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Teenagers using nutmeg to get high

December 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A warning to parents: some teenagers are using the common spice nutmeg to get high.Ground nutmeg is a common ingredient found on store shelves, often used to flavor desserts and even top off a glass of eggnog. When nutmeg is snorted, smoked or eaten in large quantities, it can cause hallucinations.

Several videos posted on YouTube showed teens consuming nutmeg as a drug and turning them into cigarettes. One video showed a young man consuming an entire container of it.

Nutmeg use is becoming a problem in Oklahoma, and it has attracted the attention of law enforcement. Although they say there's nothing illegal about it, it's what happens down the road that has them concerned.

"What we want to stress to parents if you've got a kid that's looking nutmeg or some of these other products to get a high, you probably already have a kid getting high, and he's simply looking for a legal and easier way to do it," said Mark Woodward, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.


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