If you are afraid that your children might pick up the habit of drug and alcohol abuse
, you might find some hope in this bit of news.
Locals of Hancock County recently announced in a news article
that they have come up with a concrete solution to discourage teenagers from using illegal drugs: "marijuana goggles". The pair of spectacles gives a first-person simulation of the view of someone who uses marijuana
, even if the wearer does not smoke it.
A handful of teenagers, who were members of the Hancock County Youth Council, tried the goggles on themselves and were surprised with the results. In a clear show of the device's capability, the teenagers were able to finish a simple maze within 12 seconds but took them four times the amount of time when they wore the goggles. They also tried a driving simulation, which they found difficult to do, considering that marijuana users
have a hard time discerning the color red -- which is the color of the stop sign in a traffic light.
The device was brought into the county by Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse (NASA) member Tim Retherford, who let the youth council try the goggles. "Anytime you can do an activity — something that’s interactive with them, or something that provides education, that’s great. These actually simulate the loss of some of your cognitive functions
," Retherford said.
Blair Viehweg, a senior who lives in Mount Vernon, said that the wearing the goggles provokes the thoughts of the teenagers who wear the device. "I think it impacts them a lot because they can see how real it is," Viehweg added.