Sunday, September 20, 2009

4-year-old shares his cocaine "candy"

This falls not only in the "you shouldn't be doing illegal stuff" but into the "watch what you tell your children" categories.

According to an Associated Press news report, a 25-year-old man was about to be caught with several bags of cocaine on him. To avoid this, he stuffed the bags into his son's pockets and told the boy that they were candy. So, what did the boy do? What most 4-year-olds would do if they had a bunch of candy. He shared it.

Luckily (for the boy and the friends, not the dad), a daycare teacher saw what he was doing and she notified authorities. Also luckily, none of the children were harmed.

I've read about parents sticking drugs into their baby's diapers, but this is right up there on the "what were you thinking???" scale.

Ok, so how does this fit into a loose-flowing health blog? Just think of what could have happened to those kids had they consumed enough of the cocaine? Here are just a few of the adverse effects of cocaine. Remember, these are for adults, so imagine them as much, much worse in little children:

  • High blood pressure
  • Racing heart
  • Fast breathing
  • Agitation and/or confusion
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • High body temperature
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Fever
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart attack
  • Sudden death

What more can I say?

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