Thank you for being here at Parent University. This is our second workshop at Poly High School that we’re hosting in our fall series. We’re really excited tonight to bring you Maria Kesler. She’s a substance abuse counselor with the Long Beach Child and Adolescent Program. Last year when we were starting our Parent University Workshops, and we were piloting workshops, and working with a lot of our local schools, many of the principals and assistant principals were asking us, “Do you have anything on vaping? “Do you have anything on some of the issues “that a lot of our middle school “and high school kids are struggling with?” And at the time, we didn’t. So I did some research, and I asked around, and Maria Kesler’s name came up time and time again from the people that I was looking at. So we’re very excited to have her join us tonight. We’re excited to have people join us at home if they’re live streaming. So thank you for being here. I’m gonna turn the microphone over to our guest, Ms. Kesler. Oh, sorry, before I do, a few housekeeping for the folks that are here. The restroom is right through this door. You can help yourself through there. And the door locks when you shut it. So there’s kind of a system back there you can see to make sure we don’t get locked out. Okay, sorry for that, thank you. And Ms. Kesler, it’s all yours, thanks. Thanks, Rebecca. So thank you, begin, audio? Okay, so hi, good evening everyone. My name is Maria Kesler, as she mentioned, for the Long Beach Adolescent Program. So just wanted to do a little quick background on me, and who I am, and my experience before we get started. So I’ve been in this field for about nine years. I have worked in many different areas. The last position I had was as a program director for my very own residential treatment facility for women with children. So I left that job pretty high up. But I came here, ’cause my passion has always been working with teenagers. And I’m also a recovering meth addict. So you may not be able to notice, but I am 12 years, almost, in January, meth-free, thank you. So I’ve come a very long way. And in that passion, I wanna return that to the teenagers, ’cause had I gone through some sort of treatment, or some sort of education program when I was 13 when I starting smoking marijuana, maybe I would not have gone through the road I went through. And I wouldn’t wish my road to my worst enemy. I really went through a lot. And I came out, and I came out really wanting to give back. And that’s why I’m here. Education is key to preventing any form of ongoing addiction problems that we’re currently facing. So right now, my most important goal is to reach parents, and to reach the community. Because what’s happening now in our current times is unlike nothing that’s ever happened in our entire life. So in our entire world, in our entire time as human beings. So it’s really important that we work together as a community, we come together as parents, as guardians, as staff, as teachers, as whoever. One in four in this world right now is impacted by substance abuse in one way or another. So it’s really important that we get to this, we become educated, and we raise awareness together. So I’m gonna get started. This is very interactive, so I want you guys to ask questions as we’re working. And just feel free to ask whatever, I want this to be a safe space. I will be sharing a little bit about myself throughout, and I want you guys to ask any questions as you, any question at all. There’s no dumb question here, please ask! I want to educate as much as possible that we’re here. So what are we gonna be talking today? We’re gonna be talking about, what are the current drug trends? What are these teenagers doing? What are these preteens doing? What is happening in the city of Long Beach? There’s so many things that I have actually become educated on with my clients. So my clients, I primarily see teenagers ranging from, well preteen, between 12 to about 24. So it ranges, and I could tell you right now that I’ve already had a really severe 17-year-old with the most severe meth addiction I’ve ever seen come from the city of Long Beach. So it is everywhere, it is becoming more. And I actually had two clients of mine already showing some signs of schizophrenia based on their marijuana use. So I’ll touch more, I’ll touch more on that later, but I just wanted to kinda emphasize that we are always learning. There’s always something to be learning here. Every day, there’s something new. Every day, there will be a new student or teenager somewhere, bored, and trying to get high off something else. So it’s always really important that we keep as up to date as possible, to just be one step ahead, if we can. So we’re also gonna talk about, how do we know if they’re high? So this is very important, that there could be someone in your life that may be already experimenting with drugs, but you really don’t even notice. So one of the key components that I wanna show you guys is how to spot it. How do you identify if someone is high? Or someone under the influence, or if someone is drunk. So I’m gonna touch bases on a little bit of overall drugs, but I’m really gonna emphasize marijuana towards the end, and vaping. We’re also gonna touch base on where are they hiding it? Where’s your kids or where are the students hiding it? It’s really important for me, because if there’s no intervention at this early age, then they could end up a full-blown homeless addict with schizophrenia. That’s where my mind is. So it’s really important that we stop it now, right now, at this age, at these young ages, even 13, 12. Because that’s where it’s hitting now. It’s going lower and lower. I have an 11-year-old that smoke marijuana already. And it’s just like, we need to do it now. Not when they’re already addicted. Not when they’re already dropped out of school, now. So what are the short and long-term effects of drug use? That’s very important, because you may be noticing some things that your child or your student may be already dealing with. And you’re like, “Why are they acting this way? “Is it just puberty, is it just hormones?” But no, it could be signs of their drug addiction already forming. And what to do if your child or student is already on drugs. So let’s get started. So these are the current trends that are currently happening right now. And I threw some other ones in there just to kinda educate you guys on what it is. So if this pointer works. Does this have a pointer, no, it doesn’t have a pointer? It does? Hold it? Just swap it. No, not workin’? Okay, I’ll just point the old fashioned way. (laughs) So, up here, who could tell me what this is up here? Anyone? Marijuana. (speaks in foreign language) Yes, marijuana. Yes, thank you. So this little thing here is the new form of what all these teenagers are smoking. It’s called the wax pen, or the dab pen, or cart. It has many different names. I actually included drug street names as a handout. I hope you guys got one, it’s in the back. These over here are edibles. Huge, why, why is it so huge? Well, because they don’t smell. They could eat ’em whenever, they could eat ’em all day. And it’s actually a stronger high, and I’ll touch more a bit about that later. Over here, I wanted to point out the differences between these two, this is actually salvia. Has nothing to do with the marijuana plant. It’s a hallucinogenic. But I wanted to throw it in here because a lot of teenagers, a lot of young people, kind of think it’s a similar, ’cause it’s a plant. So they will smoke this, but they end up having a really, really, extremely bad trip. I would recommend you guys check out some videos on YouTube on a salvia trip, and you’ll understand what I mean by bad trip. But that stuff is everywhere as well. And this is Spice. So this is a synthetic marijuana. I want you guys to become familiar with this, because it is extremely illegal now, but it wasn’t a few years ago. There was a huge epidemic going on on this synthetic marijuana. And now it’s becoming more and more of an issue in Europe, because of its just accessibility now. The FDA did a pretty good job of eradicating that from the United States. But of course, people could still get their hands on. And how they sold that was the safer way of getting high without coming positive on the drug test. So this doesn’t come out positive on a drug test, so these kids are starting to go get these packages of Spice at your local smoke shops or tobacco shops. And they will get these 10, 15-second highs. And they would become addicted. So I wanted to point out what this little concoction thing is here. So this normally would be what people would smoke marijuana out of, a bong, right. But it’s not a bong anymore these teenagers are smoking out of. This is called a dag rig, or a rig. And what they smoke out of here is wax. So over here on this side, they have this little piece of wax they put on here. And they heat this to an extreme heating degrees, and they smoke it like that. So this is about smoking maybe like five joints in one hit. So this is like a one hitter quitter. There’s actually a video towards the end that I wanna show you guys. If we have time, we’ll get there. But it’s of a grown man, maybe in his 40s, probably been smoking marijuana for about 20 years. And he goes to a local dispensary where they offer free dabs at the end of their purchase. And he takes a hit. And he wasn’t able to handle it. So he’s like stumbling, stumbling, and boom, he falls right back. And he smashes into the glass. And it’s just to kinda show you guys that extreme amount of THC that goes into one hit that these teenagers are now smoking. This is also a way that I’m noticing that young people are becoming a different form of addict. And you’ll see a difference. They almost kinda look like what a crack addict would look like in comparison. They are really skinny. They kinda have lumps on their skin. And it’s because of this extreme amount of THC. But you’ll know later as I talk about it to why. So the next category of trends that’s happening is a codeine. Anyone know about codeine, lean, cough syrup? No, some of you guys, okay. So codeine, has anyone ever had a cough, a really bad cough, and you go to the doctor, and they prescribe you some good cough medicine? So I feel like talking in Spanish, too, ’cause (laughing). So this has codeine, and the cough syrup that the doctors prescribe, the kids are getting their hands on it from you know, cabinets, from their grandparents’ cabinet, from your cabinets. So they get this cough syrup. They go and they buy a bottle of Sprite or 7UP, and then they pour it in there, and they may drop a candy in there for flavor, and they drink that during the day at school. So and to compare what that high is, it’s kinda like heroine. So they’re pretty much drinking this codeine to an extreme amount, and getting really high. And really addicting. And I’ll talk more about it later. Of course, meth has always been there. And it always will be there thanks to “Breaking Bad”. That’s a joke, sorry (laughing). But that’s crystallized meth. It’s one of the worst drugs, again, ’cause I can talk from experience, that is out there right now. And it’s one of the hardest ones to come off of. So let’s just hope that our teenagers and our students don’t go down that road. But again, it’s usually starting with now. It’s starting with the marijuana that they’re