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Oldham County Schools reports finding ‘edibles’ (a gummy candy with drugs) at school for first time ever

Oldham County Schools said for the first time in school history students were caught with edibles at school, The Oldham Era reported.

Edibles are “designed to look like gummy candy, edibles frequently contain synthetic THC or other substances. These are also easily concealed and difficult to detect,” according to board documents.

The director of student services at Oldham County Schools, Jonathan Wosoba, presented the annual report on student drug and alcohol violations at the Oldham County Board of Education meeting recently. Eric Davis, who will be taking over as the director of student services soon, also discussed the data.

“It is becoming very, very popular,” Wosoba said about edibles. “This is the first year we’ve been able to measure the edible piece to that.”

Photo from Childrens Hospital Colorado, part of a campaign against drug-laced candy.

Seven students were caught with edibles during the school year. Two of those students were also charged with selling and distributing edibles and were expelled.

Although there is the emergence of a new drug violation in the district, overall the number of drug violations is down.

This year was the lowest number of student violations since the Renaissance program, which addresses students that violate district policies of alcohol and drug use, began 10 years ago.

“The celebratory piece to this, is this is an all time low for number of incidents we’ve had at schools,” Wosoba said. “Only 44 violations that we were able to log as alcohol and drug violations, which is a good thing on one hand and a concern on another hand.”

Wosoba later spoke about how vaping devices and edibles can be hard to detect.

“With the advent of, acquisition of and the continuing explosion of the vapes, those things are becoming more and more difficult to detect which leads us to believe we were missing a lot,” he said.

There were 117 vaping violations in the 2018-19 school year. This number only includes tobacco violations using vapor delivery devices.

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