CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Cabarrus County EMS officials say cannabidiol (CBD) oil or synthetic cannabinoids have caused issues at every high school in the county.
Cabarrus County Schools sent a letter home to parents on Monday, Feb. 12 warning them about the use of CBD oils, as more and more teens are putting products labeled as "CBD oil" into vape pens or e-cigarettes and inhaling them.
“What we're finding is kids at high schools, young adults at high schools, are having complaints, fast heart rate, feel like their heart is going to jump out of their chest and even to the point some are having seizures, severe vomiting and headaches,” Cabarrus County EMS Director Alan Thompson said.
He says a total of 18 students since January 1 of this year have shown some or all of those alarming symptoms.
One Cox Mill High School mom, Monica Muldoon, says parents need to wake up to the seriousness of the issue and talk to their kids about it.
“Dig for that information because it's life or death,” she said.
A Concord Police investigator told FOX 46 that they seized more than 300 bottles labeled as "CBD oil" from Dream Tobacco and Vapes #2 on Concord Parkway, and another dozen bottles at Dream Tobacco and Vapes on Roxie St.
The owner of both stores, Fuad Alshaibi, and his employee, Najmaldin Mudhish Gobah, were arrested. Alshaibi told FOX 46 he doesn't sell the stuff.
“I don't sell those,” Alshaibi said.
“So you're saying you don't sell what they say they found in your store?” FOX 46’s Robin Kanady asked Alshaibi.
“I don't sell them, I can't talk honey,” he told her.
But parents are certainly talking.
“Drugs are everywhere and this just proves even though we have a good community, that they're everywhere and I'm concerned,” Muldoon said.
Parents are glad first responders are getting the word out about the dangers associated with the drugs.
“Our worst day we had five cases transported from one school,” Thompson said. “The concern is that these kids are using substances that are not labeled. It might just say 'CBD' and there's no other ingredients listed, so you really don't know what you're putting into your body, so the first time you use it may very well be the last.”
Cabarrus County Schools released the following statement to Fox 46 Charlotte.
This is a serious matter that demands our immediate attention. That is why Cabarrus County Schools is working closely with our partners at the Cabarrus Health Alliance, emergency management, healthcare professionals and law enforcement to educate students about this dangerous trend. We are sending home a letter to parents today that provides them with information about the dangers of ingesting synthetic substances and are providing our school staff — administrators, teachers, social workers, counselors, psychologists — with information as well. Our School Health website has been updated to include information and resources for parents and students about vaping as well. Our district also is working quickly to modify our drug and alcohol policy to include these dangerous substances with other prohibited items at school.