smoking now. That they get bored of later. And they move to something heavier. Ecstasy, ecstasy, MDMA, Molly. All sorts of different names, but ecstasy is a little pill. It’s a stimulant, and I’ll talk more about it later, but it’s also on the rise right now, especially in Long Beach. I’m noticing it in a lot of different places, and my clients have been talking to me about it. Of course, we have the beer pong down there, thanks to that game that’s kind of always been around. But the kids brought it out, and now they’re playing beer pong (laughs) and drinking in excessive amount, right, even at parties. I’m sure you see them play with soda sometimes. But beer pong is not a good game for anyone, especially underage alcohol. So Adderall is also a drug that’s extremely popular for college students. So I actually had someone really close to me tell me that they went to USC, and in USC, a lot of his classmates actually were taking Adderall. And I was just like, “What, why?” So what he told me was Adderall’s been helping them stay up all night to cram for sessions. So they take this pill, and they stay up all night, and they focus better, and they do their homework, and then they crash. So it’s a really bad drug, too, to become addicted on. And of course, Xanax. So these little bars right here are Xanax. So you wanna make sure if you do find these bars, that’s huge red flag. Come see me and I’ll help you out. But Xanax is also, I’ll talk more about it afterwards. I don’t wanna get too caught up on the pregame here. (laughs) So let’s briefly just talk about stimulants. Again, I wanna run through categories of drug rather quickly, because I wanna really emphasize what’s happening with the marijuana. So stimulants. We have cocaine, which is a white, powdery substance. Methamphetamine, crystallized form, right. We have the amphetamines, like Adderall or ecstasy. We have Ritalin, which is, you know, a drug for ADD or ADHD. But people abuse it, of course. And we have coffee, yes, coffee is a stimulant. So if any of you guys need my services, let me know, just kidding (laughing). So stimulants. So overall, they pretty much have the same symptoms. So if someone is on a form of stimulant, you will see this category of symptoms. So what they’re gonna be experiencing is poor sleep, muscle and bone pain, anxiety, tremors, suicide ideation, depression, inability to experience pleasure, abdominal pain, and extreme fear. So these categories of drugs lead to someone underweight. It can lead to someone with a lot of different scars. Oh wait, what’s happening here? I may have messed some things up. Okay, but we’ll get to the symptoms right now, hold on. Sorry, I’m having trouble with the connection. Please try again in a moment. Sorry. I think that was Siri talking to me. So depressants, let me touch about depressants, and then we’ll get to the symptoms. So depressants are a different form of drug. And those are barbiturates, benzos. Those are pretty much the pharmaceutical drugs that the doctor prescribes sometimes. But again, the kids get their hands on them, and then they go and get high. So what’s happening a few years ago was in the beach cities like Huntington Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, they would have these called Skittles parties. And what they would do is all these kids would go into their grandparents’ cabinets, or their parents’ cabinets, and get whatever drugs they find, the prescription drugs, and take ’em to this party. And as they come in, they’ll put ’em in this fish bowl. So they’ll drop all the drugs in there, all the pills. And as they walk by, they had to take a handful and take ’em, to see what kind of effects is gonna happen in that party. So those parties were extremely, extremely dangerous. Led to a lot of overdoses, led to a lot of problems with, you know, legal cases. And again, our kids are still getting hands on these prescription drugs that are extremely dangerous, and extremely addicting. So roofies, Rohypnol. So that is extremely, that’s the date rape drug. Have any guys, do you guys know about this type of drug, and what it does? Roofie, anyone, yes? (laughs) So roofie is called the date rape drug. It’s a drug that people could get their hands on. And if they want to have their way with someone, or if they want to be funny, they will slip this pill in their drink. And that person that takes that drink will then forget everything that’s happening, and will go into a blank state. So lots of things could happen during those hours that they’re on the roofies. And the next morning, they will have no idea what happened. Except for maybe any physical symptoms that they be, like bruises or something. But it’s extremely dangerous, and that’s why, you know, at bars, it’s really important that you watch your drink. ‘Cause somebody could be funny, or some guy or some girl or whatever, and try to slip that drug into your drink. And then who knows what happens. Alcohol, so alcohol is also a depressant. It’s on here. Kids are still drinking, of course. But we’ve actually seen a rise more in marijuana use, and decrease in alcohol use. That’s not a good thing, and I’ll tell you why in a minute. So some symptoms for depressants are drowsiness, disorientation, slow brain function, poor concentration, slurred speech, blurred vision, sedation, dissociation from one’s body, impaired motor skills, lethargy, and flushed face. So if you see someone drunk, then you’ll see their face is kinda red, you kinda see ’em kinda sloppy, kinda, or acting you know, silly. The same thing if they had just taken a benzo. So it’s similar symptoms. So some of the withdrawal symptoms of a say, alcohol, Xanax, or benzos, is they’re gonna have difficulty sleeping, they’re gonna have agitation, muscle aches, increased tearing from the eyes and runny nose, anxiety, sweating, and increased yawning. These withdrawal symptoms are not safe at all. So these withdrawal symptoms actually require a hospital setting for detox. I had an experience where a gentleman walked into, I worked at a DUI facility before, or a portion of a DUI. And he walked in because he was tired of drinking. He was just like, “Okay, I’m gonna go get some help.” So he walks in, and he makes his appointment. And as he walks out, he’s talking to me and someone else, and you could just see his whole face is yellow. Yellow, his eyes are yellow. And that’s the sign of liver failure. His alcohol use has led to that, and is really jaundiced. So what happened was, something triggered him, and he went into a full-blown seizure. And he fell right in front of our eyes, and cracked his skull on the concrete floor. So because of the withdrawals from alcohol and the say, benzos, it could become very dangerous. And someone cannot quit cold turkey. They just can’t go, “Oh, I’m gonna drink, know, “a bottle of Vodka every day,” to, “Okay, I’m done drinking.” Because your body goes into shock, and it could lead to that. So this gentleman, after he is done seizing in front of us, he gets up like nothing ever happened. And we tried to get him down, like, “No, hold on! Hold on, just stay down!” He wouldn’t listen to us, he was a big guy. So he stands up, and boom, another seizure, cracks his head again, so I’m just like, “Oh my goodness!” The ambulance came, rushed him to the hospital. And not sure what happened to him. But it’s just, something for me to see in front of my eyes, which I’ve never even experienced to that extreme, just because of a person that’s just been drinking for a few years, or for that amount. It’s extremely dangerous. So if you know anyone that’s addicted to benzodiazepines, or alcohol, please send them to the hospital, or to a detox center for treatment. So, there’s my symptoms of stimulants! So I must have swapped some things, my apologies. So these are the symptoms for stimulants. This is actually a picture of me. I’m just kidding, it’s not me. But I did look something similar to that. Except probably a little more boney, ’cause I was about 100 pounds. So symptoms of that is, if they’re on a stimulant, any form of stimulant, they’re gonna become very hostile. They’re gonna be very aggressive, depending on the trip that they’re on. But they’re also gonna get, they’re gonna get some extreme paranoia. They may see shadow people. I’ve actually seen these shadow people, they’re not nice. They’re gonna develop psychotic symptoms. Elevated body temperature, irregular heartbeat. It could lead to seizures and extreme anxiety. So a lot of these symptoms happen because of the lack of sleep. So like I mentioned earlier, stimulants make you lose sleep, they don’t sleep. I think the most I’ve stayed awake because of this was about four or five days. And even then, I was somewhere else. (laughs) So again, this category of drug is everywhere. And you mostly see these people that are experiencing these symptoms, that are homeless on the streets, that are kinda talking to themselves, or just fighting with somebody, you don’t know who they’re fighting with. That’s, they may be on some sort of stimulant. And the reason why this young lady here has these marks is one of the symptoms of being on the stimulant is you start to develop an extreme sensation that you feel that there’s bugs crawling under your skin. So when you feel like there’s bugs crawling under your skin, you have to get them out. So what they do, and what I did, which I would pay very good money to buy very expensive makeup to cover my scars, is you just start picking, and they start picking, and picking, and picking, and picking. And you’ll tell them nothing’s there. But they know something’s there. So they keep picking, and it leads to scars. And if you see this other gentleman here, the age difference is, this is him when he was 23. And this is only two years of using meth. So that drug, it just, just kills your whole body in such a short amount of time. So other symptoms, their pupils are gonna be very large. So if you see a student, or if you see a child, or your child, and their eyes are just all, there’s no color, there’s no brown, or there’s no blue or green, it’s just all black, chances are, they’re not on a stimulant. They’re also gonna be grinding their teeth. And they could have a really bad tooth decay problem, which leads to let’s say “meth mouth”, and they have a lot of issues with their teeth. Poor hygiene, mostly. Okay, so little bit about opioids and morphine. How am I at, okay, I need to rush through this. (laughs) So we have codeine, like I mentioned, which is called lean, or sizzurp, or different names for the codeine. But it is a cough syrup with codeine, very popular. Fentanyl. Has anyone ever heard about fentanyl in the news recently? Fentanyl deaths, deaths overdosed by fentanyl? So fentanyl is becoming extremely popular for drug dealers. Because it only takes a little speck of fentanyl, and they get the effect of, you know, 10,000 times stronger than morphine. So this fentanyl, drug dealers are sprinkling it on their drugs so that their addicts become more addicted, and buy more of their product. But what’s happening is these people are dying of overdoses. Here in this local area, I think there was a death about a few months ago, here in Long Beach, of a fentanyl overdose. So let’s say one of your children gets a hand, “Oh, I’m gonna go try cocaine. “Oh, I wanna go try meth.” But that, unfortunately, is laced with fentanyl. And then next day, you