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Sweet treat gives more than sugar high

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INDIANAPOLIS -

You'll find a sugar high in any store's candy aisle and it's not usually a big issue. But some candies are turning up in Indiana that give the wrong kind of high.

"It can be potentially dangerous, because you get the same effects from eating marijuana as you could from smoking it," said Dr. James Mowry with the Indiana Poison Center at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

State police say someone in Indiana is making look-alike gummy candy and hard candy laced with THC - the ingredient in pot that gives the user a high.

"It just looks like candy but it could be something different," said Shriram Patel, who worries young relatives could confuse tainted stuff with real candy if they found it in a friend or family member's home.

Police say the stuff found in Indiana was not wrapped professionally. It was found in baggies and wrapped in wax paper so it wouldn't stick together.

"I wouldn't have ever thought it. That's crazy," said Jason, an Indianapolis father

It's not just homemade stuff you have to worry about. In Colorado, they make candy, cookies and more laced with THC - and they make it legally. It's professionally packaged and it could find its way back to Indiana. It's turning up in other Midwest states.

"Actually, my son likes gummy candy. So that's something he would eat. I'll be absolutely be looking at it," said parent Dustin Baker.

Police say look for candy out of its package or in plain baggies.

Mowry says young people who eat the stuff "would probably get a little disoriented. Might stagger a little bit. May not seem like they're really with it."

Little kids who might just think it looks like any other candy could even have breathing problems, depending on how much of the stuff they eat. You can call the Indiana Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you think your child has ingested something harmful.

"We don't give our kids a lot of candy," said parent Tony Spataro. "But if we do give it to them, make sure, A) it is packaged and B) we check the packaging, now that I know about that."

Mowry says his hotlines have not received calls yet from people made sick by the candies.

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