TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A dangerous new trend is taking over middle and high schools all over the nation; kids misusing a vaping device by using it with marijuana products instead.
“There are so many ways they are concealing and hiding it now, that it can be right there in front of your face and you would never know what it is.”
The Juul is a small device that looks like a USB.
It’s a new vaping craze that is supposed to be used to combat cigarette use.
“But a lot of them have found that they can put these other substances in there and be able to get high in public without anyone realizing what it is that they are doing," Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Price says.
Price says kids as young as 12 years old are vaping from a device that their parents thought was a device used for school.
“Just as school has started, there are more and more things that this particular Juul is capable of doing that we have learned,” Tatum Superintendent Dr. J.P. Richardson says.
THC oil, ground up prescription medication, even liquor has been abused with this particular device.
The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office has reported 20 confiscations since school started a few weeks ago.
“You cannot tell me that a grown person, in a regular job that they are in, would want an instrument to smoke out of that sings songs, and lights up or would want to smoke bubblegum, so it is definitely tied to our youth,” Dr. J.P. Richardson says.
The bright colors and unique flavors are enticing younger and younger audiences; leaving law enforcement to have to charge children as young as 10 years old with possession.
“Minor in possession of a tobacco product, if we find out that it is an illicit drug then they are looking at possession of marijuana or possession of a controlled substance depending on what it is,” Price says.
The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office is planning on holding safety meetings in their school districts soon, to help teachers and parents be more aware of this dangerous new trend.
We asked JUUL’s representative for a comment and were given the following statement:
“JUUL is intended only for current adult smokers who want to switch from combustible cigarettes. No minor or non-nicotine user should ever try JUUL.”