know, they’re dead. So it’s really, it’s like Russian roulette. It’s just like, you never know what kind of product you’re gonna get now. And these people can be experimenting one time, and that one time is it, they’re done. So it’s really important that we don’t get them to that part, where they wanna experiment with all these other drugs. So we have heroine and morphine, and oxycodone and hydrocodone. So has anyone ever had a really bad surgery? A severe surgery, and they prescribed you hydrocodone, or oxycodone, or Norco, or what’s the other one, Tylenol three, what’s the other one, I think there’s one more. But yeah, so this drug is extremely addicting. And the doctors were shoving ’em out like candy. So now we have a lot of the older population addicted to these drugs. And these are, the codones are actually one of the hardest ones to come off of, too, because of that painless feeling that they get when they’re on the drug. So watch out for that, please. And if you do have this medication at home, lock it up, lock it up. Or there are safe disposal days in the community. So these are the symptoms for the depressants. So this, they’re gonna be feeling, honestly, these are the just symptoms for the opioids. So they’re gonna be feeling drowsiness. A lot of confusion, nausea, feelings of extreme euphoria, which is the addicting part. And respiratory complications. So I’m not sure if you guys seen the news. These parents right here that had a poor little four-year-old kid in the back, and they just did heroine, and they knocked out. That’s what happens when they do this type of drug. Sometimes, they just pass out. This rapper here is one of the few celebrities that started the trend for the codeine with the cough syrup with codeine. He made it extremely popular, and of course, now there is many different artists that my clients are telling me that their songs actually include these code words that are talking about this drug. So it is out there. And one of the reasons I get to, one of the ways I get to know my clients is when they come in, we talk, we get to know each other. But as the sessions progress, I ask them, “Okay, “well show me what kind of music you’re listening to. “Give me your favorite song of the week.” So I’ll play it, and then I’ll load up the lyrics. And as I’m reading these lyrics, I really wish I could show you one. But it is so frightening and frustrating for me to hear these lyrics go into a 12-year-old girl’s head. Or you know, an 11-year-old boy’s head. And they’re listening to these songs on a daily basis. And what is that putting in their head? So with when I work with clients, I’m just like, “Oh my gosh, what!” I’m not doing that, like, “What is this? “What are you listening to, this is garbage!” No, I don’t do any of that. I’m just like, “Okay, so what do you like about the song?” “Oh, you know, it just pumps me up,” or “I like the beat,” or “Okay, cool.” But let’s look through the lyrics together. So I kinda help them identify like, “Oh, I didn’t know they said that.” Or “I didn’t know that’s what they talked about. “I don’t even know what that was.” But that’s what they’re subconsciously putting in their head, constantly. So I always emphasize music as a huge influence. And if you just take a second, and listen to what your kids are listening to, you will also feel the same, I’m sure. ‘Cause this new generation of music, it’s just not, it’s not appropriate for anyone under 21, honestly. But it is what it is, and that’s what we’re dealing with, so we have to really influence our kids to a better direction. And it really starts with what they listen to every single day, and that’s music. So something you can kinda work with. So some long-term symptoms is that. Do you guys know who these people are, anyone? Does anyone know what they all have in common? Overdose. They all died of an overdose. Do you know what type of overdose? (parent speaking faintly) (laughs) It’s okay. So they’ve all died from prescription drug overdose. So all of these beautiful actors or singers, or just beautiful to us in our world, and in our time, taken from us too early because of something that the doctor prescribed them, or something that they overdid. Because of, you know, that situation. And that addiction is, it’s just horrible. And again, people left and right are just dropping dead because of this amount of, these amount of drugs that are just being pushed freely, and freely to all of us, sometimes legal. Sometimes legally, I’m sure, you know, I think we all know the story with Michael Jackson. I think it was his doctor that had injected him with his last dose? And he ended up dying. So it’s just really rough. And (sighs) this is what I see when I see a young person come into my office. I don’t see just someone that, “Oh, he’s just smoking marijuana occasionally,” or someone that’s, “Okay, trying nicotine, “you know, vape sticks.” I see someone that could lead to this, ’cause that’s where the road goes. And if we, we need to start connecting those dots. So I know that may not be a problem right now to you guys, or some of you, or maybe in the community, you’re not really seeing as much of it in the young generations here. But it is what’s happening, it will happen. And that’s what I don’t want. I don’t want these, these clients that are coming into my office dropping dead when they’re, I think Heath Ledger was like in his early 30s. He was 27. 27? And it’s just like, 27! So imagine your child, imagine your niece, your nephew, your grandchildren, because of this. So it’s really important that we work together. So briefly on hallucinogens, and then I think vaping’s next. So hallucinogens, I thought was outdated, and no one’s doing this stuff. But what I’m finding is, I am just learning all sorts of things in Long Beach. And a little disclaimer, I’ve worked in many different cities. I’ve worked in Covina, Hawthorne, Gardena, Torrance. Yeah, I’ve worked a lot of different areas. And when I came to Long Beach, and I did my research, and I went to different schools, and I talked to facilities, and I talked to this, and I talked to that. And my clients that are coming into my office every single day. Long Beach is the most severe city I’ve ever worked in in my entire life. And I cannot, I cannot just, I can’t minimize that enough. It’s just so scary to me what I’m finding with these kids. So scary, and that’s why I’m very passionate, and that’s why I wanna do more of these presentations. And that’s why I’m here, up here sweating, and being recorded on camera. Because I want this message out. I want you guys to all become very aware of this problem. ‘Cause if we don’t do something, in two or three years, you will see an increase in homelessness. You will see an increase in young teenagers that are dropping out of school. And you will see an increase of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia’s no joke, and I’ll talk more about that later. So what I’m finding out is I had a client, 19 years old, came into my office showing extreme signs of psychosis. And I’m just like, “What have you been taking?” And he told me that he purchased his own synthetic mushrooms online, on the black market himself. So it came directly to his door. So these, our young people are not dumb. They are far from it. They are very smart, they are very crafty, and they will find a way to get these products if they wanna use ’em. So hallucinogens, yes, they are still out there. What are they? LSD, so LSD is acid. It comes in tabs or drops. And it produces really severe hallucination kind of effect. And I’ll talk more about that in a bit. Psilocybin mushrooms. So magic mushrooms, yes, they still are around for those of us that knew them back then. (laughs) So mushrooms are becoming actually pretty popular now because of the new studies that are coming out that are talking about microdosing. And you know, all those studies are showing some benefits. Of course, there’s always a negative side. And if a little bit of benefit comes out of some drug, then everyone runs with it. “Oh no, it’s safe, look, it’s safe!” So then we have these kids over here doing mushrooms, and then developing some really bad symptoms. And we have PCP. So PCP is still around, mostly in the older generation. But it is, it’s angel dust, it’s also a hallucinogenic. So some of the symptoms for that is hallucinations, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, dilated pupils, excessive sweat, and they’re gonna be seeing sounds and hearing colors. So what does that mean, it makes no sense. How am I gonna see a sound? But that’s just what the trip is. So they’ll be able to see things happening. They’ll be able to see the wall melting. I actually have a best friend that works at LAC+USC Hospital, the big hospital in LA. And she works in the emergency department as a substance abuse counselor. So she gets called in when there’s a injury-related issue with drugs and alcohol. And she told me that she had a, I believe he was 22, or 23, don’t remember. But in his 20s. He came in, and I don’t know if I could say this on live, actually. But, he chopped off his private area because he was on a hallucinogenic, and he thought it was a snake. So it can lead to those extreme situations where somebody can take one of these drugs, and see you as mom, or grandma, or whoever. No, but all of a sudden, they took this drug, so now you’re a big monster that they just need to get rid of. So it could become very, very, very, very dangerous. So now let’s talk about e-cigs, or e-vapes, or vapes, and cigarettes, or e-cigs, whatever they’re called! No, but any of us know what these are? Or has seen someone using, anyone affected by this already? Is their child already smoking e-cigs at all? No, you guys are all good, okay. So let me educate you a little bit. So e-cigarettes is nicotine, it’s a form of smoking that’s not a cigarette. So it is, well, so it is a vapor, a odorless vapor for the most part. Actually, they come in array of different smells and flavors. So these kids are smoking this a as a way to form clouds, and they are making tricks with the clouds. If you can see this, the kid over here in the video. So that’s what they love. They love making tricks with the clouds. They are all about the cloud tricks. But also in the process, they’re now becoming addicted to nicotine, and now they have a full-blown nicotine addiction. So this is happening in middle school, it’s even happening in elementary school. My clients are telling me left and right that they’re smoking the nicotine, that’s it’s everywhere. Every time they go into a restroom, there’s someone smoking in there. So it’s everywhere, every single where, every restroom in Long Beach, there will be someone in there smoking a nicotine form of cigarette, or e-cigarette. So they come in many different, many different modules, or mods, that they call ’em. So they come in e-cigarette sticks. So just be on the lookout for that. I want you guys to become aware what they look like. So if you see one, you’re like, “What is that? “Oh no, it’s not a battery, it’s this e-cigarette. “My child may be smoking this already.” So nicotine addiction is real. So not only is the nicotine that they’re smoking very dangerous for them personally, but the nicotine that’s coming, the smoke that’s coming out of their bodies is also dangerous. The smoke that comes out has, can contain nicotine, carcinogens, benzene, formaldehyde, and