Candy, the New Gateway Drug – Smoking Smarties on the Rise
I have to admit, I have often wondered what a white colored Smartie would feel like if I snorted it up my nose…no not really. I heard about this story a year ago, but apparently “Smoking Smarties” is on the rise.
Students, often middle schoolers, are crushing Smarties candies into a fine powder in its wrapper, or using already powdered candies such as Pixy Stix or powder drink packets such as KoolAid…tearing off one end, pouring the powder into their mouths and blowing out fine Smarties dust, mimicking a smoker’s exhale.
In more severe cases the kids will actually snort it up their nose.
“It is not a narcotic of any sort. They are not getting high,” said Carol Williams, project coordinator of the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition Project Safe Place Programs of Family Connection, Inc. “They are literally just inhaling sugar into their body.”
The students who do it are inhaling sugary powdery dust into the nasal cavities, which can lead to infections in the sinuses or upper respiratory system, but the biggest concern among drug educators, is what mimicking smoking or snorting drugs could portend for the future.
Candy…the new gateway drug. What a waste of perfectly good piece of candy!
For all of those in Britain and Canada, these are not the chocolate covered Smarties you are thinking of…it’s the candy we call ‘Rockets’ or those ’love hearts’ kids give out of Valentine’s Day.
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