Doctors warn about ‘beezin’ trend among teens

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Doctors are warning parents about the latest thing teenagers are using to get high, but what it is might surprise you.

According to KOKH-TV, teens are putting Burt’s Bees lip balm on their eye lids. Doing so produces the effect of “beezin,” a feeling similar to being high or drunk.

“The peppermint oil in the lip balm is a very strong irritant and can cause inflammation in the eye, redness of the eye, swelling,” Dr. Brett Cauthen tells KOKH.lipbalm

Beezin has even popped up on YouTube showing teens reacting to placing the lip balm on their eye lids.

Even though Burt’s Bees is made up of all natural ingredients, Cauthen says that using the product outside of its intended use is risky.

For much more on this story, check out KOKH-TV’s coverage here.

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  • Mark

    This is shoddy reporting, at it’s best. Your statement “a feeling similar to being high or drunk” is misleading and flat out incorrect. They are doing it because it has a tingly and cooling effect, the same effect that is felt when you put it on your lips. The sensation felt while beezin’ would be intensified while the user is high or drunk because that’s what getting high does. It’s like someone using vapor-rub while rolling on ecstasy or molly. You should be reporting on something useful like the skyrocketing use of heroin due to massive over prescription of opiate based medication, instead trying to drum up hits and attention by sensationalizing an inane and inert practice. This article serves no one and misdirects people’s attention from real and pressing dangers like opiate and amphetamine abuse. Do better work; be a better reporter.

    • Eve

      Any parent to a teenage child would find this reporting relevant and useful. How can you teach about dangers big or small if you are oblivious to the trends.. I would much rather read this story to teach my child than to read stories down the line of teenagers who damaged their sight from this. Heroine is a problem we are all very aware of and this is good reporting if I learned something new from it.