acetaldehyde or something like that. But those are all extremely chemical. Some of them are poisons! So if you know anyone that smokes this category of e-cig or whatever, please make sure you stay far away from that smoke. Do not inhale it, ’cause it is dangerous as well. So the side-effects of nicotine. Again, this stuff is really everywhere. So I’m really shocked that some of you have, guys haven’t raised your hand of the nicotine. But I’m telling you, every single one of my clients has already smoked this. Every single one has tried it. But why, why are they smoking this stuff, it’s poison! I mean, everyone knows, nicotine can lead to cancer, everyone, it’s been known for years. But because of the huge addicting, addictive personalities of this category of drug, and because it’s everywhere, and because it’s cheap, and because all the other kids are doing it, I literally, that’s what I ask my clients. “Why are you, why’d you even try it?” “Oh, well ’cause everyone’s doing it.” So because everyone’s doing it, they’re gonna do it, too. And when they start doing it, and they do it more and more often, you now have a full-blown nicotine addiction. And nicotine can lead to cancer. It could lead to many different things. So this is also the cause of irritability. So if you have a child that’s really just short-tempered, and just oh, just get away from me! It could be because of the nicotine addiction, too. So some of the side-effects include nausea, diarrhea, increased or decreased heart rate, pain in their joints. So they also use, they also smoke the nicotine to get the light head, the lightheadedness. They get a nicotine high, and they get lightheaded. So they actually like that feeling. So for me, I used to smoke cigarettes, so I kinda know what that feels like. And that’s not fun, it’s not fun at all. So for me, I’m like, “Why are you smoking this amount of nicotine “to get lightheaded and possibly pass out?” But again, we’re living in a different world, and that generation just wants to get, they wanna get out of this dimension, if I could say. So they’re trying many different ways to get out, and unfortunately, because of this stuff is everywhere. I have a 16-year-old client right now, too, that’s actually addicted to normal cigarettes. So he’s 16, smoking seven cigarettes a day. Like why? But again, that’s just the form of addition. That’s just one step closer to what I don’t want to happen. The nicotine or vapes can also lead to what is called popcorn lung, and that is called the bronchiolitis obliterans. It’s a condition that damages your lungs’ smallest airways, and makes you cough and feel short of breath. So if you have a child or a student that’s always coughing or short of breath, chances are, they’ve been smoking a little bit too much vapes, or vaping too much, or too much nicotine. And they develop these holes or patches in their lungs that leads to the coughing, to the shortness of breath, and that stays with them forever. There’s no curing that. That once they have it, it’s done. So it’s really important, and these, the young folks are not really understanding the correlation to that. Like, “Okay, if I smoke this, “this is what’s gonna happen to me, or maybe I can die.” And there’s actually been cases where people have died. I’m not sure if you guys have seen on the news. These e-vapes, or the e-cigs, can blow up. So I think there was one on the news about a few months ago. I think he was in his 20s. But he was in the backseat of someone’s car, and he was smoking his vape like he usually does. And it just blew up, and a piece of the metal got lodged into his throat. He was laughing and Instagramming photos, and he was rushed to the hospital. But he ended up dying the next day because they couldn’t find that piece of metal that was lodged in his throat. And all because of this, so these things explode, and people don’t understand that. Okay, sure, you’re smoking, oh, the fun cloud, sure. But you’re putting yourself at risk for death. And why, why, just don’t! Nicotine juices come in many different milligrams of THC. I’m sorry, for when I far away, ahead of myself. So they come in many different dosages of nicotine. So to give you an example. If you ever find a juice bottle, is what they’re called, in your child’s possession, you wanna make sure you look at milligrams. So there’s a differences in milligrams when it comes to these juices. And it could come in a variety of milligrams. So zero milligrams, which means zero nicotine. Three milligrams, or six milligrams. They could go up to even 25 milligrams, or even 50 milligrams. So and to give you an example, six milligrams, which is the usual amount that these kids are smoking is about a pack of cigarettes a week. So if they smoke that amount of milligrams, that means that they’re smoking a pack of cigarettes a week. So that’s like the equivalent of that. So if they go any higher in milligrams, or if they’re smoking a lot more, that’s pretty much like they’re smoking that. So let’s say they go up to 24 milligrams. That’s if they’re smoking a pack a day. So that’s nicotine, it kills them! So please, the vaping is, I was just educated the other day that a client told me, “Oh, the JUULs are out.” Have you guys heard of JUUL? It’s a little stick that looks like this, actually. And they just smoke out of it, and that’s why it’s so small. And they just get high. And every single JUUL that’s sold has nicotine. So those are out. Now there’s a new brand that’s in every single high school called a Puff STICK, or a Puffy STICK, or something like that. But it’s only about $5, and it’s about a pack of cigarettes in one little stick, and that’s what they’re smoking on every day. So again, if we don’t do something, these kids will develop some sort of problem with their physical body, or develop cancer, or develop other addictions. So it’s really important that we do something now. We work together. Let’s do something! (laughs) So now we’re to the fun part, pop quiz! Which one of these does not have marijuana? As I drink some water. (laughs) Take a good look. They all have. (parent speaks in foreign language) (Maria speaks in foreign language) (clears throat) Oh, that’s loud. Anyone else? So you say they all do. (Maria speaks in foreign language) Those waffles? Those waffles? (Maria speaks in foreign language) Lasagna? So we have a Rice Krispie bar. Oh, that’s Rice Krispies. (laughs) We have gummy bears. We have some very yummy cookies. We have waffle. We have gummy rings. And we have a piece of chocolate. So I’m so sorry, this is actually a trick question. Yes, they all have marijuana. (laughs) So I put this up here, not to really trick you guys and have fun. Well, yes, that’s part of it. But to kind of really, to just really emphasize that everything that you eat, drink can have marijuana, everything! So they now have things like marijuana cooking oil. They have marijuana drinks, they have marijuana ice cream, they have all sorts of things. So everything you could cook with oil. Let’s say like your eggs or whatever, can now have marijuana. So it is everywhere. These kids can consume it many different ways. So it really is a force to be reckoned with. Just be very cautious and be very careful with somebody giving you something to eat that maybe, that you’re not too familiar with. Or if you go to a party of some people you don’t know, or if your children have friends that they’re giving them a fresh batch of waffles. (laughs) But just be very careful, ’cause it can be anywhere and anything. So marijuana. Let’s get to that, jeez, I only have about 10 minutes. That is not good, all right, so! (laughs) So quickly, marijuana has developed itself over the years. Over the years, and before my time, or back in my day, there was only about two forms of marijuana, or three. But now, we have a whole variety of marijuana for anyone’s pleasure. So I wanna educate you guys on the differences, and so that way you can become a lot more prepared to what you’re maybe witnessing, or what may happen in your household, or to someone you love. Because this marijuana is not like anything we have ever seen, and is developing extremely severe symptoms that are frightening me, and making me very passionate about what I do, and you’ll see some of that come out during my presentation. So I wish this was larger, but it’s really not. Okay, so basically, we have the old marijuana that used to, you know, be around. And now we have different forms of marijuana. So these categories of marijuana is called butane hash oil. So butane hash oil, why is it called butane hash oil? So it’s extracted using butane. And if we know what butane is, it’s a gas, a flammable gas. So if the extraction is not cleaned properly, our kids are smoking butane along with the THC. Horrible, horrible thing to do. ‘Cause of course, you’re smoking a flammable gas, what is that gonna do with the body? And what is that gonna do to their mind? What is that gonna do to their whole future? So not only that, so the next category over here is called CO2 oil. So CO2 is also a gas. And the reason why it’s called CO2 oil is because it is extracted from the marijuana plant with CO2. So if they do not clean this marijuana product like the way they should, which, a lot of them don’t, chances are, our kids are gonna be smoking this CO2 as well. Over here, we have QWISO. That’s extracted using rubbing alcohol. So not only are, you know, our kids smoking this high amount of THC, and becoming, you know, psychotic. They can also be smoking this rubbing alcohol along with it. So it’s isopropyl, I don’t know how to say that. But yeah, it’s the rubbing alcohol. So this is pretty much what they’re smoking in the wax pens. It’s the cannabidiol isolate, or distillate. So that’s what’s in these wax pens. And I have one to show you. Actually, I don’t have one to show you. I’ll show you in a bit. But there is a huge increase in these wax, or dab, pens. Because they don’t promote a lot of odor. So you know how before, I don’t know if you know, but before, when we smoked marijuana, the smell was really strong. You can smell it from a block away. Or you know, it stays on you for a while. It’s a smell everyone knows. Everyone knows the marijuana smell. But now with these wax pens, or the dab pens, or the carts, they could smoke everywhere. Anything, anywhere, in the restroom, in class. I have clients tell me they smoke right in front of their parents. Right next to ’em. They just blow the smoke in their shirt. So it’s everywhere, it leaves to little to no smell. And it’s extremely, extremely dangerous, and I’m gonna talk to you a little bit about why. But like I mentioned earlier, so these are the wax pens. And I have a few I could show you. That’s a dab, right where they show the dab. This is not an inhaler! This is actually a pipe they smoke out of. So if you see your, you know, a student or your child, you know, developing asthma all of a sudden, no, they’re probably just getting high, I’m just kid. And that is also a pipe. It’s not a pen, it’s a pipe. So people are getting creative, of course, like always. And they will continue to make these concoctions now that marijuana is legal. So just be very aware of what’s around you. And just, you know, test it out yourself. Like, “Let me see that inhaler.” (laughs) So some of the symptoms of marijuana, can somebody name me one? Anyone? Drowsiness. Drowsiness, yeah. Has