Jul 21, 2010 6:36 PM by David Ortiviz

Police, parents worry about kids using digital drugs

A new internet craze could be leading your children down a dangerous path. It's called i-dosing. Kids are downloading music files, that claim to make them feel like they're high. Anyone can download these audio files to their iPod or MP3 player. The makers say it's a safe and legal way for kids to get high, however police say parents should be concerned.

These digital downloads claim to alter your brain waves the same way "drugs" affect the body. I-dosing uses audio tones and rhythms to alter moods. Each audio clip is named after a different drug: marijuana, cocaine, opium, peyote.

It's easy to find videos of kids experimenting with i-dosing on YouTube and it's happening here in Southern Colorado. Christopher Perkins a 19-year old in Pueblo says he's tried it several times. "You listen to it, and you just kind of get into it, and let it take your body away, it's really cool stuff," said Perkins.

I-dosers lay down in a dark room, or they're blindfolded. They listen to the sounds for about half an hour. Some people argue that it's a placebo affect--that afterwards, kids act high, because they believe it's making them high.

Regardless parents we talked with were stunned this is happening. "I think it would be awful," said Shannon Snow, a mother.

"I'm old school, so I wouldn't think that's very good," said Carol Turner, a mother.

"Our concern is probably the same concern as most parents," said Deputy Chief John Ercul, with the Pueblo Police Department. Ercul says police are concerned i-dosing, although legal, may entice kids to try illegal drugs. "The glorification of these types of drugs could encourage experimentation, and that's why it's important parents talk to their children," said Ercul.

At least one teen agrees, i-dosing is a bad temptation for young people. "I think it could just because they'd get curious to what the actual drugs would feel like," said Jesus Pacheco, a 16-year old.

According to a study done at the Barrow Neurological Institute, there's no real evidence music can stimulate the brain the same way as drugs; however, it did prove that i-dosing can alter a person's mood.


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