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Feds Warn Of Heroin-Laced Vape Solution After Two High Schoolers Hospitalized – CBS Sacramento






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Coventry Schools Holding ‘The Dangers Of Vaping’ Program


COVENTRY, RI — Coventry middle and high school students and their parents are invited to attend a public presentation about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping. The program will be held on Nov. 13 in the Coventry High School auditorium.

“The Dangers of Vaping” presentation will start at 6 p.m., presented by David Neill of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“This is being offered as an opportunity to come together as a community and learn more about a problem that impacts many students directly and indirectly,” the district write on Facebook. “Sadly, last year we had very low attendance. Please try to make time for this very important event.”

On Sept. 25, Governor Gina Riamondo called for an emergency ban of all sales of flavored vaping products in the state, just one day after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency and temporarily banned the sale of all e-cigarette sales.

The ban has since been challenged by a lawsuit filed by The Vapor Technology Association.





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Vaping: This is not becoming a crisis; it is one – Opinion – The Dispatch


• Editor’s note: Kara Wood teaches at West Davidson High School and is the parent of students at WDHS, Tyro Middle and a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She wrote this article in the hopes of being part of a much-needed wake-up call.

Fact: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to date, “North Carolina has seen 40 cases [of vape-induced lung illnesses], ranging in ages from 16 to 72, with patients experiencing severe cough and shortness of breath in addition to fever, fatigue, chest pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, according to ongoing updates provided by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.”

This week, I pointblank asked one of my honors classes what percentage of students at our school — NOT students in our county, NOT in the state, NOT in the nation, but simply in OUR SCHOOL — that they thought currently vaped or had vaped in the past.

I knew they’d be honest with me. I love the fact, no, I depend on the fact that we have such a rapport.

Honestly, I expected a fairly high number.

Why did their answers catch me so off guard?

In truth, I wasn’t at all prepared for their candid responses.

Want to guess?

Think you’ll be anywhere close?

Though almost twenty years in the classroom helped me reign in utter shock, their overwhelming consensus blew me away: “Mrs. Wood, it’s well more than half …”

“Come again?”

One student very succinctly cleared up any misconceptions: “Based on what we see, easily more than half of our students either vape currently or have vaped in the past.”

I couldn’t stop myself: “Haven’t you seen the news? Haven’t you seen the research on lung crystals or popcorn lung? People are dying because of this mess!”

Our conversations afterward included a mixture of responses; some were genuinely surprised by my facts while others remained unfazed. To be honest, a few came off a tad condescending — along the “when you play with fire you take the risk of getting burned and shouldn’t expect sympathy” line of thinking. I cannot and do not endorse that sentiment. These are our children; the key word is children. Their frontal lobes are still developing; thus, they still make many decisions based on impulse. Not logic. Not reasoning. Impulse.

What’s worse than their impulsivity is the fact that their decision to do something new, vaping, something so many of their peers casually shrug off as “no big deal,” often leads to an addiction, and it happens so quickly that once they find themselves there, they’ve landed in quite the predicament, a black hole of sorts — one with dire consequences.

Not only does vaping lead to long-term effects, but it can also quickly yield short-term physical, mental and emotional effects (including rather drastic changes in habits and personalities). Once these take hold, they are seemingly impossible to escape.

Our children feel trapped.

They feel the walls closing in.

What’s worse is that when the few who do turn to parents/guardians, willingly or otherwise, we often do not know how to even begin to help them.

Quite frankly, we don’t understand the magnitude of what all of this even means (I didn’t know until recently how concentrated the nicotine is in these pods, which is, essentially, what makes the addiction so powerful).

This isn’t a matter of simply repeating the old adage, “you got yourself into this mess,” or worse, demanding they “just quit.”

Folks, for so many, this is a true addiction. And our teenagers may be hiding them right under our noses because they do not know where to turn, and they’re too scared to turn to us.

We cannot turn a blind eye to this issue and expect it to go away.

We are in a crisis.

It is a true epidemic.

It. Is. Here. And we can no longer sweep it under the rug.

From students in junior and senior level AP courses to middle schoolers, from athletes sharing them before games to friends passing them around parties, our children are becoming entangled in this dilemma.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. West Davidson Principal Billy Hunt has arranged for Northwest Regional Tobacco Prevention Control Manager at Appalachian Health Care, David Willard, to speak with parents/guardians and students about the dangers of vaping. This hour-long Vape Educate presentation will touch on a variety of topics, including health risks, the dangerous drugs students are mixing with vape juice, and signs/symptoms to look for when teens begin vaping.

