Teen dies from drinking poppy tea

By Terrapinzflyer · Oct 6, 2009 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Teen dies from drinking poppy tea

    Chamomile, Earl Grey and green varieties are some of the more popular teas. However, there is now a warning about another type of tea that could be toxic.

    On July 28, Frances Young's son, Cory, died. The cause of death was listed as "morphine intoxication."

    "He knew what was safe and what was not safe, but he underestimated the tea," she said.

    Police found no sign of morphine, but they did discover something that caught their interest.

    "They found the bottle of tea and poppy seeds and poppy pods," Young said. "At the time they were removed, the police weren't really sure what it was."

    What police found was the makings for an all-natural and perfectly legal poppy seed tea. Like a growing number of young people, Cory had started steeping the seeds into what appeared to be a "natural herbal tea."

    But, the poppy plant is used to make opium. Cory was concocting a homebrewed high.

    "He was drinking the tea because he knew it would get him high," Young said.

    She is now talking about the tea so parents can become aware of what would otherwise be a harmless ingredient that can take a fatal turn.

    Poppy pods can be bought in hobby stores or online for crafting projects. Seeds are available at nearly every grocery store. The amount needed for poppy seed tea was easily found at the Dallas Farmer's Market. For $6, a whole pound was bought.

    Cory wrote about making the drink and even wrote a warning to "take preventative measures to make sure you won't die if you overdose."

    The Internet is littered with similar recipes.

    "I want parents to know what it can do to their kids," Young said. "I want parents to be aware that this isn't an herbal supplement."

    02:41 AM CDT on Tuesday, October 6, 2009



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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Poppy tea kills two North Texans

    You can buy them at the grocery, at the garden store, at some farmers markets and -- of course -- online. And your kids, armed with a little Internet knowledge, can turn them into something deadly:

    1. Cory Young , an 18-year-old in Keller, recently died from drinking poppy tea, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Boiling seeds or seed pods essentially creates cheap, homemade morphine, of God-only-knows how strong a concentration. "The kids are all after it," Cory's dad is quoted as saying. "It's supposed to be a pleasant high, a euphoria effect that you get out of it."

    2. Cory is not the first area resident to die this way, according to another grieving family's Web site. They've documented several deaths around the country, including another one in Tarrant County early this year.

  2. chillinwill
    Father warns parents about dangers of poppy seed tea

    Word on the street: Watch out, poppy seed tea can kill you.

    That’s no urban myth, says Jerry Young of Bowie, whose son died in late July, two weeks shy of his 19th birthday, from drinking a concoction of boiling water and poppy seed pods.

    "There are other ways for kids to die, in car crashes and so on," he said. "But to die from making tea out of poppy seeds? It just blows you away. Every day I wake up and it feels like I’ve had this horrible nightmare."

    Opiates such as morphine and heroin are distilled from the opium poppy. But the seeds and pods have such low levels of opiates that they are legally sold and readily available at some Tarrant County grocers and farmers markets, as well as over the Internet.

    Tea extracts made from them, though, can contain enough opiates to provide a euphoric high and lead to overdoses.

    Keller police found Cory Young dead in the Keller residence he shared with his older brother. Police found poppy pods in the home, police spokeswoman Brenda Slovak said Tuesday. An autopsy showed that the Central High School graduate died of "morphine intoxication," records show.

    An official with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration said it had no information about death from poppy pods or seeds. "We haven’t heard anything about it," DEA Dallas spokeswoman Terri Wyatt said. "I haven’t seen anything with our lab in that regard."

    But Jerry Young said the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office told him that his son "had enough morphine in his body to kill 10 or 20 adult people."

    Young said his son learned about the seeds on the Internet and bought them at a farmers market on the Keller-Watauga border for $3 a pound. A farmers market official could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

    Young said he warned his son that the seeds were not safe. "The kids are all after it," he said. "It’s supposed to be a pleasant high, a euphoria effect that you get out of it."

    After his son’s death, Young said he investigated the sale of the pods and seeds and found that they aren’t considered a "drug" or "herbal supplement." Seeds are used on bakery products such as bagels and cakes. The pods are often sold for craft projects, such as dry flower arrangements. When boiled in water, the pods can be potent enough to kill, Young said.

    The potency "is completely unmeasurable," said Carol Young, Cory’s grandmother, who lives in Bowie. "None of it is regulated. One pod does not have the same potency as the next one. Not all poppies are the same kind of poppies."

    October 7, 2009
  3. DrugCritics
    Crazy, probably a better idea just to wait til you can buy some actual opium. Or better yet, dont mess with these drugs if you don't know what you are doing.
  4. Vein_Banger
    ^^^ well in the article, it said he knew what he was doing, he knew what was safe, but underestimated the tea, and prolly just didnt follow his own rules! As the article said he also took notes and wrote about it! Just goes to show tho, swiy can never be too careful!
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