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Identifying drug paraphernalia that may invoke intense cravings

Identifying drug paraphernalia that may invoke intense cravings

The saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” can’t be truer than in the case of drug lovers who find ways and means to satisfy their cravings. They even use equipment to produce, consume or conceal illicit drugs and have a safe route to pleasure. The use of such equipment is known as drug paraphernalia. Some common examples include roach clips, pipes (metal, stone, plastic, wooden, acrylic, glass or ceramic), miniature spoons, chillums (cone-shaped marijuana/hash pipes), cigarette papers and bongs.

Federal law defines drug paraphernalia as “any equipment, product, or material of any kind which is primarily intended or designed for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, concealing, producing, processing, preparing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body, a controlled substance, possession of which is unlawful.” According to the U.S. Code Title 21 Section 863, it is unlawful to sell or offer for sale; to transport drug paraphernalia via mails or interstate commerce or to import or export drug paraphernalia.

Identifying drug paraphernalia is a difficult task

It can be a challenging task to identify drug paraphernalia because the products are generally used for legitimate purposes in day-to-day life. For instance, marijuana pipes and bongs bear a misleading disclaimer indicating their use for tobacco products.

Bongs, pipes and clips are available in bright, trendy colors, adorned with flashy and distinct designs such as devils, dragons, skulls and wizards. Manufacturers try to entice teenagers and young adults by glamorizing drug use and make it look cool. Factors, such as the way these products are being sold, class of business selling these items and descriptions or instructions accompanying the items, need to be considered while recognizing drug paraphernalia.

These items are also sold through  “head shops” or are available online, and drug uses are smart enough to avail what they want. Furthermore, what makes it more challenging to track drug paraphernalia is relatively low cost of the products that can be easily concealed too. However, many products are quite expensive and may cost up to hundreds or thousands of dollars. Therefore, there is a lot for users depending on their preference, wealth and social standing. Some people are also capable of making drug paraphernalia at home using common household products and surprisingly, such items are comparatively much easier to conceal, can evade detection and subsequent arrest.

Hints of drug paraphernalia at home

With rise in recreational drug use among youths, many may be involved in preparing drug paraphernalia at home. Parents need to vigilant to identify such practices and curb them before it becomes a concern.

Suspicious items present in the home are enough to notify parents that their children are using drugs, which is both illegal and fatal. Given below are two most common tell-tale signs of drugs being concealed and used at home:

1. Spotting inhalants

Drugs including marijuana and cocaine are generally inhaled or snorted and require some good paraphernalia. Parents can look for possible items, such as a glass bowl, bong or pipe, that their children might be using to smoke these drugs. These objects can differ in size, ranging from small bowls to bongs of the size of flower vases. Tobacco paper used for rolling joints, a wooden or metal grinder to slice the larger buds of the marijuana plant can be other items used. In case of cocaine users, flat glass objects or small mirrors, razor blades and rolled up money can be used for snorting. Cocaine can also be hidden within jewelry pieces and plastic baggies.

2. Spotting injected drugs

Syringes used or unused found hidden at home may hint that somebody in the house is injecting drugs like heroin. In addition, finding a belt or rope (used to tie off the user’s arms to locate veins easily), a spoon and lighter (used to heat up the drug) and cotton balls for primitive filtration system; are visible signs of drug paraphernalia.

Treating drug abuse

Drug addiction in any form is harmful to mental, physiological and emotional health. Intervention of an expert must be sought immediately before matters go out of hand. It is better to take timely action than regret later.

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