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The Toxic Love Triangle Between Teens, Drugs, and Alcohol

One student suffered a seizure after hitting a Suorin. But even a near-death experience could not deter him from vaping in the future. “It’s just whatever,” he said. So what does it take to stop substance abuse and vape culture at B-CC?

The love triangle between teens, drugs, and alcohol is age-old, but it has not always been sweet and winsome. One B-CC student learned this the hard way.

In just the second week of school, at the start of gym class, the student asked an acquaintance for a hit of his Suorin (vape device), something he has done before and not previously had a negative reaction to. But immediately after, the student knew something was wrong.

“I went back outside and gave it back to [him], I was like ‘yo… what was in that, it feels kind of weird,’” the victim said. “[He] said it was just regular stuff.” Within moments, however, the student had a seizure, and an ambulance was called.

Teenagers using alcohol has always been a problem, and one that has been strictly regulated, if often unsuccessfully. Vaping, however, has also proven toxic but remains under regulated. More than ever, it has become clear that vaping and teens shouldn’t mix, just as alcohol and teens shouldn’t mix. But company statements, laws, parents, and, most alarmingly, near-death experiences have not broken the relationship between teens and substances. So when is a “close call” too close of a call?

Recounting the incident, a bystander told the Tattler, “[he] just collapsed… I thought [he was] laughing but [his] face was turning purple, and [he was] shaking a lot.” After running to get the teachers, students watched as the victim was rushed to the hospital.

“It kinda blew me,” the victim admitted, “I literally closed my eyes and woke up in the hospital.” The student does not vape regularly, admitting that he only really vapes if he is at parties or with friends. Although he has “hit [his] fair share of devices,” a seizure is far from what anyone expected or could have predicted happening.

In the aftermath, rumors spread as other students reported that there were malicious substances inside the suorin, ranging from Lysol to codeine. The owner of the suorin (who did not agree to speak with the Tattler) continues to deny that there was anything foreign inside the device. The victim claimed: “[He] [says] there was nothing in there, but I just don’t believe that.” No matter what the truth is, the victim is glad the whole ordeal is over and things have gone back to normal. After being asked about his current relationship with the owner of the suorin, the victim said “we’re good now.”

Despite the experience, the victim admitted that he has vaped again since his seizure, continuing to walk the thin line between fun and fatal. Though he admitted to have “calmed down a bit,” it is obvious that this student, as well as many other teenagers, do not stop for danger.

The student said: “I’ll still do it occasionally. Just ‘cause you know, I’m a teenager. It’s just whatever.”

The truth is blatant: for a temporary good feeling, teenagers choose again and again to drink and smoke despite putting their health on the line. It must be awesome, addictive, or both. But this is not a criticism towards teens who drink and smoke. Every generation of kids loves nothing more than having fun; as the victim said “kids just love blowing smoke.” It’s fun to live on the edge, to be so full of life, rebellion, and adventure. It is something that has always existed, and shows no sign of slowing down. Suppressing it might even foster worse coping mechanisms for teenage angst.

Teenagers need to experience things so that they can move on with their lives with new wisdom and memories. This is not to condone drinking or smoking, but it is a reminder that we live a carefully balanced life as teenagers.

So then what does it take to stop vaping? To stop drinking? Obviously more than a seizure. It is not necessarily a question that needs to be answered; learn for yourself and be safe doing it. It seems that vaping and drinking are always going to be connected to teenagers. We can only hope that lightning doesn’t strike twice.

Lee Schwartz

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