anyone seen this movie? No? That’s “Half Baked”. Don’t watch it, it’s bad for you, but (laughing). Yeah, so drowsiness. They’re gonna have red eyes. Their eyes are gonna be really slanted, too. They’re gonna be like this for the most part. And if they use Visine, then it won’t be red. So there’s still those drops they could use to take the redness out. They’re gonna be laughing uncontrollably or inappropriately. So they’re just gonna be laughing for no reason. Like you can tell ’em, “Oh hey, go wash the dishes.” And they’ll just start laughing. Like, that’s not funny, go wash the dishes. (laughs) So they may seem confused, or unable to maintain a conversation. So you ask ’em like, “Oh hey, how was your day?” “Oh yeah, pineapples.” So it’s like, they can’t really carry a conversation. Talking about things unrelated to conversation, like I just said. You tell ’em, you know, to wash the dishes, and they talk about, you know, jump rope, I don’t know. So increased appetite, including binge eating, particularly sweets. So if your child, or someone you know has you know, developed a huge appetite out of no where, then chances are, they could be experiencing some high symptoms, and they just have the really bad case of the munchies. Lack of energy, excessive sleep, lack of motivation, paranoia or sense of panic, poor coordination, delayed reaction times, an altered sense of perception. So the paranoia and the sense of panic, it comes usually with a bad trip. So what happens is there’s different forms of marijuana. They’re different strains. There’s sativa, there’s hybrid, and there’s indica. So depending on someone’s body type and brain chemistry, someone could smoke sativa and be perfectly fine. But when they smoke indica, it could lead to a really bad paranoia, and it could lead to a bad trip. So these kids, when I ask them questions, I ask my clients, like, “Okay, so what do you smoke?” I ask ’em, like, “What strain is it? “You smoking hybrid, indica, sativa?” And they look at me like, “Huh?” I’m like, “Okay,” and some of them, yeah, they answer me, “Oh, I just smoke indica.” Or “No, I just stick with sativa.” Okay cool, whatever. So when I ask them, majority or 90% of them say, “Oh I don’t know, I just smoke whatever they give me.” But chances are, sometimes when I ask them, “Okay, so what happens when you smoke? “Do you have good trips or bad trips?” And they’re like, “Oh, well sometimes at school, “I have had a bad trip though.” About 100% of my clients that have smoked marijuana have had a really bad experience. So it’s, but they continue to use because of that one good time that they had. So it really is depending on what they smoke, how they smoke it, what strain they’re smoking, and how often. So marijuana back then didn’t really have as much withdrawal symptoms because we weren’t really dealing with the amount of THC that is in the products today. And THC, I don’t think I have it on here. But THC is the chemical, the chemical compounds in marijuana that produces the high. So there’s, the most popular ones are CBD and THC. So if you guys wanna discuss that later, we could talk about it afterwards, but because of time. So, oh I’m sorry, I wanna go back. So the withdrawals symptoms, which I’m seeing in every single one of my clients that are swapping the marijuana, they’re gonna become very agitated. They’re gonna have trouble sleeping. They’re gonna have anxiety, depression. Some of my clients have developed suicidal ideation, or have attempted suicide because of the extreme amount of marijuana and their extreme depression that it led to. So it really is, like, okay, I get they’re smoking marijuana to help them feel happy, or to help them feel good. But what they don’t realize when they’re not high, those symptoms actually become a lot worse. So nobody I know, including me, can be high, or including all of us, can be high 24/7. You know, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So when they’re not high, their insomnia, their appetite, their anxiety, or their depression becomes a lot worse. And that’s why, that’s when they’re, that’s when these major symptoms happen. And when I ask my clients, “So why are you smoking?” “Oh, because it makes me feel good.” “Okay, but what about, “how do you feel when you’re not high?” “Oh no, I feel horrible.” “Okay, so let’s work on that!” So they’re also become paranoid, lack of motivation. I’ve had my clients drop out of school already. Migraines, headaches, especially what some of the products that have really bad chemicals in ’em that are not clean. Sweating, nausea, restlessness, vivid or strange dreams, physical tension, and aggression. So a lot of the young people are becoming more and more agitated, more and more aggressive, because of the symptoms that them coming off the marijuana than I’ve ever seen before in my life. So marijuana also has long-term effects. They can, of course, drop out of school, addiction to other drugs, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, psychotic symptoms, weight gain or weight loss. I added the loss because of the new findings that I’m seeing of you know, the dabs, and people looking like if they’ve been smoking meth or crack. Lowered IQ, and this is, I have some information in the back about that as well. Social isolation, so if you had a child that usually used to love to go to parties with you. “Yeah, let’s go, let’s go see (speaks foreign language), “or let’s go see, you know, let’s go to your mom’s house, “or whatever, let’s go, I wanna go see some of my cousins.” And all of a sudden, they don’t wanna go. Like, “No mom, I just wanna stay home, no, I’m okay.” Then chances are, they’re becoming socially isolated, and chances are, they’ve already started to use something. Reproductive problems. A lot of teenagers have no idea that the more marijuana they smoke can lead to sexual, reproductive problems. I have someone that I know that’s, already like about, he’s maybe mid-30. And already showing signs of erectile dysfunction. So marijuana, the more they smoke, can lead to that. You’re not supposed to have that till you’re like 70, 80. So when I tell these young boys, “Oh sure, keep on smoking weed. “Do you wanna be able to, you know, “enjoy some simple pleasures when you’re older?” Then, “Yeah,” “Okay, so stop smoking weed.” (laughs) So it really is, a lot of combination of things happening with this form of marijuana. Difficulty breathing, suicide ideation, and I added schizophrenia again, because schizophrenia is huge. It’s one of the worst mental illnesses ever known to mankind. And I actually, I have a video at the end. Hopefully we have some time to show it. But if not, there is a page, my last slide, with the video links. You could just, you know, copy what’s on the link, and go watch the videos. Because schizophrenia, it’s just really, extremely disturbing to watch that these kids are smoking marijuana, that’s supposed to help them with their stress or anxiety, helping them, and now they have full-blown schizophrenia. It’s just, it’s blowing my mind, and it’s just frightening for me for these kids. Because they have no idea, no idea that this is happening. And I kid you not. I have an 18-year-old. Oh no, she was 18 when I met her, but she was 19, she’s 19 now. She was already showing signs of schizophrenia based on two times she smoked marijuana. So there’s something in our brains, and schizophrenia does not develop until you’re 18 plus. So your kids can be perfectly fine right now, just smoking all the marijuana they want right now. But as soon as they turn 18, 19, they’ll start showing signs of schizophrenia. And when that happens, there’s no turning back. You cannot fix schizophrenia at all. So I want you guys to really go see that video, it’s really informative. But to kinda give you a brief explanation of schizophrenia, it’s extreme psychosis. They see hallucinations, they hear voices. They have difficulty with hygiene. They become displaced from reality. So it’s a lot of symptoms that are extremely frightening, and most schizophrenics end up homeless because of severity, and most schizophrenics actually end up committing suicide because of that extreme mental illness. And the extreme symptoms. So that’s what I’m most worried about, and that’s what I want everyone to take home today, is that if my kid smokes marijuana today, when he turns 18, 20, his life could be over. So please, let’s remember, work together. All right, so who are they targeting, real quick. Who are they targeting? These are all forms of marijuana edibles. Children.
Kids. They’re targeting kids! And the more and more, I just got informed the other day that there’s a new marijuana vape that’s in. And the old ones are out. And it’s just like frightening me, ’cause I follow these people, and I’m just like, “What is going on?” I look at their pages, and I’m just like, “What is this?” And then it’s just, it’s extremely concerning ’cause it’s already everywhere. They have little drug dealers everywhere now. Before, when I used to smoke weed, or you know, back in my time, I used to know somebody that knew somebody that knew someone’s brother. And that’s how we got the marijuana. But now, there’s probably a little drug dealer in every classroom. And I kid you not, I am not making this stuff up. This is what my clients tell me, and this is all in Long Beach. And in every single skate park, and every single, you know, it’s just everywhere. It’s so frightening, and it’s so disturbing to me. I can’t, so quickly on edibles. A little rundown on THC, and I know we’re going a little further on time, and I apologize. So I really hope that you gus are all okay with that. But THC, to get high, let’s say you wanted to try marijuana one day, right, and you wanted to get high. Hey, everyone’s doing it, it’s legal, sure, you guys are all adults! So typically for a normal adult that has not smoked marijuana, or maybe smoked back in the day, or doesn’t really smoke that often. It only take you about five milligrams of THC to get you high, five milligrams, ‘kay. So these packages of edibles, before California actually regulated ’em, were coming out in packages of up to 300 or 500 milligrams of THC. That’s enough to kill five people! So this package here, and this is why extremely dangerous, and I cannot, (sighs) I cannot stress enough, the edible, the dangers in edibles. Is because this package is four pieces of individually infused 25-milligram pieces. So technically, if you wanted to get high, you only need to eat a little piece of this. But if a kid were to get this package, what are they gonna do? They’re gonna eat the whole bag! Or at least eat a whole one. So 25 milligrams can lead to an extreme overdose. Depending on the quality, of course. But I’ve seen many different cases. And because edibles take a lot longer to go into your system because it’s going through your digestive process. I had a client tell me that she ate an edible in the morning ’cause she wanted to go to school high. She didn’t get the full effects until she got home. That’s at least, what, seven hours, eight hours? And then by then, she took too much, because she couldn’t feel it. And then she went, go ahead, she went home. And she was so scared of the effects that she went straight to bed. She’s like, “No, I can’t handle this, “I’m going straight to bed.” So it can lead to that. I actually have someone really close to me as