Parents Beware: Children are Taking a Designer Drug Called Smiles
East Stroudsburg, Monroe County - A new designer drug that is often mixed with candy is hitting the streets.
Doctors believe two kids who arrived at the Pocono Medical Center Emergency room Tuesday were on a designer drug named 2C-I. It's called "Smiles" on the street. "It's the newest synthetic drug out on the market now," said Brian Allen the Pocono Medical Center Emergency Room Educator.
Allen told Eyewitness News the drug is in the methamphetamine class. It can cause hallucinations and deadly fast heart rates. Allen noted,"That's probably the most important thing that parents need to remember is that this drug is capable of killing kids who take it."
It is especially dangerous because it is often mixed into candy. He added,"Halloween is just a small short step away, parents want to really be careful and be aware of the candies that they get for their kids."
The children treated at Pocono Medical Center were transferred to Lehigh Valley Hospital. Pocono Medical Center did not release their ages. Hospital staffers could not say if it is the same children who were treated after showing signs of "Smiles" use in the Bangor Area School District. They were boys ages seven and ten.
Detectives are watching the situation. Detective Robert Burns said,"We're concerned about any drug coming into our coverage area."
He told Eyewitness News it can be difficult to keep up with designer drugs. He explained,"If they say hey this brand of synthetic marijuana is now illegal, then the manufacturers will just change around the recipe a little bit."
Burns said "Smiles" do not appear to be widespread in Monroe County but the best way to keep your kids safe from all drugs is to communicate with them. He said,"The best bet is always just education. You know sit down with your kids, talk to them about drugs."
Some signs that your child is high on "Smiles" include extreme giddyness, extreme empathy for others, and "out of it," behavior.
By: Eyewitness News
Updated: September 26, 2012
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