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Alcohol Gummy Bears

Just a few moments ago, my MASK Matters newsletter flew into my inbox with something I just had to share.

First a little bit about MASK. Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids is an organization with mission to educate both parents and children about the issues facing our youth today and to empower children to make safe, healthy choices.

The article I wanted to share is about how creative teens can be in hiding things from their parents. Here is what MASK has to say:

One of the scariest things about raising teens is the possibility that they might be influenced to drink. You can warn them of the dangers and consequences until you’re blue in the face, but sometimes peer pressure gets the best of them. The American Academy of Pediatrics found that more than four million adolescents drink alcohol in any given month.

And what’s more frightening, is how clever they’ve become about hiding the act from parents. Once upon a time, teens stole alcohol from their parents’ liquor cabinet, and locking the alcohol away was a fine way to curb the problem. But today, their creativity makes it harder and harder to keep up with the trends. The latest trend in undercover drinking is especially savvy and literally untraceable.

Teens are using gummy candy (bears and worms, to be exact) to get drunk. They soak the candy in alcohol, let it absorb, and plop them in a plastic bag and away they go — off to school, football games, wherever. If you saw gummy candy in your teen’s backpack, you might think “no big deal.” What’s even more concerning is how appealing these eye-catching treats look to younger siblings and younger kids in general. Let’s think about that for a minute.

As a parent, I have had conversations with our child to never take candy from someone they don’t know. Now, I have to change that speech to include those they might know, too.

What are your thoughts?

23 Responses to “Alcohol Gummy Bears”

  1. Katie360

    This is so disturbing. I work with the Drug and Alcohol Consortium and have heard them repeat over and over again that the greatest defense we have against substance abuse in adolescents is parents. Being involved in your child's life is so important.

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  2. Donna F.

    Yes, this is so disturbing and scary too. This is definitely not the type of thing we want kids to get creative with. I agree, being involved in a child's life is truly invaluable. It is important to teach important lessons from an early age.

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  3. sleepyheadedmom

    Kids always find a way don't they?
    I hadn't heard of alcohol soaked gummies until a friend had made them recently. They don't look concerning at all. Packaged Gummies look sort of wet in the bags to begin with so I can totally see how a teen could sneak those around just by removing any excess liquid and tossing them in a bag. Kinda scary.

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  4. Tari Lawson

    Wow,this is very disturbing. Going to have to speak to my kids about this. Thanks for the heads up.

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  5. Janet Lambert

    As a school nurse and a mother of two teens, I am very aware of the problems with children having access to drugs at school. The school that I work in is grades 5-6, and we already at this age found children with drugs in their posession. I agree with Kyle that the conversation about drugs and the severe consequences of taking drugs needs to begin at home and early in your childs life. Teaching a lifestyle of being drug and alcohol free, and modelling that lifestyle as a parent is the key to helping your children avoid things like the alcohol gummies, or whatever the temptations, when they arise.

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    • Life360

      Hey Janet 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! It's nice to have some first-hand perspective from someone in your position. It's hard to believe that grades as low as 5 are having issues with drug possession 🙁 How do you guys deal with that?

      Just, FYI, the article was written by MASK, not me.
      Cheers,
      Kyle
      Life360 Community Manager

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  6. Lisa

    Whoa! I’ve never heard of this. When I was a kid, we would have never thought of something like this. I have 2 teen sons and I will definitely be talking to them about this. They should keep an eye out for this type of thing. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  7. Alena Bejenarou

    OMG, Have never heard of it! I guess with our kids growing it is good to start looking beyond the standard assumptions and be more inquiring about their habits and likes, kids are very extremely inventive! This article is a very good reminder and great piece to take into consideration. Thank you so much!

    Alena B
    sanikache@aol.com

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  8. Valerie

    Wow, never heard of this! I guess I am glad my kiddos are grown now, you probably hear it a lot, but things have changed. With intelligence comes consequence.

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  9. Chelsea

    Honestly … I'm kind of skeptical about this. I work a minimum wage job with a fair number of highschool-aged coworkers, who are more than happy to talk about their drinking and drug-using exploits, and I've never heard of anything like this. Maybe it's just suburban kids, but in the city the old standbys of mixing alcohol into soda bottles are still the #1 method I hear of.

    It just reminds me of the scares about 'jenkem' and 'rainbow parties' and so many other things that got hyped up and turned out to be either fake or not even remotely widespread. But then, I don't know, maybe it's just huge in other parts of the country? I guess sleepyheadedmom, who commented above, has experience with this. So I don't know.

    Kids will always find a way, I suppose. :/

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  10. Colette

    Yikes! I have never heard of this. I have a 14 yr old and would like to think she would never engage in this, but you just never know. I'll have to ask her if her friends have mentioned anything like this. I wonder if it has an odor?

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  11. Melinda Richardson

    Ive led a pretty sheltered life and having no children, I havent had to deal with these types of situations. Wow is all I can say! I cannot even begin to imagine how hard it is being a parent and knowing the right and effective thing to do.

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  12. PassingThrough

    Hey. I did a sauna detox for about a month's time a few years back. Strange things happened and came out of my body during that time. LIke how I started singing and dancing like a drunkard inside the hot sauna. I didn't and don't drink hard liquor, hardly (and I'm not in denial). But I started CRAVING vodka. What!!! I don't touch, haven't touched, won't touch the stuff. Yuck. Phlech. But there I was, CRAVING straight pure alcohol. Weird and Strange. Kooky. Spooky. Well, after I settled down, from exhaustion, a lightbulb went off. Blink! Aha!! I was detoxing years of alcohol that was submerged inside my body. Alcohol from makeup, household cleansers, hair products, food products, first aid products, yadda yadda yadda. Just thought I'd let you all know to watch out now not only for the Gummy Bears and head for a hot sauna now and then.

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  13. Denise S

    What will they think of next? I never would have done something like this as a kid. I would have gotten my you know what beat. Its sad that kid's live's are such these days that they'd even have an interest in doing stuff like this.

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  14. Donna B.

    A very small part of me marvels at their ingenuity, but this mostly makes me sad. What ever happened to just being a kid?

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  15. Beeb Ashcroft

    Hmm, I've never heard of such a thing. I think honest and open communication with kids about these topics is important to help them make smart decisions and stay safe.

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  16. Nicole

    Oh, boy. I’ve never heard of this before. Guess that’s one more thing to talk to the kiddos about. 🙁

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  17. Dianna

    Wow, I hadn't heard of this before. I'm a middle-school teacher and will definitely keep an eye out. It's so sad that kids are finding ways to self-medicate themselves.

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