well. Adult, you know, doesn’t really smoke marijuana, whatever, wanted to try it, an edible. So person buys a chocolate. He eats a piece of five milligram, THC. Doesn’t feel much. Sure, let’s eat another piece, another five milligrams. Safe amount, 10 milligrams. Three hours go by, boom. (claps) Hits him full effect. He is, his heart is pounding. He’s telling me this story, and I’m just kinda laughing at him. But his heart is pounding. He can’t focus, he can’t breathe very well. He had to go outside and take a walk. But it is that, a grown man. So it’s extremely dangerous, edibles are extremely dangerous. So a little bit about social media. So what I found when I came to Long Beach is a lot of information from my clients, mostly, they’re my intel. But my clients are telling me all these things, all these brands, ’cause I ask ’em, “Okay, what are you smoking, what brand is it?” One of the clients told me, “Oh, I smoke Mario Carts.” And I hate that I’m saying that name, ’cause now it’s gonna be on the video, but this brand in particular, I asked ’em, “Okay, so where do you buy it?” ‘Cause I go, and I go into the dispensaries, and I go and I research, and I go talk to these people, and I’m like, “Okay, so what are you selling,” whatever. And I become educated on the products. So what’s clean, what’s dirty. And I’ve never seen this product before sold in a dispensary. So I was like, “What, what is that?” So then they’re like, “Oh no, it’s only on Instagram.” So I’m like, “Okay, well let me go look.” So then I go on Instagram, and I follow this page that shows nothing but, again, products marked for children. This is animal crackers. Animal cookies-flavored marijuana. All these different cute packages. This one over here with a backpack next to it. They’re marketing our kids. So when I followed them, and if you’re familiar with Instagram, you need to follow somebody to sometimes see their stuff, their pictures on Instagram. When I followed them, within five minutes, I had over 15 people trying to sell me this drug. So had I been a 12-year-old girl on Instagram just checking out this post, they coulda easily delivered this product to my house. And you know they’re drug dealers, because they have odd names like that. So if you want, actually wanted to test this out, go on the Instagram page, go follow ’em. I kid you not, within five minutes, even within two minutes of me talking, you will have someone following you back trying to sell you this product. Trying to meet with you, locally, to sell you this product. They don’t care your age. They don’t care if, you know, you have an issue medically. They wanna sell you this drug. And when I researched further, oh, also on Facebook. Not many very young people use Facebook now. But again, they’re still selling on Facebook. Someone actually had the nerves to put their own email address. Like how do you not, how does the police not catch this? Like hello! So it is extremely frightening. So when I did my research, ’cause I like to research the products on what they’re smoking, what I found was every single one of those products. And again, this is what they look like. These are called carts. This is where the marijuana oil is in, right. And that’s how they smoke. These are disposables. This is actually one that just came out that they put in the JUUL. So if they smoke the JUUL, the nicotine JUUL, they could actually take that JUUL out, the JUUL with the nicotine out, and plug in one that has marijuana in it. So again, creativity, they are too smart. But it’s frustrating for me. And again, the packaging is all for children. And what I found in my research is every single one of these underground black market products failed miserably for pesticides. So not only are our kids smoking high levels of THC that can lead to schizophrenia, butane, CO2, or rubbing alcohol, gas, gasses that could harm them physically. They’re now smoking pesticides. And if we know what pesticides are, that’s a poison! That’s what they put in when they try to remove the roaches or the rats from your house. And why is that in there? How do the pesticides get in the marijuana? Makes no sense! No, it’s actually put in the plants as it’s growing. So as they’re growing the plant, farmers use pesticides to make sure that the little bugs don’t go in the plant, to kill the plant. So while they’re growing, the pesticides goes into the products, and now it goes into, they extract whatever, and they put ’em into this cart. And now they’re smoking pesticides. So I’ve had clients that smoke these products tell me it tastes like gas. It gives ’em extreme headaches, it gives ’em migraines. And again, they continue to smoke it because that’s all they can get their hands on. And because it helps them deal with whatever. So the smoking of the pesticides, for me, is by far the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen in my life, and in the life of marijuana. Because it’s really, it’s really difficult that these children are looking for a way to escape, but what they’re escaping to is directly into poison itself. And it’s just so sad that these underground black market products, you can’t find these in dispensaries. Because they don’t wanna go through the proper channels to clean their products. So they sell ’em to our kids. Easy money, easy. So this is left and right. I actually had my clients come bring me some of the, some wrappers. “Okay, so bring me your stuff, I wanna see it.” So I have one of ’em here. And when you look at the package, and you read it, in the back it says, “Lab tested, all natural. “No PG, PEG or VG.” So on the package itself, it’s telling these kids, “Oh, it’s safe, smoke it, it’s safe! “There’s nothing in here, there’s no pesticides, smoke it!” So of course, our kids are gonna believe this, ’cause it says it on here, it must be true! But again, anyone can make this package, I could make this package. They’re not testing their products. And the research that I found, they’re all smoking poison. So I’m gonna pass this around so you guys could take a look. I also have a huge difference, so I wanted to kinda show you the difference in what may be a clean marijuana product, and what is a dirty marijuana product, and what our kids are getting their hands on, and what they’re bringing me, actually. But before I get to that, they said marijuana could never kill anybody. Marijuana actually, when marijuana became legal in Colorado back in 2014, I wanna say. A 19-year-old kid went over there to go have a good time, he was on spring break. He goes, and he goes into a party. And in this party, they have a batch of cookies. And when you go to a party, how are you not gonna eat a cookie? You’re gonna eat the cookie, you’re gonna eat the whole thing. So what happened was, these are marijuana edible cookies. And each cookie had about 65 milligrams of THC. Remember how I told you it only takes about five to get you high? This poor student, 19 years old, ate the whole cookie of 65 milligrams. Who knows what symptoms he was developing. But he ended up jumping out the fourth story floor, the fourth story floor window, and died. So he could have developed psychosis, he could have thought many different things. He could have tripped. But the thing is, if you have an extreme amount of THC like that, it’s not gonna be your normal high. It’s not gonna be a walk in the park. It can lead to your death. And that’s why it scares me, and that’s why I want these kids to get the information. All right, so hiding spots. I’m gonna pass these around. So again, the ones that are passing out right here are what my clients have brought me. And these are extremely dirty, and not clean one bit. And you could tell the difference. And I have three that I can show you that actually do have, it is a clean form of marijuana. So before I get to that, or as you guys are looking at that, I’m gonna pass out the bad ones first. So those are like the really bad, dirty, disgusting, don’t ever, if you see that when your kids’ hands, please send them to me for help. But we wanna know where they’re hiding it. So this is kind of another fun part. So I actually hid marijuana here. No I’m just kidding, I don’t have marijuana here. But I have been hiding some, I’ve placed in this room a few objects into where I could hide drugs. And I want you guys to tell me where it’s at. And it’s within my area. So anyone? Anyone wanna guess? The Arizona? The Arizona, all right. No, carry it. I mean you could, it’s heavy, there’s drink in there. No? No?
No. (laughs) Good, good, excellent. Yes, this Arizona is a stash. So you could put your drugs in here, you could put a knife in here, they could put whatever it is in here. But I, you could actually buy these at your local smoke shop, and if you guys know, these smoke shops, these tobacco stores, sell chips and candy, right? So our kids could go in there, and they could buy this. This is about $12. $10, I think I paid for this. They have different ones. So I could pass this around, just be very careful, ’cause this is a little sharp right here. But it screws on. Where else, where else am I hiding some drugs? (laughs) Anywhere else? Anyone noticing anything on me? I may be holding something on me, no? So I’ve actually been carrying paraphernalia this whole time around my neck. So I wanted to show you guys how discreet this can be. This is actually a marijuana cart. It’s empty, in case I’m not. But I’m gonna pass this around. They could be holding it around their neck, in their pocket, in their bra, in their anywhere without you noticing. This is this tiny, and they come smaller, so I want you guys to be very familiar with this. And what they do is just smoke it. They attach it to a battery, and they smoke it. Again, it’s effortless, it’s too easy. So I was hiding that on me, okay. And I’m gonna give you the last one. This water bottle. This water is, I was gonna drink this! No, it’s a stash! (plastic pops) Boom! Oh!
