Mommy Matters: Alternatives to street drugs to watch out for
A warning this week about party drugs, health officials said they are popular with teenagers and could come with some major risks.
Some of the products are being marketed as a food supplement but are advertised as an alternative to street drugs.
One of these, snortable chocolate.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently served a warning letter to the marketers and distributors.
One local doctor said parents should talk with their teens about the dangers of these party drugs.
"In the marketing it is being used as a drug, Illicit drug substitute,” Dr. Douglas Carlson with HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital said. “So whether that's a gateway drug or not, we can’t say for sure. But the idea of snorting medications in order to get a high, seems to be not the best idea for teenagers or adults.”
The FDA said these products may pose safety concerns, and the companies are in violation of regulations.
Promotional material for legal lean syrup claims it's like codeine but can be legally bought without a prescription.
Below is the full interview with Dr. Carlson.