Home | Community | Message Board

Please support our sponsors.

Feedback and Administration >> Shroomery News Service

Welcome to the Shroomery Message Board! You are experiencing a small sample of what the site has to offer. Please login or register to post messages and view our exclusive members-only content. You'll gain access to additional forums, file attachments, board customizations, encrypted private messages, and much more!

Shop: PhytoExtractum Buy Bali Kratom Powder   Left Coast Kratom Buy Kratom Powder   Amazon San Pedro

Jump to first unread post. Pages: 1
 User Gallery

Folding@home Statistics
Registered: 06/18/99
Posts: 24,123
Loc: my room
Last seen: 2 months, 12 days
Generation Rx
    #4211379 - 05/23/05 08:34 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)


Generation Rx
Adrift in a sea of psychotropic pharmacology, it's easy for a kid to drown.
By Glenna Whitley

Published: Thursday, May 19, 2005

Luke Stone at his 2002 graduation from Townview. His future looked bright: He'd aced the SAT and planned to study electrical engineering at UTD.

Prescription psychoactive pills fetch good black-market prices. The most popular among teens: Vicodin, OxyContin, Xanax and Adderall.

Prizes from the trip to Amsterdam: a marijuana pipe and high-grade pot purchased legally at a coffee shop

Luke's mother, Sondra Fishman, visited her son's grave on Saturday, exactly a year after his accidental death. She holds his photo and his cat.

You couldn't miss him: a teenager dressed always in black, with Elvis sideburns and a hard-charging way of bounding up the stairs, as if life were moving too slowly for him. In the same class as my oldest son at the Science and Engineering Magnet at Townview, occasionally at our house for all-night LAN parties, Luke Stone was likable, smart and had an appetite for adventure, the guy willing to try anything once. He was a natural leader, a person who drew people from all walks of life into his orbit with his energy and enthusiasm.

He also had a sweet side. He'd grown up going to church and carried a picture of Jesus in his wallet. He was drawn to beautiful, troubled girlfriends who needed rescuing. Luke Stone was your basic good kid.

But on May 14 a year ago, when Luke was a 20-year-old student at the University of Texas at Dallas, his daring nature killed him. The coroner's verdict: accidental drug overdose.

This isn't another "drugs are bad for you" story. It is a trip into another world, one far different from that of Luke's parents--even though they'd grown up in the '60s and '70s and had their own encounters with illegal drugs. David and Sondra Stone viewed their experimentation, particularly with marijuana, as a normal part of growing up. They didn't want their kids to become addicts, of course, but as long as they stayed away from "hard drugs" like cocaine and heroin, they figured the kids would come out all right, just like they had.

Luke Stone's parents know that isn't true anymore. They didn't realize the landscape of substance abuse has radically changed.

Today, kids Luke's age swim in a sea of psychotropic pharmacology--pills, potions and powders legally prescribed for everything from depression to attention deficit disorder. When they want to get high, they're more likely to turn to benzodiazepines, a class of drugs like Valium that treat anxiety and panic attacks. Instead of shooting heroin, they score synthetic opiates such as Vicodin, Percocet, Dilaudid or Tylenol with codeine. To get a buzz or pull an all-nighter for an exam, they pop pills like Ritalin and Adderall, amphetamines that treat ADD.

It makes sense. You don't have to find a drug dealer to get Xanax. You just have to rummage in Mom's medicine chest. You don't need to sneak around to score Adderall. A pediatrician prescribed it because you were driving your teachers crazy. Why not trade a few Adderall to your roommate, under the care of a psychiatrist for panic disorder, for some of his Xanax?

If you get caught--well, parents who discover a kid snitching a Lortab react differently from those who find a crack pipe or syringe.

The explosion in pharmaceuticals has been magnified by the Internet. Not only are there more psychotropic drugs to choose from, it's easier than ever to learn what to take, how much to take and what effects to anticipate. Luke scoured sites like erowid.org--"documenting the complex relationship between humans and psychoactives"--for information and "trip reports" on everything from peyote to Percocet. From there, teens are one click away from an illegal online pharmacy, a cyber medicine cabinet offering quick, discreet delivery.

A 2004 study at Columbia University found that only 6 percent of 157 Web sites selling medications actually required a prescription. And last month the DEA arrested 20 people, from Tyler, Texas, to Bombay, India, as part of "Operation Cyber Chase," targeting an illegal international ring that used more than 200 Web sites to distribute prescription narcotics, amphetamines and steroids.

Web sites to replace them will pop up overnight like psilocybin mushrooms sprouting in a cow patty.

Fascinated by illicit pharmaceuticals, Luke created a "drug log" of those he'd tried and their effects. He wasn't alone. Most of his friends at UTD used pills--in addition to the college mainstays of pot and alcohol--and turned to Luke for information. He knew what medications could be taken together and what to stay away from. "Luke was so smart," one friend says.

Intelligence, experimentation and a young man's belief in his own immortality seduced Luke into believing he knew what he was doing and could control the outcome.

But dead people don't post trip reports on the Internet. ....


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Active Ingredient
Male Arcade Champion: Plumber

Registered: 10/29/04
Posts: 5,390
Loc: California
Last seen: 8 years, 3 months
Re: Generation Rx [Re: Anno]
    #4211779 - 05/23/05 10:34 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)


Web sites to replace them will pop up overnight like psilocybin mushrooms sprouting in a cow patty.


Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Jump to top. Pages: 1

Shop: PhytoExtractum Buy Bali Kratom Powder   Left Coast Kratom Buy Kratom Powder   Amazon San Pedro

Feedback and Administration >> Shroomery News Service

Similar ThreadsPosterViewsRepliesLast post
* Generation Rx motamanM 1,073 6 06/12/06 11:04 AM
by Banez
* Sacred Sexuality and the Psychedelic Experience motamanM 12,900 3 02/22/09 02:02 AM
by veggie
* Bid To Sue Over Government LSD Experiments Rejected usefulidiot 1,059 1 04/14/05 11:25 PM
by hobgoblin
* LSD experiment led to Moby's crippling panic attacks motamanM 3,154 10 10/05/04 08:02 PM
by thegnomeking
* The Epistemology and Technologies of Shamanic States of Cons motamanM 1,077 0 09/09/04 02:09 PM
by motaman
* Discover Magazine article on psychedelics HB 4,318 5 03/23/03 09:05 AM
by DazedSol
* Drug Abuse And Crime: Siamese Twins? AnnoA 1,464 0 03/13/04 02:41 AM
by Anno
* DEA Retraction of Pain FAQ Angers, Scares Doctors and Patients 12/3/04 motamanM 2,733 4 12/06/04 05:34 PM
by Asante

Extra information
You cannot start new topics / You cannot reply to topics
HTML is disabled / BBCode is enabled
Moderator: motaman, karode13, Alan Rockefeller, naum, Mostly_Harmless
555 topic views. 1 members, 7 guests and 1 web crawlers are browsing this forum.
[ Print Topic ]
Search this thread:
Please support our sponsors.

Copyright 1997-2019 Mind Media. Some rights reserved.

Generated in 0.034 seconds spending 0.006 seconds on 19 queries.