Alcoholic Gummy Bears a New Trend Among Teens

LAS VEGAS - They're sweet, cute and alcoholic. Drunk gummy bear candy is now trending on the east coast and slowly making its way to our area.

Several reports of students using the candy to get drunk are surfacing in the Clark County School District and in California.

"I'm not surprised that they're getting creative with how to hide their alcohol," said marriage and family therapist Donna Wilburn. "Not only is it just another way to be able to drink, but it also has a cute factor to it. So, some kids might think it's cool, or isn't this cute? I have gummy bears, and I get to use alcohol."

Wilburn says the Internet exacerbates the problem. Tens of thousands of people have already watched one YouTube video that shows viewers how to make vodka gummy bears. Both parents and teens are disturbed by the trend.

"I think it's bad because what if little kids get a hold of it one day, and then they eat it, and they get alcohol in their system and something happens to them?" said parent Magadelan Rojo.

"It's kind of scary, because I like gummy bears, and I'm kind of scared because it's something you have to really keep an eye on," said student Anthony Dickerson.

Drunk gummy bears isn't the only trend parents have to keep an eye on. Teens are constantly coming up with innovative ways to get high – from snorting bath salts and nutmeg to smoking spice.

Wilburn says talking to teens is the best way for parents to stay ahead of the curve.

"The child needs to keep communicating with the parent," she said. "But if the parent gets over emotional or angry or upset when that child's sharing something, the child will stop sharing. The communication goes and so does the supervision and knowing what your child's doing."

Wilburn suggests parents communicate with their children, school administrators, and even other parents. Letting kids know you know the latest trends could also be very helpful.


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