- The “Vegas Cocktail” is a combination of Soma/Carisoprodol and Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Vicodin). The “Soma Coma” is a combination of Soma and Codeine. Both produce a euphoric effect, are addictive, and the combination can cost less than $100 per month. The US Department of Justice has a nice overview which states 2,276,000 U.S. residents aged 12 and older used Soma non-medically at least once in their lifetime. These combinations of drugs are in our “trigger list” for when a clinical evaluation is appropriate.
- A “Pharm Party” is where people get together and the price of admission is a bottle of prescription drugs, which are mixed in a bowl and randomly ingested by the participants. There is some dispute how prevalent this is or even if it’s a media invention, but a 2006 Monitoring the Future study shows that prescription drug use among teenagers is second only to marijuana and is second to none among 12- and 13- year olds (think about that for a moment). In addition, Partnership for a Drug-Free America found that 62% of teenagers say that prescription pain relievers are easy to get from their parent’s medicine cabinet. These and other sobering statistics can be found at the Adolescent Substance Abuse Knowledge Base.
- The Ohio State University School of Pharmacy feels so strongly about the issue that they’ve consolidated resources on prescription drug abuse by Generation Rx.
In this together – Mark
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