can get down and dirty.

    April 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Public hears about grant to clean up E. coli in Otter Creek

    Greg Dunham has known Otter Creek since his childhood. “I walked that creek. I lived in that creek and I was all the time fishing in it, so this was news to me” he said about the concern of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in the Otter Creek watershed.

    April 22, 2014

  • MET042214 elanco.jpg Lilly to buy Novartis Animal Health

    Eli Lilly and Co. plans to acquire Novartis Animal Health for about $5.4 billion, a move believed to strengthen and diversify Lilly’s own animal health business, Elanco.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • MET 042114 NEW ISU TRACK.jpg VIDEO: Indiana State breaks ground for $4.3M riverside track and field facility

    Indiana State University officials, community leaders and donors broke ground Monday on a new, $4.3 million track and field facility on the Wabash riverfront, along North First Street.

    April 21, 2014 3 Photos 1 Video

  • Panel approves new school benchmarks

    A panel of Indiana business and education leaders were met with boos and jeers from attendees after they voted overwhelmingly Monday to support new math and English standards set to replace the Common Core in classrooms this fall.

    April 21, 2014

  • schaffer, aaron.jpg Man to face several charges in Linton shooting death

    A homicide northeast of Linton is being investigated by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • aquatic center exterior.jpg Board approves bond structure to fund central pool project

    The Vigo County School Corp.’s $9.8 million aquatics center is “on schedule” and “the budget looks good,” Superintendent Dan Tanoos told the School Board on Monday.

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Judge: Indiana hasn’t given good reason for same-sex marriage ban

    A federal judge has said that attorneys defending Indiana’s gay marriage ban haven’t given a valid reason why the state should not recognize the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom has a terminal illness.

    April 21, 2014

  • Police: Death from natural causes for 2 bodies found in home

    Death by natural causes has been ruled in the deaths of two people whose bodies were found Sunday evening inside their Pimento area home in southern Vigo County.

    April 21, 2014

  • MET 042114 NEW FIREFIGHTER.jpg 10 men, 1 woman added to Fire Dept. ranks

    Eleven recruits joined the ranks of the Terre Haute Fire Department on Monday during a swearing-in ceremony at Terre Haute City Hall.

    April 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • Mayor to host Earth Day event for children

    Mayor Duke Bennett has partnered with Indiana State University and the Vigo County Public Library to invite children grades K-5 for an evening of hands-on, environmental learning at the City’s first Earth Day Extravaganza. The free event will be today, Earth Day, from 4 ot 6 p.m. at the library.

    April 21, 2014

  • City to host Arbor Day award reception Wednesday

    Terre Haute’s urban forester and Mayor Duke Bennett will host Terre Haute’s first Arbor Day Urban Forest Award reception at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Ohio Building.

    April 21, 2014

  • MET 042014 DOUBLE-DEATH.jpg 2 bodies found in Pimento home

    Police were at the scene of a death investigation on Sunday in southern Vigo County.
    “It’s a double death investigation,” Vigo County Chief Deputy Clark E. Cottom told the Tribune-Star at the scene.

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT041614 morrismorris.jpg BOSTON MARATHON: Not intimidated

    One reason Mike Morris — and many runners can relate — has been a distance runner for 30 years is it’s restorative powers. Not to the body but to the mind.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • MET 041814 HUXFORD PAT.jpg VIDEO: Overcoming symptoms

    Even when he was in grade school, it was obvious Justin Huxford was a special kid.
    He was the first at Rio Grande Elementary School to walk 100 miles around the school grounds over the school year, one of just a handful of kids to meet the goal.

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos 1 Video

  • MET 042014 POWELL EASTER.jpg Answering the call

    Static was the only thing on TV or radio. People were on their knees as they prayed. It was, as if for three whole days, the world stood still.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • TH wins 8th Tree City USA ‘Growth’ award

    Terre Haute was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

    April 20, 2014

  • ISU hosts Ukraine panel today

    In Ruth Fairbanks’ morning commute to work recently, she heard two news stories on the radio about Ukraine. Considering her drive-time is just five minutes, it demonstrates how unstable — and newsworthy — Eastern Europe is these days.

    April 20, 2014

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit New Pictures of Ship That Sank in 1888 Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Air Force: $4.2B Saved From Grounding A-10s US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt UConn Wins NCAA Men's Basketball Champsionship
NDN Video
BASE Jumpers Set World Record Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot Screaming 2-year-old gets psyched at Penguins game Beyonce on Her Biggest Influence Michael Strahan's First Day on "GMA" Clerk catches on fire after man throws Molotov Cocktail into Brooklyn store Amazon's Deal With HBO Leapfrogs Streaming Rivals Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News