Some Kids Are Using E-cigs To Do Dope
Teenagers Vaping in Schools
Benjamin Briscoe and WCNC , WFMY
10:28 PM. EST May 17, 2016
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The latest trend to hit North Carolina classrooms: teens doing dope – right under their teachers’ noses. You’re thinking no way. Well new devices are making it easier to take a puff without getting caught. And students say it is happening right here in our state.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools say they haven’t seen this problem yet. And Guilford County is still looking into, but students down in Mecklenberg claim right here in North Carolina teens are already smoking pot in class – and it could come here soon.
“Yes, it’s a thing,” one teen said as another added, “You smell marijuana being used in the back and kids coming to class smelling like it so you know it’s going on.”
They say classmates are buying e-cigarettes and using them to inhale marijuana instead of nicotine. Doctors say some kids are vaping because it cuts down on the drug’s smell. While you can still smell the pot up close, it’s hard to catch it from across the room.
“Their fear of getting caught has gone down. And that’s a big deal. Once you remove that fear of getting punished, they’re gonna experiment more, and I’m not surprised one bit about it,” said David Tinkelman with National Jewish Health.
Police admit it’s hard to get a handle on the situation and many credit online sales for the growing trend.
“People can purchase the products that they need over the Internet or better yet – we are on a state where marijuana is not legalized so where do you get marijuana? You get it from somebody illegally,” said Edward Blevins with Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center.
And with e-cigs growing in popularity, drug counselors worry experimentation at a young age with pot is only going to go up. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarette use among high school students rose from 1.5% in 2011 to 16% in 2015.
In addition to marijuana being illegal in North Carolina, experts say inhaling the vapor is dangerous and addicting. To help, the Food and Drug Administration just announced its plan to regulate e-cigarettes. Under the plan, anyone under 18 would be banned from buying e-cigarettes like they could before.
Here’s more about the new rules:
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