Fairport schools warning parents about the dangers of nutmeg

Posted at: 04/30/2013 6:07 PM
Updated at: 04/30/2013 6:23 PM
By: Ray Levato

News10NBC has a warning for all parents. A local school district sent out an alert to their staff about students using something found in most kitchen cabinets to get high. News10NBC is talking about nutmeg. How dangerous is it? And what kind of effects can it have?

It's all over YouTube and other websites. Normally, you put nutmeg on egg nog or maybe in a pumpkin pie. But as little as a teaspoon, which is four grams, would be enough to give someone a buzz. But many kids take it in much larger amounts and that's when trouble happens.

The problem with nutmeg is that in large amounts, it can have a toxic effect on the body. Complications range from nausea, dizziness and seizures to hallucinations and convulsions.

Staff at Martha Brown Middle School in Fairport, with the help of some concerned students, were able to intervene in one's student health and safety. The student is not being identified.

The substance abuse prevention coordinator in the Fairport School District sent out an email to alert teachers and staff. Parents say they had not heard about this. The Fairport Superintendent says the district will send a letter out to parents soon. News10NBC spoke with a doctor at Highland Family Medicine.

Dr. Matt Devine, Highland Family Medicine, said, “My major message to adolescents and parents is to be really careful. And obviously we're in a day and age of Peer pressure and all of these other things. But these, although they are in the cupboard, can be very dangerous.”

News10NBC's Ray Levato said, “Why weren't parents alerted or this put on your website instead of just teachers and staff?”

Dr. Jon Hunter, Fairport School Superintendent, said, “We're starting with teachers and staff. There's a discipline issues that's related to this and of course, due to confidentiality, that needs to be handled in a very appropriate way. And then from there, the channel of communication needs to follow through to students, and parents so they can learn about important issues.”

The Fairport e-mail has a lot more information on the poisonous effects of nutmeg. To read the letter, click here.