Gummy bears and cookies part of new drug culture

Spice is a synthetic marijuana people use to get high. / Jessica Fairley

Friday afternoon Worth County educators became students as they were filled in on the new trends within the drug culture.

They know about crack cocaine, heroin, meth and drugs from the past, but times are changing and so are drug trends. What could seem like a simple snack could be an alcoholic vice. Take for instance gummy bears.

"They're soaking gummy bears in alcohol letting them dry and removing them from alcohol after a period of time and they are eating them with the alcohol already soaked into it," said Victor Camp, Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Investigator.

He says a student can walk around school getting drunk without anyone knowing. And soaked gummy bears aren't the only tricks kids are using, they're also taking to tampons.

"They had the appearance of being drunk they stumbled and once they got to talking to the student, they admitted that they were soaking them and inserting them and it works into their system," said Victor Camp.

Camp says teachers need to be aware because with easy access to the internet these trends are spreading faster and faster and they may be in local schools.

"It would be good for them to know what's going on in their own classrooms. So this is another tool for them to use so they'll know what to look for," said Sgt. Henry Duncan, Sylvester Police Department.

Drug experts say synthetic drugs like spice and baths salts could appear as a small packet of candy. Drug dealers have even gotten savvy by coloring their dope, in hopes of drawing in a younger clientele.

During the lecture, teachers sat in awe as they learned the new street lingo. "Strawberry quick" and "cookies" were among the things to look out for.

"Hopefully seeing some of the pictures of the products that are being sold out there illegally, if the teachers see some of those they might make them say hey I saw that in that thing. We need to call the school resource officer and let them check it out," said Victor Camp.

He says by educating themselves parents and educators can inform students of the truth behind drugs and hopefully prevent them from choosing the wrong road.

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