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DMT

DMT

 

DMT

What is DMT?

 

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a hallucinogenic tryptamine. It is found in a variety of plants and seeds, and can also be produced synthetically.

What are the street names/slang terms for DMT?

 

Businessman’s trip.

What does it look like?

 

Pure DMT is most often found in crystal form.

How is it used?

 

Generally it is sniffed, smoked or injected.

What are its short-term effects?

 

Hallucinogenic effects last for about 45 to 60 minutes. Because the effects last only about an hour, the experience is called a “businessman’s trip.”

What are its long-term effects?

 

Unknown.

What is its federal classification?

 

Schedule I

Source

 

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Click on the link below to download the fact sheet for this drug:

 

DMT Fact Sheet (PDF)

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PA Surveys

PA Surveys

Drug Free Pennsylvania is dedicated to reducing substance abuse across the Commonwealth through anti-drug public service campaigns, media literacy in schools, and the development of drug-free workplace programs for businesses. In an effort to further enhance our existing programs we conducted several surveys in recent years regarding the attitudes and beliefs of employers, employees, and middle school students towards substance use and abuse. Please click on the links below to read the results of our surveys:

2005 Workplace Surveys

2003 Workplace Survey

2001 PA Middle School Survey

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Tobacco

Tobacco

Tobacco

What is Tobacco?

Tobacco is an agricultural crop.

What are the street names/slang terms for Tobacco?

Chew, Dip, Fags, Smoke.

What does it look like?

Brown cut up leaves.

How is it used?

Tobacco is usually smoked. Sometimes tobacco leaves are “dipped” or “chewed” so the nicotine is absorbed via the gums.

What are its short-term effects?

When a person smokes a cigarette, the body responds immediately to the chemical nicotine in the smoke. Nicotine causes a short-term increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and the flow of blood from the heart. It also causes the arteries to narrow. Carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen the blood can carry. This, combined with the effects produced by nicotine, creates an imbalance in the demand for oxygen by the cells and the amount of oxygen the blood is able to supply.

What are its long-term effects?

It is now well documented that smoking can cause chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke, as well as cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, and bladder. In addition, smoking is known to contribute to cancer of the cervix, pancreas, and kidneys. Researchers have identified more than 40 chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause cancer in humans and animals. Smokeless tobacco and cigars also have deadly consequences, including lung, larynx, esophageal, and oral cancer. The harmful effects of smoking do not end with the smoker. Women who use tobacco during pregnancy are more likely to have adverse birth outcomes, including babies with low birth weight, which is linked with an increased risk of infant death and with a variety of infant health disorders. The health of nonsmokers is adversely affected by environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). Each year, exposure to ETS causes an estimated 3,000 non-smoking Americans to die of lung cancer and causes up to 300,000 children to suffer from lower

respiratory-tract infections. Evidence also indicates that exposure to ETS increases the risk of coronary heart disease.

What is its federal classification?

Schedule I

Source

American Heart Association (AHA); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Click on the link below to download the fact sheet for this drug:

Tobacco Fact Sheet (PDF)

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Crystal Meth

Crystal Meth

Crystal Meth

What is Crystal Meth?

Crystal Meth is a very pure, smokeable form of methamphetamine. It is an extremely addictive stimulant.

What are the street names/slang terms for Crystal Meth?

Ice, Tina.

What does it look like?

Clear crystal chunks, like ice.

How is it used?

Usually smoked, sometimes snorted or injected.

What are its short-term effects?

Its effects are similar to those of cocaine but longer lasting. Crystal Meth can cause erratic, violent behavior among its users. Effects include suppressed appetite, interference with sleeping behavior, mood swings and unpredictability, tremors and convulsions, increased blood pressure, irregular heart rate.

What are its long-term effects?

Long-term effects can include coma, stroke or death.

What is its federal classification?

