It’s a new twist on an old drug and it’s becoming increasingly more popular among teens in Arizona.
The drug is called “Butane Hash Oil” or BHO.
On the street, it goes by many names including shatter, wax, ear wax, honey oil, amber or dabbing.
Dabbing because you only need a dab.
“It’s something that you need one hit of and you’re good for quite a while,” said Shane Watson with the “Not My Kid” organization.
Watson helps educate parents on the dangers of teens and drugs. Watson speaks from the heart because he’s lived with the addiction hash oil can cause.
“I was the good student, I was the good kid, I was smart, I was strong and I was successful,” recalls Watson.
He was the kid no one guessed would do drugs, but he did. He started with alcohol and marijuana, but his curiosity leads him to hash oil and other drugs.
“I told myself tales that’s not going to happen to me, I can out-think it, I can out power it, I can outwork it,” said Watson.
But he couldn’t. Soon the drug was overpowering him.
“It was intense. I felt like I was walking through wet concrete.”
Watson lost a decade of his life to addiction. He hurt those around him and soon found he had lost everything.
“The bottom was waking up in Durango jail here in Phoenix being charged with multiple felonies. In one shot, in one evening, everything was gone,” recalls a remorseful Watson.
Now Watson and Not My Kid are seeing a rise in the popularity of hash oil among teens, some users as young as 11 years old.
Only in this latest butane form of hash, oil is much more potent.
According to Not My Kid, strong strains of marijuana contain 25 percent tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, while some butane hash oil can contain upwards of 60 percent to 90 percent THC.
For teens, it’s easier to conceal, easier to carry, but much more dangerous to make.
“It uses butane, a very dangerous and flammable solvent and there have been fires. there have been explosions,” explains Watson.