Friday, December 10, 2010

What’s nutmeg good for? Parents, take note.

What’s nutmeg good for? Parents, take note.

How’s your nutmeg supply this holiday season? Wondering where the ground nutmeg is going, besides for your pumpkin pie and a topping for eggnog?

Parents take note: some teenagers are using the common spice nutmeg to get high. When nutmeg is snorted, smoked or eaten in large quantities, it can cause mild hallucinations. And several poison control centers are reporting teenage use of nutmeg to get high is a growing trend.

Nutmeg use is becoming a problem in Oklahoma, and 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.

Doctors say smoking nutmeg does induce short hallucinogenic effects, but beyond that brief high it mainly causes unpleasant side effects including headaches, nausea/vomiting, dizziness and rapid heartbeat. Also that a nutmeg high is not likely to be fatal, but also not likely to be pleasant.


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