Thursday morning, 1/26/2012, I was featured on the Anderson Cooper show- you know the one they call, “The Silver Fox!” Yes ladies and gentlemen… he is just as cute live in the flesh as he is on TV. It was the second time I had been on the set of the Anderson show, which sits pretty above Central Park in the Lincoln Jazz Center, floating in the sky. Not a bad place to go to work everyday I must say. I was featured on the show as the voice of reason amongst The Millennial Generation. The shows topic was pretty intense.
We discussed- Dangerous Teen Trends Today-
I have to say some of these teen trends were a bit extreme and slightly disgusting. The trends on the show included: Smoking, injecting, and inhaling Bath Salts, Vodka Soaked Gummies, Vodka soaked tampons, Mephedrone aka (Plantfood, Meow Meow, drone, and bubble) and Synthetic Marijuana.
Bath Salt? (some of you may be scratching your head) The salt we discussed on the show is not the salt you add to a hot bath or use to enhance the flavor of your dinner. “Bath Salts” are known by many names such as Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning, Vanilla Sky, and White Knight. “Bath Salts” are snorted, injected, or smoked primarily by teens and young adults due to their availability on the Internet, local convenience stores, and smoke shops. The product is carefully labeled- NOT For Human Consumption-
The new and highly addictive designer drug labeled, “Bath Salts” contain ingredients including Mephedrone and MDPV. Mephedrone and MDPV are stimulants that act much like Methamphetamines and Cocaine, but produce the added effect of hallucinations. “Bath Salts” are known to produce side effects similar to Meth and Cocaine such as elevated heart rate, irritability, extreme paranoia, delusions of super-human strength and invincibility, hallucinations, suicide, aggressive and violent behavior.
Then we moved on to -Vodka soaked Gummies!
Yes, cool idea for those of us legal to drink, and not cool for the middle school students popping Vodka gummies on the school bus. The spiked Gummy bears are gaining traction via the Internet, with instructions and You Tube clips readily available. There is know way to determine how much vodka is being consumed, which is the primary concern for the youngsters and adults who are eating these gummy bears. I can’t imagine that Haribo Gummies are happy with the negative image gummies are now getting.
Anderson was quite un-easy with the next dangerous trend.
-Vodka soaked tampons-
SERIOUSLY PEOPLE… GROSS!
A super size tampon can actually hold up to a full shot of Vodka. This is NOT I repeat NOT and good idea. There are serious consequences to the vaginal wall and a painful consequence in attempting this unthinkable act. Crazy enough 24-year-old mother came onto the show to explain her experience of trying a Whiskey soaked tampon! She said she couldn’t even bare it for more than a minute and she was burning for a week later. This trend in no way shape or form gives you a better drunk or is a creative way to hide drinking from your parents. IT IS SIMPLY NASTY!