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Gummy Bear Sends Student To Hospital

| by Sheena Vasani
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At least one Pennsylvania high school student was taken to the hospital on March 8 as a precautionary measure after eating gummy bears reportedly laced with weed.

Police are currently testing the candies found at West Mifflin Area High School, KDKA reports.

“We did find a small group of students in possession of suspicious candy at our high school," the school wrote on its Facebook page. "The parents of the students involved were notified and fully cooperated with the school and the West Mifflin Police Department.”

All students are reportedly safe, including the one sent to hospital for testing.

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While the school has yet to confirm suspensions and expulsions, at least six students are rumored to be involved.

"My son came home today and said about five kids got suspended and one expelled because of 'weed gummy bears,'" a parent said.

This is not the first time gummy bears infused with drugs have captured national attention.

In February 2016, KFOR reported an Oklahoma man, Nathaniel Rock, was arrested for lacing the candies with marijuana.

Rock was pulled over for not having a license plate.

“He didn't have a story on where he was going, where he was coming from," said Mark Opgrande with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. "The deputy got suspicious and called a K-9 out there.”

That’s when they discovered gummy bears and chocolate bars laced with marijuana.

“It's getting a little tougher to tell what's what,” said Opgrande. “The gummy bears look like gummy bears. You put them in a bag, and no one would be the wiser.”

It something authorities say is becoming more common.

“Teenagers have openly bragged that they're sitting in math class or on the bus eating these candies,” said Mark Woodward with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

Lacing gummy bears with drugs is dangerous, Woodward warns.

“As many as one or two gummy bears could be enough to send a small child to the hospital,” Woodward said.

Sources: KDKA, West Mifflin Area High School/Facebook, KFOR / Photo credit: Tamara S./Flickr

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