Ooh! So there’s actually water in here. So they become very creative. Again, I bought this off, I think Amazon, for like $8. They sell ’em a lot on Amazon, believe it or not. But I’ll pass this around. Just be more, just think outside the box when it comes time to searching your kid’s room, or searching anyone, or tell your sister, your aunts, or your uncles, or whoever. But again, you can buy these easily on Amazon. They can buy it at the smoke shops. They could turn it, they could make it themselves. I also have these two here. It’s a highlighter, right? I’m gonna go do some math, or go study, read a book, and I’m gonna highlight some notes. I’ma take some notes, I’m a good student! No, they’re actually go get some, they’re gonna go get some weed, and go get high. So this is actually a pipe. And they could stash the weed in there. And when they’re ready to go get high, they just put the weed in here, and then burn it, and then boom, there’s your pipe. So that I believe I got off of smoke, a tobacco, online tobacco store, for I think $12. What about lipstick? Right, I’ma put some lipstick on. Oops, gonna do that right. Supposed to pop out of the lipstick. There you go! (laughs) So lipstick, this looks like a lipstick, right, is what I was trying to show you. Put some lipstick, it’s red, I’m wearing red. No, it’s actually a pipe. So they could put some marijuana in there as well. And then hide some marijuana. And then when they’re ready to smoke, they could just smoke it. So the creativity in these people in these, in this market, is ridiculous. And again, they’re genius. But just be very mindful that I got this information from my clients themselves. Some of them, where I used to hide my stuff. So I have the PlayStation, in back of the Xbox, there’s a little part that can open up, or like a little hole, they could hide drugs there. In their inhaler. There’s actually a little compartment in the inhaler. I used to have an inhaler, so you could hide some drugs there. Highlighter caps, this one’s huge, actually. If they have a highlighter, they could put it in the cap, or even a pill, like let’s say ecstasy pill. In the outlets, if they wanna be really creative, they could hide it in the outlets. They could just unscrew the outlet, put the drugs in there. Behind calculators. Calculators actually have a big pocket for batteries, right. So they just take the batteries out, boom, drugs are in there. In their shoes, which is huge. So if you’re ever searching your kid, make sure they take their shoes off, and their socks. In the books, in candy wrappers was huge. I never knew that one. Well, I never tried that one. But my clients told me that, “Yeah, “I put it in the candy wrapper in my drawer, “and they never even guess, it’s just candy.” In their car if they have one. In pen caps. In compact face powder. In first aid kits, in brushes. They have brushes also on Amazon. In, I’m not sure if anyone has alarm clocks, but definitely alarm clocks. So please search. ‘Cause if you find it, they could come get help. ‘Cause without the find, they’re gonna deny it. “No mom, I’m not smoking weed. “No dad, I’m not doing anything. “That’s just my friends.” But chances are, a lot of it, they just hold it on their backpack. ‘Cause sometimes, what I’m hearing, parents don’t really search their backpacks. But you need, I recommend you guys all just, you know, just go take a peak. (laughs) All right, so lastly, there is hope. So if you guys already experiencing this, please don’t get discouraged. There is hope, there is people out there like me that are wiling to help, and that want to help. Please do not feel like, you know, so what can you do once your child has started doing drugs, now what? Seek treatment. There is a few programs here in Long Beach other than mine that can offer services for you guys. Join parent support groups. I actually have a long list of local Al-Anon and Nar-Anon classes. Those groups are for people that are dealing with family members that are using. So you’re not the ones using, but your family members are, or your son or your daughter is. Those groups are extremely supportive. Huge help, I really recommend you guys all go take a look if you are dealing with this already. You also wanna speak to a child’s school about school-based programs. What is the school doing? Go ask questions. Go raise hell. Go ask the principal, “Hey, what’s going on in this school? “Why is there so many drugs?” Raise concern, ’cause that’s what’s happening, that’s what’s there. Evaluate your child’s social environment. Does your child, does your son or daughter, are they allowed to go to the movies by themselves? Can they go to their friend’s house and stay the night? You wanna make sure that their social environment is not a bad influence. ‘Cause that’s saying is “You show me who your friends are, “and I’ll show you who you are” is true. So if all your son or daughter’s friends are technically doing drugs, or smoking, or whatever, chances are, if they’re not doing it already, they will be doing it soon. So that’s what we wanna make sure of. I’m not telling you to go tell your son or daughter to stop seeing them. ‘Cause then you’ll get resistance. I’m saying just evaluate the social environment. You wanna keep your child busy with positive activities. What is a positive activity? Working out, sports, art is huge. Art is one of the best coping skills, natural coping skills that we can do that doesn’t cost a lot of money. Go get your kid an art set at the 99 Cent Store or something, go have ’em paint. Have child do physical exercise. So this is something that I’ve actually encountered my whole year. I’ve never really been huge on physical exercise. But this whole year that’s just passed, I actually had my anniversary, is I changed my whole lifestyle. And I’ve been doing physical exercise, like working out at least five times a week. And it’s been an eye-opener for me. ‘Cause I have never experience this amount of happiness, and this amount of, you know, normal, just ray of sunshine, just with exercise. It is insane, and I had never really believed it until now that I’m trying it, I’m just like, “Oh! “That’s why people work out all the time! “I get it now, okay, cool!” But the psychiatrist where I work actually will tell you. There is no drug, psych medication, that they can give you or your child, that is good enough like physical exercise. So if you just take your kid for a hike. Or if you just go to the gym with your son or daughter, just take ’em, they’ll learn to love it. But that feeling that they get after a workout is the same or similar feeling, the same neurotransmitters that’s happening as if they were doing drugs. It’s a pleasure, it’s a pleasure zone. So it’s, physical exercise is huge. Please, please, I cannot emphasize it enough. And understand that this is not your fault. So unless you gave your son or daughter drugs yourself, it’s not your fault. It’s just what we’re living in today. It is not, it’s just everywhere. It’s really the, it’s a huge battle that none of us were ever prepared for. And we cannot fight the whole, their whole environment. And where are they more than they are at home? They’re at school. So pretty much, they’re going to these drugs and to everything every single day. So it’s nothing that you guys have done. So please, you know, do not feel guilty. Do not feel like this is your fault. There is hope, there is people like me that are willing to help. And some communication tips that work, and I think we’re almost done. Is you wanna make sure that you’re speaking to, not at, with your child. So what does that mean? So there’s a huge difference when you speak to, and not at them. For example, so you know, your son or daughter comes home, and they’re like, “Mom, you know, I had a stressful day. “My friend got caught smoking marijuana, “and now you know, I can’t see her ’cause she’s grounded.” And then you automatically are gonna say, “What, you are not gonna be “hanging out with her anymore! “That’s it, you’re done talking to her!” And that’s speaking to. Or you can be speaking at like, “Hey, wow, that’s really sad that happened to your friend. “Do you wanna talk about it?” So there’s a huge difference. And I know it’s hard, ’cause you know, I have kids. And sometimes it’s really hard. But you also wanna compromise with your kids, with our kids. So what does compromise mean? It means like: Okay, so you wanna go out with your friend? Well, did you do your homework? How are your grades? How ’bout if you raise your grades up, then I’ll let you go with your friend. Not, “No, you can’t go, you’re never gonna go out. “No, you’re stuck here forever!” (laughs) So you always wanna make sure there’s a little bit of compromise. And, “Okay, sure, if you wanna earn it.” You gotta give ’em that trust. You have to give ’em that chance to show you that they can be trusted. You also wanna make sure that there’s mutual respect. It’s really hard, of course, ’cause we’re the parents, right. And we’re, you know, and I get it. But sometimes, there’s has to be a level of mutual respect with our children. Especially if they’re dealing with so much pressure now. And it is just really about respect. So I had a client the other day tell me that she was speaking with her grandmother, talking back to her. But then she told me, “No, but she started it. “She yelled at me for no reason.” And I was like, “Okay, well, did you say sorry?” She’s like, “No, I didn’t say sorry to her. “She disrespected me.” Like, whoa, I was like! (laughs) In my head, me being raised you know, in the Hispanic culture is like, first of all, you don’t talk to your elders like that. Second of all, you know, it’s just the mutual respect part. So I’m like, “Okay, so has she apologized to you? “Would you have said sorry for talking back?” “No, probably not, ’cause she didn’t deserve it.” So I’m just like, “What the heck!” I was like, “Whoa!” So the level of respect that these teenagers have now for let’s say adults, or anyone older than them is this small. So again, mutual respect. We gotta give respect, so we have to model respect, so they can know what it is to give respect, if that makes sense. You also, something that I’ve heard about that’s worked very well with particular families is contracts. So let’s say your child doesn’t come home one day. And they miss curfew, or let’s say they get high. Or they’re getting high, right. And so you bring out a piece of paper. And you’re like: Okay, so if you come home on curfew, or if you miss curfew one more time, I’m gonna remove your door from your room. You will not have a door. Okay, you sign it, you sign it, everyone signs it. You’re in agreement, sure. Agreement, sure. Contract is sealed. So your son or daughter comes home late the next day, boom, take the door away. Follow through, you have to follow through with integrity, and sometimes that works. So something you haven’t really maybe thought of. But contracts, you know, you have to give ’em to keep ’em liable for their actions. No secrets, sometimes our kids could really see through all the secrets that we’re holding. And I’m not saying to tell ’em everything about you, or what’s going on. But sometimes they needa know. Sometimes they know what’s going on underneath, and sometimes just being honest and open with them really helps them be part of something, and fill a little bit more comfortable within the family. And you don’t wanna push blame on your kid, on your son or daughter. Sometimes things happen within the family, it just. Or sometimes, they’re getting bad grades. Like, “Oh, this is your fault. “You’re not studying, this is you for not studying. “This is your fault, you need to fix it.” That’s blame. Instead of doing that, say something like, “Okay, you’re struggling in school, you know. “What should we do, should we get you a tutor? “How can I help you?” A different approach. And then the consequences of follow through. So if you tell ’em you’re gonna take their phone away from them if you catch them doing drugs, or if you catch them, you know, outside of school when they should be in school, take the phone away. (laughs) Follow through with a consequence. And when they get loud, you get quiet. That’s really hard for a lot of us. I’m gonna be very guilty of that. But a lot of our children may raise their voice, mostly because you know, a lot of the things that they’re going through, or because they get frustrated. And it’s easy for any of us to get frustrated and raise our voice. But when that happens, you will see a huge change in reaction when you get quiet instead of getting loud, like what they’re used to. So when they yell, of course, we’re gonna yell back, “What the, who you talking to like that? “Excuse me?” So instead of saying that, or any of that, just be like, “Hmm, okay.” And you’ll see like, “Wait, what? “You’re not yelling at me? “I just yelled at you.” And