10/12/2012 10:38 EDT | Updated 10/07/2013 08:33 EDT

Incense Smoking In Fort St. John Lands Youths In Hospital

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Several northeastern B.C. youths found themselves in hospital after trying a new way to get high.

Fort St. John RCMP say the youths tried smoking incense in the misguided belief that it could offer the same intoxicating effect as marijuana or other drugs.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says some synthetic intoxicating drugs are marketed as "herbal incense" or synthetic marijuana, and the group believed their incense was similar, even though the label said it was not for human consumption.

She says several of the young people became very ill and some had to be sent to hospital, although all are expected to recover.

Shelkie says the incident offers parents a chance to discuss drug use with their children and to emphasize the danger of smoking anything claiming to offer a drug-like high.

She could not confirm where the incense was purchased. (MooseFM)

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