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Dangerous teen fads hit the Tri-States

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"Pill parties", "purple drank", drinking hand sanitizer. They are some of the most dangerous teen fads going around. And local high schools warn that some of these habits have even made their way to the Tri-States.

It's being called the new form of Russian Roulette.

Kids raiding their parent's medicine cabinet, taking anything they can find, including things like oxycontin and morphine, and taking them to pill parties.

That's when kids mix all the pills together and take them, not knowing what it is.

"Yes, it's very disconcerting for us," said Judy Liesen, guidance counselor at Quincy Notre Dame.

Liesen say she's heard of "pill parties." In fact, near the beginning of the school year police came to the school to inform teachers and faculty of dangerous fads Tri-State kids were getting into.

"Generally the students are pretty hush hush about those kind of things. They're not going to come and disclose it to us that this is what we're doing on the weekends," said Liesen.

Not only are kids mixing dangerous prescription drugs. They're also finding cheap ways to get drunk, including drinking hand sanitizer.

"Maybe they're just looking for a cheap, quick thrill but it's detrimental to your health. It can't be good for you," said Blake Johnson, junior at QND.

Johnson says he's surprised that kids are actually doing this.

"I think doing this kind of stuff is kind of regressing yourself back," said Johnson.

But even though he hasn't heard about pill parties yet, Liesen says it doesn't mean it's not happening.

"You think Quincy's kind of a secluded area but if it's happening in Chicago or St. Louis it's probably going to be happening here," added Liesen.

Liesen says to always keep that line of communication open with your child. And, also communicate with other parents. Let them know things you're seeing so you're all on the same page.

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