Midlands students sent to hospital after eating drug-infused candy

FILE photo of Gummy candy coated with THC
FILE photo of Gummy candy coated with THC
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 9:53 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Two students were sent to the hospital from a Midlands school after eating drug-infused candy on Tuesday.

Richland County School District One officials said that two Hand Middle School students were taken to the hospital after eating gummies that police say contained drugs.

HMS administration was notified by a school resource officer that a student had consumed narcotics allegedly given to her by the student.

The Columbia Police Department has charged a student with possession of hash oil. The student was released to his parents, according to officials.

Experts say the gummies are easy to get either in the mail after ordering on the internet or at a local smoke shop.

WIS spoke to psychologist Pam Imm with the Lexington Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council. She said since the gummies are pretty easy to get, parents should be the lookout for them.

“These gummies and candy are more available than people and caregivers know,” said Imm. “A lot of shops sell products infused with Delta 8 which is similar to Delta 9 which is THC. It’s not regulated well. There are free samples that youth can get their hands on.”

In October, a student at Rocky Creek Elementary School reached into a prize box and grabbed “Stoney Patch Kids” believing they were Sour Patch Kids candies.

The school’s administration is investigating the incident.

According to the principal, the students are at home and doing well.

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