That Lip Balm You're Child is Holding May Be Pot

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- Parents should watch out for this new kind of marijuana as kids start a new school year. It looks innocent enough; maybe like lip balm, or ear wax. But experts say it packs a potent punch, and it's something parents should be aware of.

The 'wax' is made in a flammable process, using butane to strip out and concentrate the drug's THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

The Drug Enforcement Agency(DEA) says the abuse of such concentrates is a growing problem.

If you're concerned about your kids getting involved with drugs, the Office on Youth says:

Parents, know who your kids are hanging out with, monitor their use of technology, and look out for drastic changes in behavior.

"It's not really being nosy, it's just them doing their jobs. It's their responsibility to ask questions and know what their kid is up to. Even to ask them questions like, 'oh, I saw this thing about drugs or this thing about alcohol on the news, what do you think about that?' just kind of keep that conversation going, because communication can be a really important piece to it, I think," said Jessica Marino, a member of the Office on Youth.

Marino says if you haven't yet had conversations with them about drugs and alcohol, then now is a good time to start.


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