The trends of drug and alcohol use evolve with the generations, and in some cases, in dangerous ways. Recently, there has been an alarming increase in the abuse of gummy bears and dragonfly drug cocktails among teen populations. This new wave of substance use is especially concerning because of its accessibility and availability for young people. It can also lead to overdoses in unintended ways, such as a child accidentally taking a laced gummy worm.
What Are Drug Gummy Bears?
Gummy bears or gummy drugs are candied treats laced with drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy, or even hallucinogens. In Detroit, teens reportedly get drunk on “boozy bears,” or gummy bears, worms, and other gelatin-packed creatures that look harmless to parents, teachers, and law enforcement but have soaked in vodka overnight. The candy absorbs vodka, a colorless and relatively odorless favorite among teens, and can get teens drunk with just a few handfuls.
Officials are concerned about the trend, noting that:
- Teens can’t be sure of how much alcohol they’re consuming.
- Concerned adults must taste the candy to determine whether it’s laced with alcohol, allowing this form of teen substance abuse to go largely undetected.
- Because the taste of alcohol is overshadowed by sugary candy, teens may consume a large amount quickly without realizing the full effect of the alcohol.
- Teens are finding information and how-to videos online (some with over 10,000 views), giving the problem an even broader reach.
It’s important to talk to your teen about understanding the risks of these gummy bear drugs.
What is Dragonfly Drug?
The “dragonfly drug” combines drugs teens have been using to get high. The most common ingredients are Ecstasy, methamphetamine, and cocaine. It can come in capsule or pill form and has become increasingly popular among young people for its powerful effect. First reported in Idaho and Wyoming, the Dragonfly combination is a street name for 4-ethyl-2, 5-dimethoxyphenethylamine, or 2C-E.
Also known as Europa, the drug is a synthetic hallucinogen with similar effects to LSD, including mild hallucinations, increased body temperature, and synesthesia (sight mingling with taste, sound, and touch). Dragonfly comes in powder form, often in unmarked blue or white capsules. The effects begin within an hour if taken orally and within minutes if snorted, lasting six to 12 hours.
Like bath salts and other synthetic drugs, the drug has not yet been regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and teens purchase it legally online. It has sent four teens to the emergency room so far this year. Wherever you are in the country, your teen has likely heard of Dragonfly and drunk gummy bears.
Treatment for Gummy Drugs and Dragonfly
Help is available for teens struggling with gummy drugs, dragonfly drug use, or other substance abuse problems. At Right Step, we specialize in teen and adolescent addiction treatment. Our experienced team of professionals provides a comprehensive and individualized recovery approach designed specifically for teens. We offer a variety of treatment options, including:
- Inpatient and detox
- Partial hospitalization
- Intensive outpatient treatment
If you need help for your teen, contact us at Right Step today.
Gummy Bear Drug Treatment at Right Step in Texas
We are here to answer any questions and provide the resources you need to get the support your teen needs. Don’t wait until it’s too late – act now. Call us at 17135283709 or visit our online form to get started on the treatment your teen requires. We’re here for you and your teen every step of the way.