By John Horton, Multimedia Specialist
Imagine this: It’s cold outside; the weather has been dry for a while. Maybe your lips feel dry, starting to peel, even close to cracking. All the sudden, OUCH! It does crack while you are talking to someone on the phone or in person. What’s the first thing you reach for when it gets to that point? Most of us use lip balm to keep our lips nice and smooth during dry seasons, but now, some teenage kids out there seem to be using one particular brand for something else. They’re taking Burt’s Bees and rubbing it on a very sensitive area of their body: the eyelids. People who have participated in this activity call it “Beezin’” saying that it adds to the experience of being drunk or high.
What or how exactly does it add to the experience you ask? Let me try to answer it the best way I can understand it without actually trying it myself: when applied to the eyelids, the lip balm peppermint oil gives a cooling sensation and releases therapeutic fumes that is supposed to give the user a tingling, stinging sensation, and if the person is already under the influence of another intoxicant, such as alcohol, or drugs, the lip balm serves to enhance the high already being experienced from the other stimulants. This sensation might be derived from you either being too high, too drunk, or both to know that you are experiencing pain. Some might even go as far as saying that the pain is cancelling out the “high” feeling to a certain point.
Beside the fact that it’s just plain odd to put lip balm over your eyelid, what else could possibly be wrong with that? Well obviously if you were to look at the label, you would notice that it says Burt’s Bees lip balm is made of beeswax, vitamin E, and peppermint oil. If you were to do a little more research, you would find out that peppermint oil is, in fact, a very strong irritant and can cause inflammation in the eye, redness of the eye, or cause an allergic reaction. On top of all that, doctors say it could cause pink eye or other worse eye problems. For example, cold sores are caused by the herpes virus. Let’s just say that you used the lip balm on the cold sore and the your friend borrows the lip balm and puts it on their eyelid, the herpes virus (cold sore) could be transmitted from the lip balm to your friend’s eye, and they could go blind.
Some users believe that beezin’ is harmless because of the product is all-natural but while it claims to be 100 percent natural, using it for purposes other than its intended purpose could lead to serious medical conditions. Doctors warn that being all natural does not mean your health is not at risk. However, kids are apparently into beezin’ for the natural high it provides the “experience of being drunk or high.” Others have claimed that beezin’ during school helps them to stay alert during class.
I admit, being a teen has always involved various risky behaviors, but this newly popular trend has health officials totally dumbfounded. These days, kids are exposed to so many different trends online via social media, watching youtube, and reading about them in forums. Some begin experimenting without fully thinking of or knowing all the potential risks. This beezin’ trend appears to be in line with the use of drugs and alcohol abuse. That’s why we encourage parents to observe any sudden changes in their child’s behavior such as mood swings, increased sleeping, and possibly possessions in the case of money coming up missing.
While beezin’ isn’t illegal, experts say illicit drug use among U.S. teens remains high, due in large part to the increasing popularity of marijuana as of late. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2012, 36 percent of U.S. 12th-graders had used marijuana at least once. While that was going on, the risk of smoking marijuana among 12th-graders has been in a decline, possibly from the recent legalization for the drug in the states of Colorado and Washington.
If there’s one thing for sure that you can count on when it comes to kids, it’s their creativity. Always looking for new ways and experimenting with new things. Although I do say that parents have more of a reason to be scared of this activity than their kids sneaking in after curfew, the outbreak of this activity has warranted a representative for the manufacturer of Burt’s Bees lip balm to come forward to release a statement recently in the New York Daily: “There are lots of natural things that probably shouldn’t go in eyes – dirt, twigs, leaves, food – and our lip balm. Burt’s Bees tests all of its products, including the Beeswax Lip Balm, to ensure they are safe for their intended use. We recommend that people use our products as directed and we will make every effort to ensure that the intended use of our lip balm is clearly communicated.”
If you have heard or noticed that your child has been involved with beezin, that may be reason enough to have them tested for drugs or alcohol. Granted, not every child who does this activity may be abusing drugs and alcohol, but should you notice some changes in their behavior or personality, you may need to test. Visit our website at http://www.orderdrugtests.com to find out more about testing devices, you can call and speak to our friendly knowledgeable sales consultants at (888) 404-0020 weekdays 8am to 4pm CDT or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.