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Being a teen brings new challenges. Between school, extracurricular activities, sports, socializing and jobs, stress can build up pretty easily and quickly. Hopefully you have a positive outlet for stress and can relieve it with healthy choices like exercise or talking to trusted friends and adults. If you turn to alcohol or drugs to relieve stress, know that this can be a deadly mistake. A momentary high may become a lifetime of regret.  And yes, one time can kill you.

You may have heard all about new drugs, trends and challenges from friends or on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube, but it’s important to know the hard facts about all of these things, not just the crazy stories. More often than not, those stories leave out tragic endings. If you end up in a situation where you’re faced to make a decision that could change your life forever, you should at least be well-informed and prepared.

Even if you don’t think you’ll ever try drugs or drink illegally or irresponsibly, it’s possible that someone you’re with might. Keep the Poison Help number (1-800-222-1222) programmed in your cell phone. Calls are free and confidential and can save your life. Don’t ever hesitate to call. Too many teens die because they’re afraid to ask for help.

Be smart, even if you’ve just made a really dumb mistake.

We’re a generation dependent on smart phones and search engines, and though the Internet can sometimes solve some problems, it’s not likely to save our lives. Poisons act fast. Don’t waste time searching for poison information, which is far too complex to be accurate on a website; call the Poison Help number instead. Every second counts, and you get treatment advice specific to your own situation, free and confidentially.

The Poison Help number isn’t just for emergencies either. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to call. You’ll be talking to an expert and your call will be completely confidential. No one will judge you or scold you. The experts are there to help keep you safe, well informed, and prepared … and with years of experience, we promise, they’ve heard it all.

Times are tough and teen years are tougher. Things happen. Get prepared. Stay informed. Live poison-free.

For the latest information about teen trends, check out the links below:

Bath Salts
Synthetic cathinones, or “bath salts” are powerful drugs that can cause hallucinations and violent behavior.

Synthetic Marijuana
Use of synthetic cannabinoids, or “synthetic marijuana,” can cause dangerous health effects like psychotic episodes and seizures.

Cinnamon Challenge
Swallowing a spoonful of cinnamon can harm the lungs, especially for people with asthma. 

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