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Don't be fooled: "Skittle parties" have nothing to do with colors or candy

September 21, 2012
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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I recently came across the term “Skittle parties” and to say I am alarmed would be an understatement.  According to a recent press release from Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center, young men and women are getting together for events called “Skittle parties.”  One of the scariest parts about this to me, is the name.  When I saw the headline of the press release, I immediately had thoughts of candy, innocence, and fun.  Young people might event think the same thing when one of their friends invites them to one of these “parties.” 

How this type of event works is much like a “pot-luck” dinner that most people are familiar with.  Each of the attendees brings with them some pills that they have taken out of their parents’ or grandparents’ cabinets.  These pills include things like Ritalin, Tylenol with Codeine and narcotics, according to the release.  Once these kids arrive to the party, they then toss their pills into a collective bag and take turns pulling pills out of the bag to ingest it.  This activity is extremely dangerous and it is crucial for clinicians and parents to be aware of the youth in the home when prescribing or receiving these medications. 

We all know that prescription drug abuse is no small battle and that the younger generations are increasingly getting involved in the abuse.  The center suggests to parents that they may want to put the medications into a lockbox, or keep record of the amount of pills you have at all times as to keep tabs on the medicine in the home. The Medicine Abuse Project also outlines steps to safeguard your medicines at home, one of which is disposing of any expired or unused prescription medicines.

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