Teens turn to dangerous concoctions to get high
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:34:21 GMT —
With the economy in bad shape, officials say many drug abusers are looking for the cheapest way to get high.
In our Facebook Story of the Day, you wanted to know what new drug habits teenagers are getting into.
Major Bill Berry with the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit says teens are now looking for affordable and easily attainable items to make their own drugs like Molly and Purple Drank.
Major Berry says instead of purchasing expensive street drugs, people now experiment by mixing different types of over-the-counter medicines, heating cough syrups to make the active ingredients more potent and other ways to get high.
Officials say this is especially dangerous because every person's body is different and with a new mixture, you never know how someone is going to react.
With new experiments, there is a higher risk for an adverse effect that could lead to hospitalization for an overdose says Major Berry.
Officials say these types of instances are hard to prosecute because all of the ingredients are normally legal but law enforcement agencies try to crack down on their availability by making certain items hard to purchase due to age restrictions.