Say the term ‘cabinet party’ in a room full of teenagers using drugs, and at least some will ask ‘what time?’ Drop the same term in a room full of parents, and some might mistake it for a remodeling term. In fact, cabinet parties are the latest drug fad.
Parent’s Guide to the Cabinet Party and Robo-tripping
The cabinet in question is the parental medicine cabinet. Teenagers using drugs are notorious for ferreting out the painkillers, uppers and downers that parents may receive for a number of conditions from the local pharmacy.
As outlined by Sgt. Tom Lorenz and quoted by the Glendale News Press, “the biggest problem in the United States today is not the drug dealer at school or on the streets, it is the medicine cabinet that you have in your home.”
Peer pressure and drugs that are easily available to any teen in an American home open the doors to a number of opium-derivatives. A well-known example of teenagers using drugs involves Robo-tripping: getting high through overindulgence of Robitussin, a common cold medicine that is available over the counter.
Don’t Think a Cabinet Party is a Big Deal? Think Again!
Peer pressure and drugs go hand in hand when it comes to setting up — and participating in — a cabinet party. Teenagers using drugs will steal medicines of any kind from familial medicine cabinets. At the party, the stolen drugs get pooled. Vicodin and OxyContin are big hits.
Once all attendees have unpacked their stashes, the ‘fun’ begins. Teens will pop the pills like candy, mix and match, wait for ‘something’ to happen and keep on going.
Teenagers Using Drugs May Think they’re Safe
Part and parcel of the problem associated with cabinet parties is the complacency practiced at home with respect to prescription drugs. Add to this the changes in public sentiment (from ‘marijuana is bad’ to ‘marijuana is a godsend’), and it does not take long for peer pressure to make the supposedly safe prescription drugs look desirable.
Narconon points out that all drugs are poisons; yet how many children truly understand that the legally available (albeit controlled) poisons in the medicine cabinet can kill them? This brings it back to the parents: what do children learn in your home? Are drugs the cure-all for any and all of life’s ills, or do the kids learn that they are a last-ditch response to ‘when all else fails?’
Cabinet Party Lingo for Beginners
Parents of teens are wise to look for signs of drug abuse at all times but even more so when it seems that just yesterday mom got the painkillers prescription filled and now the bottle is nowhere to be found. Even if it is not the teen living in the home, one of the friends might have raided the medicine cabinet.
Party attendees will speak code about ‘bringing the trail mix,’ ‘pharming‘ or going to a ‘punch bowl party.’ Drug statistics cited by Mom Logic suggest that 2.3 million kids between 12 and 17 have abused prescription drugs. When it comes to teens, 1 in 5 admits to ingesting prescriptions written for someone else.
Are you hip to signs of drug abuse in your kids? Does your home hold ample supplies for a cabinet party?