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Vapor Pens and Synthetic Drugs in Deerfield Beach, Florida

Tuesday, 15 September, 2015

Cunning, baffling and powerful are the words used to describe the disease of addiction. On September 5, 2015, CNN published a story depicting the latest trend for covert drug use, vapor pens. A vapor pen, also known as an e-cigarette, heats a liquid substance that in turn is inhaled. The beauty for cigarette smokers is that the vapor pen creates a steam instead of smoke which makes it easier to hide the habit. Police in Deerfield, Florida are finding more and more illegal substances being smoked using vapor pens, because of its non-detectable odor. “Thirty three people have died in Broward County from synthetic drug use, some involving vapor pens.” Additionally, mental health facilities in south Florida are seeing an increase in admissions from those who have psychotic symptoms as a result of smoking synthetic drugs.

Even more frightening is that the Deerfield police report social media sites, such as Instagram, show people using vapor pens which could contain other harmful and possibly lethal substances. Vapor pens have become more of a fad than a help to quit smoking or stop the nuisance of cigarette smoke. It seems the disease of addiction has taken yet another good intention and twisted it to claim more lives and send more people to mental health facilities. In south Florida, and as a society, we need to become even more aware concerning the behavior of our loved ones. If you believe there is more than nicotine being used in their vapor pens, ask questions.

Take time to inform yourself about vapor pens, synthetic drugs and which mental health facilities in south Florida treat this addiction. Vaping: The latest scourge in drug abuse
Rachel Rowitt, Ed.D, LMHC, CAP has worked in the field of clinical psychology for 15 years. She is a freelance writer who specializes in educating the community about the effects of mental illness, addiction and how to make effective changes. She has been affiliated with Lifeskills, a residential treatment facility for mental illness and addiction, for over 5 years.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 19 November, 2011

Inaugural Gala New York Center for Living

Michael Gillis, MSW, Executive Director of Lifeskills South Florida will be attending the inaugural gala for New York Center for Living October 20, 2011 being held in New York, NY. The Center for Living NYC offers coordinated recovery services for adolescents, young adults and families at its’ Manhattan location.

 

American Society of Addiction Medicine National Conference

Lifeskills South Florida will be attending the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) national conference entitled State of the Art in Addiction Medicine, October 27-29, 2011 being held in Washington, DC.

 

Silver Hill Hospital Gala

Michael Gillis, MSW, Executive Director of Lifeskills South Florida will be attending The Silver Hill Hospital Gala being held November 3, 2011 at Cipriani in New York, NY. Actress, novelist and screenwriter Carrie Fisher will be honored at this event. Silver Hill Hospital provides comprehensive inpatient, residential and outpatient programs for adults and adolescents covering the full spectrum of psychiatric diagnoses. Silver Hill Hospital is located in New Canaan, CT.

 

Professionals Weekend Lifeskills South Florida

Lifeskills South Florida will host a Professionals Weekend November 10-13, 2011 at its’ Deerfield Beach, FL location. The focus of the weekend is training on Mentalizing-based Treatment for Adolescents, Adults and their Families. This forward thinking training will be facilitated by Efrain Bleiberg, MD, Senior Psychiatrist and Past President of The Menninger Clinic, Houston, TX. His book, Treating Personality Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Relational Approach was published in the fall of 2001 by Guilford Press.

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