“Personally, as the principal, I have seen a huge increase in vaping at our school and have also seen the effects vaping has had on the personalities and grades of some of our students,” Hunt wrote. “It is my hope that parents/guardians and their children attend. We need to work together as a school and community to help stop this epidemic. Your presence on Tuesday night is a good start to that process.”

Please plan to attend this night. So many think their children aren’t involved in vaping. And, as parents, we all want to believe that will continue to be our reality. For my sake and yours, I pray that will continue to be true.

However, when suspicions begin to arise, whether of our own children or of any children within our village, then we must be informed.

Knowledge is power.

Equipping ourselves with knowledge is only the first step as we unite to confront this epidemic.

For more information, visit https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2019/10/04/nc-hospital-spotted-mystery-vaping-injury-patterns-early-on/

Source: “Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with the Use of E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Products,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 Nov. 2019, www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html.



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Here’s what local schools are doing to combat Wisconsin’s growing vaping crisis


The Elmbrook School District is throwing resources at the vaping crisis to try and stop the growing number of students using. The district have put out two public service announcements.

One talks about what vaping is and the different devices

out there. The other

focuses on health risks.

Many students at Elmbrook schools have admitted to vaping, but we talked to some students at Brookfield East High School who are the exception. They have heard about vaping since middle school and they see it happening regularly in their high school.

“Most of the time that’s where I’d see it whether it’s in the bathroom or at a high school football game,” said Mark Browne.

“My friend tried my other friends and her lungs like burned. She said she felt like she was on fire because the nicotine was just so much,” said Clare Freitag.

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE:

Tanya Fredrich, the Director of Student Services for the Elmbrook School District, said the more we talk about vaping the better. She started working with teachers and parents last school year about what to look for.

“I mean a student could walk down the hall technically and be vaping and no one notice because of the way the equipment has evolved,” said Tanya Fredrich.

In the spring, results from a Youth Risk Behavior Survey found 55% of the high school students who filled out a questionnaire in the Elmbrook district tried vaping by the time they graduated.
“I think what I was surprised about was the discrepancy between students using traditional tobacco products such as cigarettes or chewing tobacco versus students using vaping for nicotine,” said Fredrich.

The survey found 8% of students admitted to using other tobacco products like cigarettes.

“They think that there’s kind of an association between tobacco-based products right they smell bad, they’ve been taught since they were tiny about the dangers of second-hand smoke and lung disease and all these things so when a product comes out that is vaper and has a water base in their minds and it smells fruity or it doesn’t smell at all it seems clean,” said Fredrich.

Elmbrook is adding a vaping curriculum for middle schoolers to reach kids at a younger age.

“The conversation is definitely important to make people aware of the health risks and all the unknowns that are in vaping,” said Browne.

School leaders will also focus on addiction resources for teens already hooked.

“Our survey data shows us that 50% of kids who vape have tried to quit unsuccessfully,” said Fredrich.

“They’ll go like two days without it and they say that they’re like spiraling out of control. I think that one of the main issues that high schoolers face is finding the resources without being judged,” said Freitag.

The district plans to put out a third PSA soon.

Here is a list of resources for parents and community members to better understand vaping, addiction and more.





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Feds Warn Of Heroin-Laced Vape Solution After Two High Schoolers Hospitalized – CBS New York






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What’s in a vape? Lab test results offer a look inside vaping products


Doctors and other health professionals have sounded the alarm about the potential dangers of vaping, and vapers we spoke with didn’t know what was inside their devices.

The I-Team brought four vaping products to a local lab. Inside these products the test found ethanol, the alcohol in beer and wine, ethyl acetate, which is used in glue, acetone, the main ingredient in nail polish remover, and methanol, used as antifreeze and found in gasoline, along with other chemicals.

Dangerous chemicals are why Matthew Wetzel of Laughing Grass Hemp tells his customers to know what you’re buying.

“It is an epidemic that’s happening here specifically with vaping carts and vaping itself, but I wanted people to come in and not be scared to talk to us about it,” he said.

After doing an independent study on his vaping products, he says there were dangerous cutting agents in some of them and he decided to take those products off his shelves.