Schedule II

Source

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Click on the link below to download the fact sheet for this drug:

Crystal Meth Fact Sheet (PDF)

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2001 PA Middle School Survey

2001 PA Middle School Survey

Pennsylvania Middle School Youth Study Shows Prevention Starts at Home

In May and June of 2001, Drug Free Pennsylvania conducted a statewide survey of Pennsylvania middle school students. Nearly 3,500 public and parochial students in grades six, seven, and eight were interviewed. Key findings included:

  • Students find talking with adults about drugs and alcohol valuable – 82% of those surveyed considered discussions about drugs as helpful, while 86% said discussions about alcohol are helpful.
  • When adults in the home talk with them regularly about drug and alcohol use, students said the likelihood of them using drugs and alcohol decreases.
  • Pennsylvania middle school students’ use of various drugs – including cocaine, crack, ecstasy, marijuana and inhalants – is far below national averages.
  • The good news is that Drug Free Pennsylvania anti-drug messages are getting across – 56% said commercials made them more aware of the risks of using drugs.
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Peyote

Peyote

Peyote

What is Peyote?

Peyote is a small, spineless cactus, Lophophora williamsii, whose principal active ingredient is the hallucinogen mescaline. From earliest recorded time, peyote has been used by natives in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States as a part of traditional religious rites. Mescaline can be extracted from peyote or produced synthetically.

What are the street names/slang terms for Peyote?

Buttons, Cactus, Mesc.

What does it look like?

The top of the cactus above ground–also referred to as the crown–consists of disc-shaped buttons that are cut from the roots and dried.

How is it used?

These buttons are generally chewed or soaked in water to produce an intoxicating liquid.

What are its short-term effects?

Once ingested, peyote can cause feelings of nausea before the desired mental effects appear, which are altered states of perception and feeling. Other effects can include increased body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure; loss of appetite, sleeplessness, numbness, weakness, tremors. Effects can be different during each use due to varying potency, the amount ingested, and the user’s expectations, mood and surroundings. On some trips, users experience sensations that are enjoyable. Others can include terrifying thoughts, and anxiety, fears of insanity, death, or losing control.

What are its long-term effects?

Some users experience “flashbacks”, or hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD), which are reoccurrences of hallucinations long after ingesting the drug. The causes of these effects, which in some users occur after a single experience with the drug, are not known.

What is its federal classification?

Schedule I

Source

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Click on the link below to download the fact sheet for this drug:

Peyote Fact Sheet (PDF)

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media

Media Campaign Overview

Media Campaign Overview

 

Using the Media to Create Awareness

Americans, especially youth, are big consumers of media. The media influences our decisions and actions by informing us about what is going on in our communities and trends in our culture. Drug Free Pennsylvania uses the power of the media to reach young people and their parents with information and positive drug-free messages through these major initiatives:

  • Media Partnership Campaign – Drug Free Pennsylvania works with broadcast and print media across the Commonwealth to promote anti-drug messages through an ongoing statewide public service campaign.
  • Media Literacy Program – Working through educators, this program teaches students how to critically evaluate the drug and alcohol information they receive from today’s media so they can make healthy informed choices.

Click here to learn more about our media projects.

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business

EAP

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

 

Helping Employees Cope

Pressure, change, competition, and the economy create challenges

for employees as they balance workplace demands and personal issues.

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is an assessment and short-term

counseling service designed to assist employers and employees in

preventing and resolving problems that threaten work performance

and employee well being. By implementing an EAP, you get results – higher

productivity, lower absenteeism, improved morale and employee loyalty.

Drug Free Pennsylvania offers companies a cost-effective EAP Consortium

with access to a multi-state network of professionals. The consortium

provides various models to meet your company’s needs and

budget.

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Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteer your time to combat substance abuse.

Here are some ways you can help

  • Administrative Support – Volunteers help staff in general office work, such as filing, answering phones, and mailings.
  • Media Spokesmen – Drug Free Pennsylvania is always looking for people knowledgeable in substance abuse issues to answer media queries.
  • Creative Help – Can you write? Are you a graphic designer? Help create exciting new public service campaigns and collateral materials.
  • Web Site Assistance – If you enjoy computers and the Internet, help staff keep Drug Free Pennsylvania’s web site up to date.
  • Testimonials – Testimony is a powerful marketing tool. If you used Drug Free Pennsylvania’s services, please help by telling others about your experiences.
  • Advocacy – Does politics and the legislative process interest you? Drug Free Pennsylvania can always use help in researching issues, contacting legislators, and developing grassroots support.
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Supporters

Supporters

Drug Free Pennsylvania sincerely thanks the following organizations, businesses and individuals who supported our efforts in fiscal year 2006-2007.

