In his weekly video address President Obama announced a war on digital drugs.
Digital drugs, called “i-dosing,” involves listening to music - mainly a droning noise - which the sites promoting it claim will get the listener high.
“I have directed the DEA to use all necessary means to rid the nation of this new drug epidemic,” said Mr Obama. “They will be authorized to confiscate any electronic drug paraphernalia, raid houses of its users and block access to websites advocated this drug.
“This will accompany a $200 million program to educate our nations youth of this danger. The DARE program already in many of this nation’s schools will begin to advise on the danger of i-dosing. Teachers will take courses designed to teach them to detect the symptoms and signs of digital drug use.”
Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Ca) has introduced legislation calling for a nationwide ban of ipods and cell phones from public schools.
“We have an obligation to protect our children from every danger,” Mr. McNerney said in a press release. “Especially against the dangers of the internet.
“By preventing drug use in schools, I believe that we can turn the tide in the battle against this new craze sweeping the nation.”
Cell phone and ipod bans have already been implemented in certain schools across the country.