“As far as vaping goes, we still have a lot of research to do. That’s why we only use one cartridge and one vape product in our store,” he said.

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Wetzel feels more regulation is needed in this industry, and he reached out to the Wisconsin Attorney General about the problem.

“I wanted him to understand this is a public safety risk to the citizens of Wisconsin, and he has to take a look at it,” he said.

We tested the vaping product in Wetzel’s store, and all of the chemicals the test found were under the national exposure recommendations.

Some of the vapers we spoke with aren’t worried about the potential dangers, and believe they are safer than regular cigarettes.

“If I was smoking like three pods a day or if I was buying juice from somebody online that I did not know, I’d be more concerned about it,” said Parker Vogg.

UW-Milwaukee Environmental Health Science Professor Hongbo Ma says that nicotine hooks people on something she feels isn’t safer.

“When I looked at those chemicals, I was actually shocked to see people would start to inhale those directly,” Ma said.

Whether it’s nicotine, CBD or just vaping for the flavor, all the vapes we tested had chemicals Ma said should not be inhaled.

Specifically, she explained that when heated and inhaled, ethanol goes directly into the blood stream and brain in a matter of seconds and can cause brain damage.

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Ma based her analysis of our test results on federal standards for workers who have to be exposed to these chemicals in a factory setting. There are no regulations for flash heating and inhaling chemicals.

“Anything that is not Oxygen or Nitrogen should not be in the lungs,” said Children’s Wisconsin Dr. Louella Amos.

Amos is deeply concerned about the short and long term effects of teen vaping.

“People are coming back and they’re not quite perfect,” she said. “They’re still not at the baseline that they were before they were using e-cigarettes.”

Amos speaks to schools in hopes of stopping kids before they start vaping.

She and the doctors at Children’s Wisconsin want lawmakers to change the legal age for purchasing vape products from 18 to 21.

“There are a good number of seniors who are 18 years old,” Amos said. “Seniors are friends with freshmen. They may have siblings who are younger as well. The access is there, they can get younger kids devices if they want them.”

She and doctors at Children’s Wisconsin continue to sound the alarm to keep more teens out of the ICU.

“I feel like it’s a crusade that we should all take together to prevent e-cigarette use in our youth,” Amos said.

Legislation to raise the age of smoking and vaping to 21 has been introduced in Madison, but has not yet moved out of committee.

Illinois and 17 other states have raised the legal vaping and smoking age from 18 to 21.





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Vaping crisis spreading across Wisconsin


The health risks of vaping have dominated headlines locally and nationally as adults and children are finding themselves in the ICU with complications after using these products.

We’re spending an entire day of newscasts breaking down this issue in Southeast Wisconsin to find out why people decide to vape, and what is making people sick.

We sat down with doctors at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin and at Children’s Wisconsin, as well as experts at UW-Milwaukee and a local school district trying to get out in front of this craze.

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE:

Across the board, they told us they are concerned about a number of things revolving this trend and say people, especially children, should not vape.

Special Coverage: Vaping crisis spreading across Wisconsin

Some vapes told us they have seen the dangers in the news, but have no plans to stop.

And a local shop owner has even released an advertisement telling users to make sure they know what they’re buying before they vape.

In the stories below, we examine what vaping products actually do to the human body, and what’s in a vape. We also talk with a former vaper who now smokes cigarettes more than he did previously.

We sit down with local doctors who sounded the alarm for the entire country when a number of children found themselves in the ICU, and an area school principal about how their school is targeting teenage vape use.





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Teens and Vaping: What Parents Need to Know


Summary:

  • E-cigarettes — especially flavored vaping products — are becoming more popular among teens.
  • Vaping can cause serious health issues in teens, including e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI), and impaired brain development. Vaping can also put teens at an increased risk of developing other addictions too.
  • Parents can talk with their kids about the dangers of vaping in a non-judgmental way. Pediatricians can also help by providing parents and teens with information and resources.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked vaping to over 1,600 cases of lung injury and 34 deaths throughout the United States. There have been 34 reported cases of e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) in Connecticut, and one person in the state has died from EVALI*. The youngest person who died from EVALI was just 13 years old.

Many parents are wondering how to protect their kids and help them understand the risks of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use. Here’s what parents need to know about vaping and tips for how to talk to teens about this important health issue.

How popular is vaping among teens?