Government Grants and Contracts

  • Pennsylvania Department of Health (Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (SETCO)
  • Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Corporate Donations

  • Graystone Bank
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • PAP Security Printing, Inc.
  • PCI Insurance, Inc.
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association
  • WLPA-AM/WROZ-FM

Individual Donations

  • Mr. Fred Anton
  • Ms. Linda Bebko-Jones
  • Central Dauphin Ram’s Touchdown Club
  • Mr. and Mrs. Milton Deitch
  • Mr. George Grode
  • Ms. Abbie Jacobs
  • Ms. Tige Johnston
  • Ms. Kristen Kaskie
  • Mr. Charles Kern
  • Mr. Michael McCarthy
  • Mr. and Mrs. Roger Urban
  • Mr. Michael Warfel

In-Kind Donations

  • Flagondry Design
  • Huggins Printing Company
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association

2007 Internet Auction Donors

  • ABC West Lanes
  • Adventure Sports in Hershey
  • American Civil War Museum
  • Anderson Bakery Company, Inc.
  • Artworks Gallery and Quality Framing
  • Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses
  • Beanie’s of Lancaster
  • Best Dressed Associates, Inc.
  • Bias Travel
  • The Bicycle Shop
  • Billow’s TV & Appliance
  • Birdsfoot Golf Club
  • Bliss Full Service Salon
  • Bon-Ton Stores
  • Bradford Village Dream Dinners
  • Bube’s Brewery
  • Caesars Pocono Resorts
  • California Café
  • Camelbeach Waterpark
  • Capital City Car Wash
  • Carradam Golf Club
  • Cherry-Crest Farm
  • The Club at Blackthorne
  • Cummins Power Systems, Inc.
  • Damon’s Grill of York
  • Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
  • Doubletree Hotel & Suites
  • Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
  • Dutch Wonderland
  • Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc.
  • Fairview Golf Course
  • Felicita Resort
  • Flagondry Design
  • Fulton Theatre
  • Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub
  • GIANT Food Stores
  • Glengarry Golf Links
  • Harrisburg City Islanders
  • Harrisburg Senators Baseball Club
  • Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Healthy Grocer
  • Hershey Bears Hockey Club
  • The Hershey Company
  • HERSHEYPARK
  • Hershey Theatre
  • Holiday Inn Harrisburg East
  • Homewood Suites – Harrisburg East
  • The Hotel Hershey
  • Jason’s Woods Entertainment
  • JDK Catering, Inc.
  • Just Born, Inc.
  • Karns Quality Foods
  • Kenneth & Co.
  • Klose Photography
  • Lake Tobias Wildlife Park
  • Lamberti Restaurants
  • Lancaster Arts Hotel
  • Laserdome
  • Mangia Qui
  • Maple Crest Golf Course
  • Martins Potato Chips, Inc.
  • National Civil War Museum
  • NTE, Inc.
  • OK Associates, Inc.
  • Olde Homestead Golf Club
  • Open Stage of Harrisburg
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Please Touch Museum
  • Ponderosa Golf Course
  • Rainbow Dinner Theatre
  • Range End Golf Club
  • Sasha’s Hideaway
  • Servant’s Heart Gifts & Books
  • The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort
  • Southmoore Golf Course
  • Starbucks Coffee Company – Union Square Store
  • State Museum of Pennsylvania
  • Strawberry Ridge Golf Course
  • Strites Orchard LLC
  • Warren & Nancy Stump
  • Sunshine Imports
  • Sweet Water Golf, Inc.
  • T. Brendan O’Reilly’s Irish Pub
  • Water Golf
  • What If Cafe, Hershey
  • Whitewater Rafting Adventures
  • Woodloch Pines Resort

2007 Internet Auction Corporate Sponsors

  • Bruce L. Jones Contractor, Inc.
  • Cindy Rowe Auto Glass
  • Cummins Power Systems, Inc.
  • Gemark Corporation
  • Graymont (PA), Inc.
  • Harrisburg Copiers
  • Holy Spirit Health System – Occupational Health
  • JPL Productions
  • Law Office of H. Denning Mason
  • Mazzitti & Sullivan EAP Services
  • PAP Security Printing
  • The Phillips Group
  • Securus
  • Triad Strategies, LLC
  • Varian, Inc.

2007 Internet Auction Individual Sponsors

  • Mr. and Mrs. MJ Conway
  • Ms. Angela Hess
  • Ms. Liz Johnston
  • Ms. Byra Kiehl
  • Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Rau
  • Mr. and Mrs. Chad Rohrbach
  • Mr. Rick Weimer