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Latest drug trends among teens include 'cabinet parties,' police say

September 17, 2010 |  7:47 am

Glendale police met with parents this week to educate them about the latest drug trends among teens -- and dangers lurking in their medicine cabinets.

Dozens of concerned residents, school officials and community leaders gathered at the Police Department's north area town hall meeting at Verdugo Hills Hospital to get more details on heroin and marijuana, the drugs most commonly used in La Crescenta, Montrose and Glendale.

Video clips were shown during the meeting of local residents who, under the influence of controlled substance, demonstrated to police how they used heroin to get high.

"The biggest problem in the United States today is not the drug dealer at school or on the streets, it is that medicine cabinet that you have in your home," Sgt. Tom Lorenz told residents.

Painkillers and other prescriptions pills are just as dangerous and highly addictive as illegal substances since they are all derived from the opium plant, he said.

Pills have become increasing popular among teens, and many are raiding the medicine cabinets of their friends and family for prescription drugs, Lorenz said.

Some teens get high off Robitussin, an over-the-counter medicine used to treat cough and cold symptoms, for a high Lorenz said was known as "Robo-tripping."

They also participate in "cabinet parties," which generally require them to raid their parents' medicine cabinets for prescription pills to share with friends at a house party, Lorenz said.

Read the full Glendale News-Press story here.

-- Veronica Rocha