The 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) showed that for the fifth year in a row, e-cigarettes are the most commonly used form of tobacco among middle school and high school students in the United States. The survey found that the number of youth e-cigarette users increased by 1.5 million when compared to the previous year’s survey results.

“A lot of e-cigarette use is coming from kids wanting to try new things — and vaping is a relatively new thing,” said Dr. Alicia Briggs, interim chair of pediatrics at Norwalk Hospital and pediatric hospitalist at Connecticut Children’s.

Why is vaping so popular among teens?

Vaping may be popular among teens because e-cigarette brands are marketing good-tasting, good-smelling flavored vaping products to young people.

The 2016 NYTS found that 31 percent of surveyed youth cited the availability of flavored vaping products, such as candy, chocolate, fruit, or mint as a reason why they used e-cigarettes. Other research shows that young people are more likely to use flavored vaping products because they incorrectly believe they are not as harmful as cigarettes.

E-cigarettes may also be popular among teens because of how they look, smell, and taste.

“Many e-cigarettes look like flash drives, so they can be concealed at home and at school,” said Dr. Briggs. “They also don’t have that caustic cigarette smell.”

Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine salts from tobacco leaves. Inhaling the vapor from nicotine salts doesn’t produce the same irritating feeling in the throat, chest, and lungs as regular cigarettes. Because e-cigarette vapor is more comfortable to inhale, kids are more likely to start using flavored e-cigarettes, and continue to use them more often once nicotine addiction sets in.

What are the health risks of e-cigarette use for teens?

Just as teens are more likely to start using e-cigarettes than older adults, they are also more likely to experience serious health issues as a result of vaping. Here are some of the risks associated with vaping.

Long-term health issues related to nicotine and other substances

Many kids don’t know that most types of e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Some e-cigarette cartridges contain as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes. Further, some e-cigarette product labels don’t disclose that they contain nicotine, and products labeled “zero nicotine” actually do include the harmful substance.

“Study results published in Tobacco Control found that 63 percent of users of a popular e-cigarette brand didn’t know that the product always contains nicotine,” said Dr. Briggs. “Teens are attracted to flavored e-cigarettes for the smell and taste. Then, without knowing it, they are becoming addicted to nicotine.”

In addition to nicotine, e-cigarettes — especially flavored varieties — can include other chemicals. Diacetyl is a chemical that was used to flavor microwave popcorn until factory workers got sick with bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn lung”. Although microwave popcorn manufacturers have stopped using diacetyl, the chemical is used in some flavored e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes may also include cancer causing chemicals, heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead and be laced with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oil, which are compounds found in marijuana.

Impaired brain development

The human brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. When teens use e-cigarettes containing THC, nicotine, and other substances, it can harm their developing brain. In young people, THC and nicotine can cause memory loss and attention deficit problems. Nicotine may affect a teen’s impulse control, mood, and ability to learn.

EVALI

Anyone who uses vaping products is at risk of developing EVALI. Young people may be more likely to develop the condition. About half of the EVALI cases and two deaths occurred in people under age 25*.

EVALI causes respiratory symptoms such as chest pain, cough, and shortness of breath. People who have EVALI may also experience general symptoms such as fatigue, fever, and unintentional weight loss, as well as gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

The CDC stated that most EVALI patients reported a history of using THC-containing products. The CDC also said that products containing THC — particularly those that have been purchased on the street or obtained from informal sources such as illicit dealers, friends, or family — may be playing a role in the outbreak.

“Teens are more prone to using vaping products that contain THC. Marijuana is the most used substance among adolescents after alcohol. They also are more likely to make, hack, or buy black-market e-cigarettes because they aren’t old enough to buy them in the store,” said Dr. Briggs. About one in three high schoolers and one in four middle schoolers in the United States reported using marijuana in e-cigarettes**.

Increased risk of developing other addictions

Kids who use e-cigarettes and become addicted to nicotine may be more likely to become addicted to other drugs too.

“E-cigarettes can be a gateway drug,” said Dr. Briggs. “There is research that links e-cigarette use to future use of illicit street drugs.”

How can I talk to my teen about vaping?

Be a role model

Parents can model healthy behaviors by not smoking or vaping themselves.

“Parents who smoke cigarettes or vape can talk with their primary care provider about options to help them quit, such as nicotine replacements,” said Dr. Briggs. “Going to smokefree.gov is a great place to start too.”

