Wired this week carries an interesting report about a new kind of narcotic that's proving especially attractive with teenagers. According to News 9, kids around America are i-dosing, or doing digital drugs that they find through dealers on the internet.
I-dosing involves getting a song from a dealer online, plugging in your headphones and getting high off an MP3. It might sound a bit silly to you or me, but kids are taking it seriously and so are officials. High School students told News 9 that it's a serious matter and it's not something that should be overlooked. A spokesperson from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs is worried that i-dosing could act as a gateway drug and get kids hooked on other, more dangerous drugs.
"Kids are going to flock to these sites just to see what it is about and it can lead them to other places," Wired cites Mark Woodward as telling News 9.
Indeed there's one 'i-doser' available to try on YouTube for free and there are plenty of kids who have posted friends' reactions to being i-dosed. The user (listener?) is supposed to lie back and relax and listen to the song through headphones. However, it seems many YouTube users are having themselves a little bit of a freak-out after about a minute of listening to the "song," as they rip off the headphones in a state of what appears to be panic. One boy even cries.
Check out the full story on Wired or watch the News 9 report below.