For all of you candy lovers out there, there is apparently a new use for a certain, classic kind of candy. Gummy bears are no longer the innocent treats they’ve always been, and a more creative use of the sticky candy might get some kids in trouble with the law.
According to sources, teens across the Midwest, including Minnesota, are using gummy bears to basically get drunk in an undercover sort of way. The sticky situation in that trend is that not all underage kids who wind up eating and getting intoxicated off of the candies might know the candy is spiked. In theory, they could get an underage citation or wind up charged with DWI without knowing they had consumed any alcohol.
Reports haven’t indicated that authorities in Minnesota or other nearby states have suspected gummy bear-fueled DWIs at this point, but school and legal officials are putting the warning out about the new alcohol-related trend. They suspect that the drinking strategy will start to spread quickly and lead to alcohol-related problems, including drunk driving.
An underage citation might sound like no big deal, but it can cause significant stress in a young person’s life, especially if the citation comes out of an honest, unfortunate misunderstanding. Being arrested for DWI is even a bigger threat to a teen’s future and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Whenever there is any word of a new drinking trend occurring among youth, it’s crucial for parents to be educated about it and respond accordingly. Knowledge can help prevent underage drinking and DUIs, but it also tells parents not to hesitate to contact an experienced DUI defense attorney if their teen gets arrested.
Keloland.com: “New Trend: Alcohol, Gummy Bears & Teens,” Ben Dunsmoor, Oct. 11, 2011