Xanax-Laced Gummy Worms Show Up in Kentucky

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Having worked in the behavioral health and drug addiction field for many years, I’ve seen things that would shock a lot of people. However, for me, it’s just another day helping others.

I could go on and on about the different things I’ve experienced while working in substance abuse and the thing is, as soon as I think I’ve seen it all, something comes along and proves me wrong.

The drug crisis is worsening, there’s no doubt about that. With a worsening crisis, more attention has been put on the problem by law enforcement and other agencies in an attempt to handle the issue, but the problem continues to grow.

With each passing day, it seems like there’s a new drug threat. If it’s not opioids and fentanyl it’s synthetic drugs and methamphetamine. Either way, we’ve still got a huge problem on our hands that shows no immediate signs of letting up.

Recently in Frankfort, Kentucky, law enforcement officers found Xanax-laced gummy worms during a recent drug raid in the area. After executing a warrant on a local drug house, the deadly candy was found along with weed, cocaine, and meth.

Now, while drug-laden candy isn’t a new thing with the advent of weed edibles, putting strong prescription tranquilizers in sugary treats is definitely a first.

Franklin County Sheriff Chris Quire said, “The problem we’re seeing is you don’t know how much Xanax is actually there because they’re being soaked in the selling bags and then closed and distributed to whoever. So what you think you might be getting isn’t actually what you might be getting.

That statement is so true. Drug dealers don’t know how much of a drug they’re lacing something else with and, honestly, they don’t usually care. They do care about your money, however. Just one or two milligrams of Xanax is enough to put a full-sized adult out if they’re not used to it and just a little bit more could potentially kill them.

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Dismayed neighbors were shocked to see the sheer amount of narcotics that were found in a home near where many of their children play. Obviously, it’s a big fear that their children could wind up drugged.

This story, while troubling, isn’t shocking. Not in our current world. Drugs are coming in all shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. All of which can be very enticing to kids.

It was only a couple of years ago that methamphetamine was found being pressed into pills that looked like children’s vitamins! You can’t be too careful these days because sometimes candy isn’t just candy and it could pack a devastatingly deadly punch.

The scariest thing is that these candies have drugs so cleverly disguised that people can get high right in front of your face and you’d never know. And kids can pop a few gummy bears, worms, or whatever, and get high right there in class.

We need to start cracking down and figuring out why this crisis continues to push on. If we don’t do something now, who knows what tomorrow will bring.


Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.