Now the doctors are just having fun:
zack s – McCreary Academy, Kentucky: would eating shrooms and weed at the same time kill you or make you really really high?
Dr Ruben: What’s wrong, you don’t like pizza?
But seriously, it is impossible to predict what the mixing will do to you. It does sound though like a very dangerous experiment. Do you feel like a guinea pig tday?
Someone’s trying to make a crack baby!
joepoe1419 – New Egypt High, New Jersey: how do you produce a crack baby?
Dr. Kris Bough: Females that become addicted to crack cocaine and become or are pregnant can severely and adversely affect their developing fetus. When that baby is born, the baby is likely to be born prematurely, underdeveloped, with a low birth weight, and in a very fragile state of health requiring a lot of medical attention just to survive. It may also be that the baby, since it is no longer exposed to crack cocaine coming from the mother, will show symptoms of withdrawal (shaking, sleep issues) that will need to be treated. But, a lot of the adverse effects – both short term and long term – are still unknown. For example, will that baby have a chance to grow up and lead a healthy life? There is evidence that some of these children have a difficult time while young. No one wants to do this to a baby—it just underscores how difficult it is for these mothers—or anyone— to get off drugs. But it can be done, with help. It is important for women to ask for help—treatment can work! For more information on babies and the effects that mothers addicted to stimulants can have on their babies, see: http://www.teens.drugabuse.gov/facts/facts_stim2.php#pregnant
16984560 - Francis Scott Key Middle School, Maryland: what would happen if you mixed all the drugs together and took it?
Dr. Steve Grant: ALL DRUGS !!??? I would say you would pass out, and maybe even die because you would stop breathing or your heart would stop beating. Very likely, your friends would have to take you to the hospital and be faced with having to explain what happened to you. Mixing drugs together is like playing Russian roulette with 6 bullets in a pistol; something bad is bound to happen.
And some questions we actually want to know the answers to:
theblindmonkey – St. Henry District High School, Kentucky: are the drugs prescribed for ADD and ADHD considered to be in the same family as amphetamines?
Dr. Kevin Conway:
Great, sophisticated question.
The answer is–Yes and No.
Yes: Methylphenidate (Ritalin and Celera) are members of a class of pharmacological agents called central nervous system stimulants, which also includes Adderall (amphetamine) methamphetamine. All these agents change the amounts of natural chemicals called dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain.
No: The ADHD medications are classed as safe and very helpful for many people who take them orally as prescribed by their doctors to control ADHD symptoms; methamphetamine is classed as having no medical use and is extremely addictive and illegal.
Here are some links to information about these drugs and medications: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/facts/facts_stim1.php
JKB’s MOM(FCB) - Randolph-Clay Middle/High School, Georgia: Is drunk driving more harmful than drinving while texting?
Dr. Ruben Baler: what a great question!!
I am not aware of any study that compares both behaviors side by side. But I would bet that they are both similarly and extremely dangerous.
And our personal favorite:
16976678 - Francis Scott Key Middle School, Maryland: DO GLUE GET YOU HIGH
Dr. Jane Lipkin: Along other inhalants like paint and gasoline, the chemical vapors from glue can be very dangerous.Your lungs absorb inhaled chemicals into the bloodstream very quickly, sending them throughout the brain and body. Along with your ‘high,’ sniffing glue may result in death from heart failure or suffocation (inhalants displace oxygen in the lungs). You can get more information from our teen site at http://teens.drugabuse.gov/facts/facts_inhale1.php
Seriously, we’ll be refreshing this site allll day.