Students reportedly drinking liquid nicotine to get high

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Liquid nicotine solutions are intended for e-cigarettes.

SPOKANE, Wash. -  A sweeping investigation at a Spokane high school could be a warning for parents in Western Washington.

The Cheney School District says students are reportedly drinking liquid nicotine solution intended for e-cigarettes by mixing it with soda or juice to get high, according to the story by KREM2 News.

The liquid nicotine goes by the street name “penguin.” Health officials say abuse of the substance is on the rise.

It releases a dopamine-high similar to what occurs in users of cocaine or heroin.

Students are paying $5 for five drops or up to $40 for an entire bottle.