What is a Pharm Party?
It's not a keg party out on the farm!
Today, when young people talk about a "Pharm Party," they are not
necessarily referring to a keg party in someone's barn out on the
family farm. The new term "Pharm Party" refers to a party where
prescription drugs are readily available in a potentially deadly
mixture. The term "Pharm" is short for pharmaceuticals, which
includes such drugs as Xanax, a strong tranquilizer and powerful
pain killers like Vicodin and Oxycontin. Often times mind altering
psychotropic drugs like Zoloft, Prozac, and Wellbutrin, commonly
advertised on television, are taken in concert with other powerful
pain pills and tranquilizers at these pharmaceutical cocktail
parties. Pharm party goers often refer to this potentially lethal
concoction as "trail mix". The "trail mix" is usually served up in
large bowls or baggies and handed out to guests in the same fashion
as a hostess serves snacks and drinks at a cocktail party.
The DEA reported the arrests of 18 people in September of 2005
that accounted for an estimated 4,600 internet pharmacies. These
pharmacies or "pill mills" are selling prescription drugs freely on
the Internet. On the heels of the DEA report, results from the 2005
Partnership for a Drug-Free America survey shows that three in five
youths have free unmonitored access to prescription pain killers via
the family home. Pharming parties are becoming so popular the word "pharming"
has become a familiar term used on Internet chat sites when
referring to the collection of pills from the family medicine chest
or the Internet. Many kids believe these prescription drugs to be
less dangerous because they are "prescribed by a doctor". From the
television ad campaigns selling anti-depressant medications, to the
Internet and family medicine cabinet the availability of
prescription drugs is an epidemic that has the potential to far
exceed the devastation society is being faced with already through
illegal drug use in the U.S.
Summertime can be adventurous for kids while they are out of
school and is also a time when many kids become exposed to drugs for
the first time. We encourage all parents to take the time to get
educated on the subject of drugs and their abuse and to talk to your
children about drugs and alcohol abuse. Do it for the sake of our
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