Dying to Get High

May 16, 2013 Updated May 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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May 16, 2013 Updated May 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Not too long ago, parents worried about the neighborhood drug dealer that could be pushing pills or selling pot to their kids.

Now the road map to getting high is sitting right in teens' hands -- on their laptops or smartphones.

"That's my son," says Laura Wood. "The son that was held down to get drugs between his toes. He was petrified of needles, but he would do anything."

Her son had been an athlete and honors student at one point -- but slipped out of control.

"He was involved in a lot of different school activities, with soccer, with music programs -- he was very good at managing both," says Laura. Her son started using marijuana at 11-years-old.

Teen drug use is nothing new.

Jodie Altman, the Program Supervisor at Renaissance Campus, says "The problem's been there, the problem's getting worse, and I don't see a whole lot of relief at this point."

Kids, teens and young adults are turning to the internet for new ways to get high.

Gigi Rubin, a college senior, says her peers "see it on YouTube -- they can google it and can read about it, a kid getting high, and go hey that's a great idea!"

Videos feature teenagers taking shots of vodka in their eyes and putting alcohol soaked tampons in their bodies.

Also glorified on YouTube -- chugging Robitussin and drinking hand sanitizer.

Young adults and teens also talk about a friend called "Molly," which experts say is a nickname for designer ecstasy.

Pill parties are another big trend. They are a cheap way to get high. Teenagers often take prescription drugs straight from the medicine cabinet. College students often trade ADHD medication and opiates.

Another dangerous trend is the choking or pass-out game, in which tweens and teens strangle themselves or deprive themselves of oxygen to get high and faint. This has been known to be deadly.

These increasingly bizarre ways of getting drunk and high all have consequences -- blindness, brain damage or death.

"My little brother's actually seen one of his classmates have to be taken to the hospital because of it," says Brittany Bratek. "So it can really damage your high school career and then your future too."

Experts say a child is never too young for the alcohol or drug talk.

Laura Wood gives this warning to parents: keep a close eye on your children, especially for major changes of behavior, and don't be afraid to ask for help.

She adds that tough love can be the best help. Out of bailing her son out of trouble time and time again, Laura had her son arrested and taken to the Renaissance Campus for inpatient rehabilitation. He know helps young addicts in their battles.