Who here grew up with gummy bears? They’re these gelatinous gummies that are shaped like little bears, right? gummy bears are like ‘drugs’ for kids, we get addicted to this sweet chewy candy easily.
What’s to hate about gummy bears? They’re cute and they’re tasty, but don’t eat them till you get cavities okay? I don’t want to be a bad influence.
About a dozen of teenagers in Northwest Indiana fell ill after eating drug-laced gummy bears.
According to the police, the gummy bears contained the active ingredient in cannabis also known as marijuana, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The high level of THC in the gummy bears caused the teenagers to hallucinations, experience rapid heart rate, leg pain, and blurred vision although they look like ordinary gummy bears.
It is reported that the teenagers were having a camping trip on the day of the incident, the police stepped in when a 19-year-old guy called emergency service saying he is feeling unwell and added that his friends had gone missing after eating the gummy bears.
The police later found 10 other teenagers, that makes it six young men and five young women, all aged 18 to 19 suffering similar effects as the guy in a house on County Road 325 in Northwest Indiana.
The teens were all immediately taken to the hospital and are now believed to have recovered.
It was not reported how did the gummy bears come into possession of the teens, but investigators believed that the gummy bears came from a state where marijuana is legal and then was brought to Indiana.
La Porte County Shefiff, Capt. Kellems said each of the teens ate only half a gummy bear.
“The strength is so strong that it caused an adverse reaction in 11 people – not one person, not three – it wasn’t just a small batch or a bad batch.
“You know when you put a can of Coke in front of me and I know I’m going to drink 16 ounces of Coca Cola, you know what’s in it. When you take something that is made and manufactured in a state that unfortunately allows this type of thing, you don’t know what you’re getting.”
Concerned law officers and parents fear that these harmful items might just end up in the hands of younger children. Stacey Hastis, a parent shared,
“I have kids myself so I would be concerned a kid brings it to school, I mean it looks like gummy bears.”
All of us understand the distress for parents as children don’t know about these sort of things and they blindly follow their peers in almost everything they do. So as adults, let’s keep an eye on what children put in their mouth, alright?
(Source: Elite Readers)