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Teens Found Getting High Off Nutmeg

Philadelphia parents may have to keep a closer eye on their kitchen pantries as they cook during the holiday season. Reports from the Georgia Poison Center revealed that many kids are now getting high off of nutmeg. Yes, strangely enough, hundreds of young adults are snorting, smoking, eating, and drinking large quantities of nutmeg just to "get baked."

According to Fox 13 News, a recent YouTube video showed one teenage boy guzzling down an entire bottle of nutmeg followed with a swig of water that was also mixed with the spice. University of Michigan student Kayla Stegall said the unusual "YouTube sensation that's going around" has led many children to smoke nutmeg and "then film the effects after" to confirm whether they were able to get high.

Experts said people can experience some kind of a "high" after taking one tablespoon of nutmeg and waiting 15 to 20 minutes for the effects to surface. The Georgia Poison Center warned that these results are incredibly hazardous and unhealthy. Likely effects include stomach pains, dizziness, shivering, dehydration, vomiting, and body pain. 

Minors in Philadelphia may be subject to minor in possession (MIP) charges under PA law if found under the influence of any substance or in possession of any drugs or alcohol. Those under the age of 18 who are convicted of an MIP violation can face criminal consequences, regardless of whether they were using the substance.

A Philadelphia DUI lawyer can explain the legal process and possible options available to individuals arrested and charged with being high or generally under the influence of a dangerous or intoxicating substance. For general information, look through the Related Resources links below.

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