Drugs are bad mmmkay!

Cocainemarijuanatobaccoalcohol -- the usual drugs and their dangers are familiar to most children and parents alike.  Is sound an equally dangerous "gateway drug"?

As preposterous as that idea sounds, it's precisely what the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics claims.  They are warning parents of a dangerous new drug -- binaural sound.

Binaural sound, first discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, indeed has a profound impact on brain waves.  However, in the past this impact has shown to be generally positive, with side effects such as reduced anxiety and pain relief.

Oklahoma officials are convinced, though, that it's just the latest way for kids to get high.  They call it "i-dosing" and claim that "digital dealers" are selling children the aural equivalent of crack in their eyes.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs spokesman Mark Woodward comments, "Kids are going to flock to these sites just to see what it is about and it can lead them to other places."

Woodward claims that binaural sounds are similar to getting high on marijuana, cocaine, opium, and peyote.  He also claims that children are buying a 40-page instruction manual that instructs them on how to locate and get high off the droning tracks.  He also claims that the "digital drugs" will take children down a dark path of self destruction and harder drugs.

Oklahoma Mustang Public School district is already looking to kick off the cyberwar on cyberdrugs.  It has sent parents a warning letter and banned iPods in school lest the children start getting high in the hallways.  It is also keeping a wary eye on cell phone use at school.

Are government officials in Oklahoma smoking the whacky pipe?  Or will future presidents be forced to claim in embarrassment that they put on the headphones, but didn't listen?

We're not condoning drug use or anything, but here's some binaural tracks to check out for yourself: "Gates of Hades", "Pearl Jam - Nothing As It Seems", "Pearl Jam - Of The Girl".


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