Drug and alcohol use trends evolve with generations, and in some cases become dangerous. There’s been a surprising uptick in gummy bear and dragonfly drug cocktail abuse among teens lately. This new wave of drug use is of particular concern in terms of availability and accessibility for young people. It can also lead to unintended overdose, such as a child accidentally ingesting a gummy with a string.
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What are drug gummy bears?
Gummy bears or gummy drugs are candied treats laced with drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy, and even hallucinogens. In Detroit, teens are said to be drunk on vodka-soaked “boogie bears” — gummy bears, worms and other gelatin-filled creatures — that seem harmless to parents, teachers and law enforcement overnight. It is reported. This candy soaks up the colorless and relatively odorless vodka that’s popular among teens, and just a few handfuls can get a teen intoxicated.
Officials are concerned about the trend, noting:
- Teenagers do not know how much alcohol they are consuming.
- This form of teenage substance abuse is largely undetected because anxious adults must taste the candy to determine if it contains alcohol.
- Sweet candies dilute the taste of alcohol, so teens can quickly consume too much without realizing the full effects of alcohol.
- Teens are finding information and how-to videos online (some with over 10,000 views), making the problem even more widespread.
It’s important to talk with your teen to understand the risks of these gummy bear drugs.
What is Dragonfly Medicine?
“Dragonfly medicine” is a combination of drugs that teens have been using to get high. The most common ingredients are ecstasy, methamphetamine, and cocaine. Sold in capsule or tablet form, it has become popular among young people due to its powerful effects. The first reported dragonfly combination in Idaho and Wyoming is 4-ethyl-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine, or 2C-E as it is commonly called.
Also known as Europa, the drug is a synthetic hallucinogenic drug with effects similar to LSD, including mild hallucinations, an increase in body temperature, and synaesthesia (sight mixed with taste, sound, and touch). Dragonflies come in powder form, often in unmarked blue or white capsules. The effects start within an hour if taken orally and within minutes if taken through the nose and last 6-12 hours.
Like bath salts and other synthetic drugs, the drug is not yet regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is legally purchased online by teens. It has sent four teens to the emergency room so far this year. No matter where you are in the country, your teen has probably heard of dragonflies and drunken gummy bears.
Gummies and Dragonfly Treatment
Help is available for teens struggling with gummy drug use, dragonfly drug use, and other substance abuse problems. Right Step specializes in teen and adolescent addiction treatment. Our team of experienced professionals offers a comprehensive and individualized recovery approach designed specifically for teens. We offer a variety of treatment options including:
- hospitalization and detox
- Partial hospitalization
- outpatient intensive care
If your child needs help, please contact Right Step today.
Gummy bear drug treatment in Texas is on the right track
We are here to answer any questions and provide the resources young people need to get the support they need. Don’t wait until it’s too late, act now. Please call 17135283709 Or visit our online form to start the treatment your teen needs. We support you and your teenager every step of the way.