Provide facts and support

Dr. Briggs recommends that parents follow these steps to have an honest conversation with their child if they are vaping:

  1. Find a good time to have this important conversation
  2. Be ready to listen and have a dialogue
  3. Prepare for the conversation by gathering facts about why e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products, are harmful
  4. Find out what type of e-cigarettes the child is using, explain the risks, and watch for signs of complications
  5. Consult the child’s pediatrician and offer resources to help them quit vaping, such as Smoke-Free Teen and Truth Initiative

Don’t forget about second-hand vaping

People who vape put the people around them — including family and friends — at risk of developing health issues too.

What can parents, healthcare providers, and teachers do to protect teens from vaping?

Given the current health concerns associated with vaping, healthcare providers and parents should ask kids about their vaping history. Even if a child is not vaping, Dr. Briggs recommends that parents, pediatricians, teachers, and school administrators work together to make sure that the child doesn’t start.

“Parents and pediatricians should be direct and tell kids that teens have died from vaping-associated health complications. We need to advise them not to use vaping products to avoid these issues,” said Dr. Briggs. “School administrators and teachers can help by developing systems to monitor vaping in schools.”

Parents can talk to their child’s pediatrician if they have concerns about vaping. Pediatricians can point parents toward resources from the CDC and other reliable sources that can help them start a conversation with their teen about vaping.

Dr. Briggs spoke to News 8 WTNH about kids and vaping in this health segment.

*National data reported by the CDC as of October 22, 2019; Connecticut data reported by the Connecticut Department of Public Health as of October 18, 2019
**Most recent study data published in JAMA Pediatrics, 2018





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Teen Speaks Out About The Dangers Of Vaping – CBS Los Angeles


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LOMA LINDA (CBSLA) — The Centers for Disease Control said nearly 2,000 vaping-related lung injuries and 37 deaths have been reported across the country to date, and the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study Tuesday that found 1 in 4 high school students and 10% of middle school students reported that they vape.

For 15-year-old Zane Martin, it was the variety of flavors that hooked him.

“The taste,” he said. “Doughnuts.”

Martin was first introduced to vaping at a Desert Springs skate park.

“I mean, I’m pretty good,” he said. “I can do a 360. I can do a foot plant.”

Martin was telling his story from inside a room at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital where he spent three weeks in the intensive care unit and still remains in a hospital bed due to the critical injuries he received after vaping.

“I wish I had never done it,” he said.

Dr. Michael Avesar, a pediatric critical care physician at the hospital, has been treating Martin for a severe vaping-related lung injury.

“He had what we call air leak,” Avesar said. “That’s when air can get out of the chest cavity, so into the chest and neck area.”

The X-Ray on the left shows a build up of fluid and inflammation in the teen’s lungs as a result of vaping. The X-Ray on the right shows the teen’s lungs after two weeks in the ICU. (CBSLA)

Along with his lung injury, Martin had developed a MRSA infection after being sent home from a different hospital with an inhaler and some Tylenol to treat his symptoms. He later collapsed in pain and was almost completely unable to breathe .

“When I tried to stand on my leg, it felt like it was about to snap,” Martin said.

The teen underwent multiple surgeries, and when he was transferred to Loma Linda, doctors had to put him in a medically induced coma an insert a breathing tube to begin healing his lungs.

Martin’s doctors said they believe the teen’s lungs will heal fairly well, but there was no way to tell what kind of long-term damage he might have.

As for Martin, he said he had no idea about the risk of vaping and said he wanted other kids to learn from his mistakes.

“It was very bad,” he said. “I could have lost my life.”



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Morgantown police make arrest, confiscate vaping materials linked to overdoses | 104.5 FM & 1440 AM | The Voice of Morgantown


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Morgantown police say they have seized more than 100 charged vape solutions, marijuana, packaging materials, empty vape cartridges and have arrested one juvenile suspect.

Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston says with the help of other agencies and the Mon Metro Drug Task Force police made the raid today and continue to search for additional pens and/or solution.

Preston says the devices are as “TKO.”

The investigation is still ongoing, and it is believed that there are other brands and types of vape
cartridges in circulation, but the “TKO” is confirmed as one that was contaminated with heroin
and other dangerous chemicals.

Anyone with information regarding this potentially deadly product should turn it in at a school office or the police department.





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