A Port Barre High School student is accused of selling a THC-laced candy to another student who then may have overdosed on the drug, according to the police chief.
A 16-year-old student brought THC-laced gummy candy to school and sold it to an 18-year-old student, said Police Chief Deon Boudreaux in a release. The 18-year-old ate three of the candies, each of which had about 70mg of THC, the psychoactive component found in marijuana.
After consuming the drugs, the 18-year-old started to feel disoriented, had an elevated heart rate and seemed to be having a panic attack, Boudreaux said. At that point, Port Barre Police officers were called to the school. The 18-year-old was taken to a hospital and later released.
The 16-year-old was charged with distributing a Schedule I narcotic and a violation of a drug-free zone. The 18-year-old was charged with possession of a schedule I narcotic and a violation of a drug-free zone.
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Boudreaux said the amount of THC consumed by the teen is well above what would typically be ingested by someone who was smoking a marijuana cigarette, therefore causing the potential overdose. A marijuana cigarette typically contains 12mg of THC. The 18-year-old consumed 210 mg of THC at once.
„Some people don’t believe there is a harm involved when ingesting THC, but that belief is a common fairy tale,” Boudreaux said. „The truth is, THC is harmful when ingested in large doses and especially if that person is not a frequent user.”
He encouraged parents to be mindful of children’s social media and internet activity.
„These types of drugs can be purchased online and mailed to your home,” he said. „The more concerning issues are you don’t know what other drugs could be in these things and the fact that it is candy form is scary, especially if a small toddler would get a hold of a bag of THC laced candy.”
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