Gummy Bears with Unusual Ingredient Sent Over a Dozen Students to Hospital
Over a dozen Naperville North High School students were rushed in the hospital earlier this week after eating gummy bear candies that were allegedly laced with marijuana.
According to the report from Chicago Tribune, several students complained being both "uncomfortable and sick" after eating gummy bear candies. About 14 students were taken to the nurse's office, with 13 of those soon rushed to the Edward Hospital.
Physicians at the hospital noted that the students showed symptoms of ingesting "non-toxic intoxicants." These symptoms include dry mouth, rapid heart rate and dizziness. Affected students reported eating just one gummy bear. Due to this, doctors at Edward Hospital strongly suspect that the gummy bears eaten by the students were manufactured or laced with marijuana or marijuana oil.
"You eat gummy bears, those are pretty tasty," said Dr. Daryl Wilson, director of Emergency Medical Services of Edward Hospital, in a report from CBS Chicago. Why would you want to have just one - unless you know there's something else in the gummy bear?"
Students also told the police that the gummy bears were laced with marijuana. However, police officials were not able to confirm if the gummy bears were laced with anything until they have the analysis result from their crime lab.
A 17-year old boy was taken into custody for possible involvement to the marijuana-laced gummy bears. The boy was questioned and was later on released to his parents. The police noted that their investigation is still ongoing and criminal charges could potentially come at a later date.
According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 15.5 percent of 8th graders used marijuana in 2015. On the other hand, the prevalence of marijuana use among 10th and 12th graders is significantly higher, 31.1 percent and 44.7 percent respectively.
Aside from dizziness, rapid heart rate and dry mouth, marijuana use could also cause shallow breathing, red eyes, dilated pupils, increased appetite and slowed reaction time.