SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) – Parents are being warned about a troubling trend that’s becoming popular with high school students.
School officials say kids are ingesting plant seeds to experience a hallucinogenic effect.
In a memo sent to students and parents Tuesday, the Superintendent of Rhode Island’s Seekonk Public Schools said seeds for plants like sleepy grass, Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, and Blue Morning Glory were found.
Seeds may sound harmless, but according to the superintendent, the seeds contain a chemical, which, when ingested, closely resembles the effects of LSD, causing hallucinations, nausea, and vomiting.
The warning from Seekonk says students in a nearby school district were hospitalized after swallowing seeds.
Chief Craig Mace with the Seekonk Police Department says no students were sickened, but he believes the seeds are being intentionally ingested. He says the trend is new to him.
But it’s not new to News Channel 8 On Your Side’s sister station WPRI.
Back in 2009, WPRI explored the dangers of these seeds. At the time, a garden store owner said they were flying off shelves so kids could get high.
“They’re hallucinating for six hours. That’s a danger but also, all the seeds are coated with a pesticide so they’re also poisoning themselves,” says Andre Diagle, Manager of Almo’s Flower & Garden Center.
A Rhode Island The Home Depot has removed these seeds from their shelves, but parents are being warned that these seeds may be sold at other stores.
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