Top 6 Ridiculous Ways Kids Have Been Accused Of Getting High

You’ve definitely seen the harrowing news reports. “The latest teen trend!” “The kids are all getting high!” “It’s an epidemic in the Midwest!” And then the news anchor goes on to report on some new RIDICULOUS way young people are supposedly slaughtering their brain cells.

Yesterday brought another such lovely dramatic scare-tactic. Did you know kids are getting drunk off of hand sanitizer? (Peep the video here.)

Look, kids in the suburbs. I get it. There’s not a whole lot to do other than invent new ways to get messed up. I was a teenage “rebel” once. My sister and her friends used to pound Red Bull and have “hyper parties.” I had a guy friend who used to try and smoke banana peels. One time, I attempted to get drunk off my dad’s O’Douls (non-alcoholic beer). I know what it’s like to be bored and trying to get f-cked up. But can you stop being so ridiculous about it please? I think we’ve done it, guys. We’ve invented all the ways.

1. Jenkem

Based on an Internet hoax, the media started reporting that American teenagers were doing a new drug called “jenkem:” fermented human sewage, scraped from pipes and stored in plastic bags for a week or so, until it gives off numbing, intoxicating fumes, according to author Emma Guest.

Yep. The idea supposedly came from a real drug popular in Zambia and reported on in many books about Africa and in articles by the BBC in the early ’90s. Jenkem resurfaced in 2007 when someone on a message board claimed to be making and selling it in Florida. (I’m from there, and I can say that this makes total sense.) Here’s a media report on jenkem. It’s about people huffing poop so… watch at your own risk.

2. Sizzurp

Oh, Lil’ Wayne. Your interview with Katie Couric remains one of my favorite things that has ever happened. (“I’m a gangster, Miss Katie. I do what I want to do.”) In it, you defended your use of a drug called “Sizzurp,” “Purple Drank” or “Syrup.” It’s prescription-strength cough syrup with codeine and promethazine mixed with Sprite, Mountain Dew or pieces of Jolly Rancher candy.

Syrup is mentioned a lot in rap music and as a hilarious punchline, but it’s also dangerous. It killed UGK’s Pimp C, among other users. Lil’ Wayne is really, really addicted. In college, I definitely saw some people trying to emulate their rap idols by drinking cough syrup recreationally. It was not pretty.

3. “Cheese”

“Cheese” is Tylenol PM and heroin. Anything more I could possibly say about “cheese” has already been said hilariously and perfectly by comedian Kumail Nanjiani. I’ll just leave this here:

4. iDosing

It sounds like a crazy science fiction story, but it was supposedly real. In 2010, tech blogs started reporting on kids getting high using mp3s that induce feelings of ecstasy. It’s digital drugs and it was deemed “iDosing,” by News 9 in Oklahoma City, OK. Kids were apparently logging into certain sites and getting hooked up with free “doses” of audio files with names like “Gates of Hades.”

I’ve never iDosed, so I don’t know if it actually works. But getting high via the Internet? Without watching a cat do something cute? I’m skeptical.

5. Vodka tampons

Remember this beautiful little viral news story from not too long ago? Teenage girls! They’re terrifying! They’re crazy! They’re soaking tampons in vodka to get drunk! God I love when the masses are scared of the female sex organ. But supposedly, this urban legend has documented cases as proof. Teens think it’ll get the alcohol to their blood stream faster without the barrier of stomach acid and remove any trace from their breath so parents won’t find out.

Watch the above clip from CBS 5 which abuses the “liquid pouring” sound effect and gleefully (gleefully!) overuses the words “rectal” and “anal beer bong.” Anal. Beer. Bong.

6. Bath salts and nutmeg

Snorting bath salts and nutmeg can make you high, and according to news reports from last year, all the kids are doing it. Doing this drug, which is amphetamine-like and mimics the effects of ecstasy, causes delusions and confusion, but also cardiac arrest. Hooray! But were young people actually snorting this stuff? One family blamed their son’s 2010 suicide on an addiction to bath salts. Police in Kansas and Missouri said they’ve found kids with bath salt brands called Cloud Nine, Ocean Snow and Lunar Wave. Personally, I prefer to get high off of Bath and Body Works’ Country Apple, but I’m an old fashioned kind of gal.

In conclusion, the media needs to stop having a field day whenever teenagers figure out a new way to get high. But also, teenagers, stop drinking hand sanitizer. For god’s sake, you’ll be able to legally go to a bar soon and then, all of this will feel silly. TC mark

image – CLChang


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  • guest

    “Personally, I prefer to get high off of Bath and Body Works’ Country Apple, but I’m an old fashioned kind of gal.”


  • Michaelwg

    I have no words. Or at least, nothing not wildly inappropriate about #5…

  • Fox Kieran

    I use iDoser as a sleep aid. 
    If I’d known it was such a dangerous “gateway drug,” I’d have started years ago!

  • David Andrew Juliano

    No eyeball shots?

    • Anonymous

      What is that!

      • Teresa Lynch

        Vodka poured into your eyeball I think!

      • Kait

        It’s actually real! A few kids in my town were caught pouring vodka into their eyeballs before school or something. 

      • Anonymous

        if they build up a tolerance they should try peppermint schnapps!

  • Raymond Thimmes

    Vodka Tampons –  Smirnoff’s next brand

  • Jamie B

    Am I the only one who was scared straight by the D.A.R.E. program?

    • Teresa Lynch

      I was scared straight until the day went to college.

    • Guest


    • Julia Kath

      My 12-year-old brother graduated from the D.A.R.E. program several months ago, and before his ceremony we had a celebratory dinner for him – because he was so proud of himself. My parents are European and so drinking at the dinner table was something I’ve grown up with, and we poured champagne. One of the absolute funniest moments of my life was arriving at the ceremony and realizing that we got my brother buzzed on champagne for his D.A.R.E. graduation. Maybe it was one of those ‘had-to-be-there’ moments, but I remember having to leave the room because I was snorting and crying with laughter knowing we’d just liquored up the 12-year-old pledging sobriety. 

  • Megan Vo

    Vodka pads need to be a thing please, because using tampons is a sin!

  • Fryfold

    I know someone who got IDed for purchasing flea and tick treatment because supposedly kids were trying to use it to get high.

  • Chelsie Baugh

    My friends mother accused us of sucking formaldehyde out of dead people in morgues because she had seen it “on Dateline or something.”

  • Itreallydoes

    My favorite was a bunch of MP3s that are supposed to simulate the effects of different drugs. There are multi-GB torrents still online. They’re basically 5 hour long tracks of static and pulsing beeps.

    • ks

       That was iDoser. Did you read the whole article?


    “God I love when the masses are scared of the female sex organ.”
    I’m confused as to how you made that leap.

  • Guestropod

    someone once told me you could get high off Certs, so I ate like three boxes

    nothing happened but my breath was fresh as hell

    • Anonymous


  • Marcus

    Pimp C died from sleep apnea complications. He was also diabetic. Although it probably didn’t help his condition, contrary to popular belief, Syrup didn’t kill him.

  • Andrea

    I gotta say, this is one of the funniest TC articles I’ve read. Thank-you Miss Gaby! You’ve shined the light on how stupid people can be.

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