it could easily calm them down. ‘Cause what happens if we yell back? It’s gonna just go back and forth, it leads to a huge problem. And now they’re slamming doors, and now you guys aren’t gonna talk for a whole day. So try it. (laughs) We’ll see what happens! But that’s pretty much all I have for you. I have videos if we have some time to show you. But I think we do need to cut off live for the videos. But before we cut off live, I have, if any questions, I’m more than willing to answer. Any questions that came up about drugs or vaping? Or anything? I know it’s a lot of information. I know that. And I really express a lot of passion. I’m over here sweating. But it really is concerning, guys. And if you just take a closer look at your son or daughter, you may be shocked at what you’re gonna find. But (exhales) it is something you don’t have to go at it alone. I am more than willing to help anyone. Even if it’s, “Hey, can you come talk “to my kid a little bit, “’cause he may be doing drugs, but I’m not sure.” Sure, I’ll go talk to him. Call me, let’s go. But really, I really recommend all of, anyone that’s here, if you’re currently struggling, if you know anyone that is, send ’em to our clinic, or send ’em to Gold’s to receive treatment, because there is help out there. No one has to go through this alone. Everyone needs therapy, honestly, right? I mean, I’m sure we all could all benefit from some therapy. No, just me, okay. (laughs) No, but it really is, it’s so beneficial. And the way I work with my clients, when they come see me, they expect awesome. They don’t expect me, that’s for sure. (laughs) But when they come meet with me, I rarely even talk about drugs, to be honest. I’m more focused about helping their entire life. How can I help your life so that you’re not as miserable to wanna go do these drugs? What can I do, you wanna get a job? You wanna go volunteer somewhere? You wanna go workout, let’s go, let’s go for a hike. I’ve taken a few clients to Signal Hilltop. It’s beautiful, and it’s a eye-opening experience up there. Let’s go, let’s go. You wanna go volunteer, you love animals, you wanna do some art, all right, let’s art! Let’s do some art. What do you wanna be when you get older? Giving them that hope for the future. ‘Cause right now, they don’t see that. They don’t see it past 18. So I open their eyes. And on that process, I talk a lot about respect. Especially to parents. So it’s really huge for me to make sure that my clients get that. ‘Cause at the end of the day, when all their friends are gone, and that’s something I learned the hard way. When all your friends are gone, the people that you would die for, and ride for, right, their best friends, that’s their family. When they’re all gone, who’s left? Mom’s left. Dad’s left. But they don’t see that right now. So I really show my clients, like: Look. I understand that you love your friends. I understand that you’re really mad ’cause you won’t be able to see your friends. Or whatever happened. But listen, your mom and your dad really love you. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here right now. You know what I mean? So that’s kinda how I work. And that’s not an approach that they’re used to. So when they come see me, I’ve actually done amazing work, and I just wanna kinda, to kinda show you an example of one of the clients I’ve been dealing with. Or, you know, seeing. Not dealing with. (laughs) But a client, she came to me. I met her maybe nine months ago, maybe 10. And extreme anxiety. Extreme anxiety, and I could relate, ’cause I had really bad anxiety as a child, too. And she was just so extreme. She would literally bite chunks off her fingers of her extreme anxiety. Let alone, her thoughts of suicide, and the depression that came with it. So when I started working with her, like I told you guys, or I explained that I’m not talking about, “‘Kay, so you’ve been smoking marijuana every day?” She was a daily marijuana smoker. Of the nasty products filled with pesticides. So I educated her, and she minimized, minimized, okay cool, great. I’m not expecting them to stop smoking marijuana tomorrow. I’m not expecting that at all. I’m not even trying to get them to do that. I’m trying to get them to see that the future is worth more than what they’re doing today. So this client came to me with these extreme symptoms, and I’m just like, “Oh man. “This is just, I cannot believe this.” So after working with her, and for me, I’m just trying to keep them alive. Especially my suicidal ones. If this marijuana is the only thing keeping them alive at this point, how am I gonna take that away from them right now? I’m not trying to do that. Okay, but let’s talk about your future. Let’s talk about after you turn 18. Your parents suck, okay. When you turn 18, what are you gonna do? You can go get your apartment, you can go to your dorm, you can go to college. You can become that independent person that you wanna be. You don’t have to be trapped in the, and a lot of my, a few of my clients are dealing with that because they may be, you know, lesbian, or gay. And their parents are not accepting of that. So they go into this really dark place, you know. So it’s a struggle right there to deal with that. But again, that’s not there forever. And I’m not trying to say like if your clients come see me, I’m trying to get them out of the door at 18. I mean, unless you want that. No, but what I’m trying to say is for this particular client, she had no hopes for the future. She literally told me, “I don’t wanna live. “I don’t wanna live past 18. “I don’t want this life.” That to me is like, “Okay, I needa keep you alive.” So I worked really, really well with her. Again, with the treatment team. So I work with the therapist. I’m the substance abuse counselor there, so I work with the therapists, tag team. She sees the therapist for an hour, she sees me for an hour. And then these few months, this client of mine, she was one of those girls, just like I’m sure some of our daughters are that cared way too much about what other people thought. They had to get the nails, the hair, right. These girls with the short shorts, and all of that. And what does that society, but that’s another discussion, but anyway. She was one of those, you know, popular girls at school that needed to hold this reputation, right. So after working with her, I helped her realize that everyone around them is nothing. What matters is what’s inside, what’s inside of you. What really matters is how you feel. Who cares about what they think. Who cares about what your, you know, what the students, or that boy said, or that girl said. What’s happening with you? So I got her to see that. And that’s one of the key components I teach my clients. ‘Cause a lot of them have a fear of just fitting in. A fear of peer pressure, of not fitting in. And it’s like, who cares, who cares! They’re not gonna be there when you turn 22, or graduate at college or something. They’re not gonna be there, who cares! So now, I am happy to report, she is about, I wanna say about two months sober? Which is huge, huge, I wanna say, huge. But not only that, she actually showed me today that almost made me cry. I’m probably gonna cry right now thinking about it. She showed me today an email that she’s trying to change her school around. And she sent an email to all the faculty at her high school, sharing about her dark moments, and how she wants to change this high school, and add a poster of some kind about a coping skill that she has learned in therapy that could help the other students. And for that, for her not caring about what her friends or whoever’s gonna think about her trying to do this movement was huge. Not only that, she was able to share a little bit about her experience. And now it’s turned out for good. This girl, I would have never pictured to do this type of things. Now is so changed and so improved. Her depression is pretty much, you know, at normal. Like any person getting sad at her age. She’s not smoking marijuana anymore. She’s doing excellent in school. She almost dropped, she was almost failing her classes because of the marijuana, losing that motivation that she had. Now she’s getting almost perfect grades. She has a vision for her future. She has that vision for college. She has that in her head. She wants her apartment, she wants to have her cat, her dog, her own place. But how are we gonna get them there if they’re doing this, and they end up schizophrenic? You know, so I just wanted to share that. I’m extremely proud of her. And it goes to show that all I did was plant some seeds. That’s all I’m doing. I plant some seeds, and I support them along the way. I water these seeds. So every time she would come see me, we would chit chat, we’ll talk about this, we’ll laugh, we’ll do this. Rarely did I talk about drugs. Sure I educated, they know, they know what they’re doing, for the most part. But like I said, the techniques that we’re all used to, “Say no to drugs, don’t do drugs.” That’s not what comes out of my mouth. What comes out of my mouth is, “Okay, you wanna do drugs, sure. “You do all the drugs you want. “Wait till you’re 21.” ‘Cause the chances of them becoming an addict when they’re 21, they start experimenting, goes from about 60% to about, I wanna say about 6%. So it drops tremendously. So all I’m trying to do is get my kids, my clients, to not do drugs for as long as possible, so that way, you know, when they get older, their chances of even wanting to do drugs is little to none. So that’s kinda where I wanted to share. Along, I’m very passionate. I wanted to thank you guys for being so patient with me, and enjoying all the beautiful sweat coming out. But again, I’ll be here for questions. Ruth is in the back. She’s a colleague of mine, able to answer any questions. This epidemic is huge. I really hope you guys understand that. I really hope you really start maybe exploring a little bit differently now with your own children, with your own students, with whoever. Become familiar, become aware. ‘Cause what’s happening is schools is I ask the teachers, I ask the principals, “What are you doing when the kid’s high?” “Oh, we send them to the nurse.” “Okay, what does the nurse do?” “Oh, they check to see if they’re too high, “or too extreme, and they send ’em to the hospital. “If they’re not, they just send ’em home.” They send ’em home to go get more high? That doesn’t make any sense to me. Where’s the follow through, where’s the, “Hey, this kid is screaming for help! “Let’s go get him some help!” So that’s where I wanna leave you off at. Please, let’s work together. Thank you for your time. Thank you, camera crew, thank you everyone online. (Rebecca clapping)
Thank you, Rebecca. Thank you, Ms. Kesler. Thank you. (parents clapping)
Thank you. It starts with parent education, so we thank you for being here. We thank you for those who tuned in on our live stream. Parents, thanks for coming out on a Tuesday night. We appreciate you. Ms. Kesler will be here if you have specific questions. And her colleague in the back. So again, thank you for coming out tonight, have a good evening. Thank you.
Thank you. This phone. So you don’t have to call the clinic, you don’t have to talk to an operator, nobody, secretary. You can call me directly. Leave me a voicemail, call me. You can call me just to say hi, I don’t care. Just call me. (laughs) Thank you guys, thank you.