Spring break: Parents hearing about drugs on FMB

Posted at 8:12 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 16:58:10-04

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- A local drug treatment center is hearing from concerned parents all over the country, asking questions about ecstasy use on Fort Myers Beach during spring break.

Fort Myers Beach is a major spring break destination known for a wild and crazy good time.

"I was a final contestant and I almost won the booty shaking contest, so things have been getting a little crazy," 21-year-old Kristin Heggen from Indiana said.

"Everyone's just partying. There's boats, there's booze, there's chairs, there's sun, that's all I'm saying," 21-year-old Kaylee Fandre of Minnesota said.

But the phones have been ringing at White Sands Treatment Center.

"Parents are asking about elevated use with drugs during spring break from all over the country. Leaving random messages on the machine, knowing that their children are here in Fort Myers Beach during spring break," Brandon Short of the treatment center said.

From Ohio, all the way to Canada, parents are asking about ecstasy, a euphoric designer drug.

"An increase has been noted nationwide, about 75% during the spring break time," Short said. "Mix alcohol, hot, sunny day on the beach, ecstasy... it's a recipe for disaster."

"I haven't seen anything, but honestly, I could be oblivious to everything," 21-year-old Allie King of Indiana said.

"No one has ever offered me drugs," Heggen said.

"I heard there was some roofies. This girl got her drink drugged with roofies two days ago," Nadia Turner said.

So Short has a message for spring breakers looking for a good time with ecstasy:

"You never know what you're going to get. You never know what is going to be mixed with the compound, or how many times, in the street they call it 'stepped on,'" Short said.