What Is The Chemical From Gummy Bears That Makes High School Students To Be Hospitalized?

Thirteen students from a Naperville North High School were hospitalized on Tuesday after eating gummy bears that were apparently laced with an unknown substance. It is unclear yet whether the teenage high school students knowingly took laced gummies, but some students told the substance was marijuana. The police are investigating the incident happen so there's no confirmation yet.

High School Students Were Hospitalized Because Of A Chemical From Gummy Bears

A total of 13 Naperville high school students were taken to the hospital on Tuesday after they ate gummy bears that apparently were laced with another substance, CBS Chicago reports. As of now, 11 of the students were listed as being in stable condition and fortunately, two were released from the hospital. The reported symptoms include dizziness, rapid heart rate and dry mouth. In addition, a 17-year-old was taken into custody for questioning.

According to Time, students told police that the candy was laced with marijuana, but the investigators have not confirmed that yet. Naperville North High School said several students became “both uncomfortable and sick” after eating gummy bears “that may contain another substance.” Police have confiscated samples of the candy for testing. It was unclear whether the students were aware that the gummy bears were laced with the drug.

"It's difficult to make judgement about what's actually going on when there's so many different rumors, but it's scary to see all the kids going to the hospital," said Lily, a student at Naperville North. The school were scheduled to discuss the incident at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “We continue to review the specifics of the situation and will address it appropriately,” scfool official said.

What Is Marijuana?

Cannabis, also known as marijuana among several other names, is a preparation of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug or medicine. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 65 other cannabinoids. Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporization, within food, or as an extract.

As described by NIH, Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.1 Its use is widespread among young people. According to a yearly survey of middle and high school students, rates of marijuana use have steadied in the past few years after several years of increase.


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