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By Chris May

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Parents beware!

Your teenager’s next high may not come from a drug purchased on the street, but from one picked in the backyard.

They’re beautiful and delicate looking flowers that also happen to be deadly. In a growing and disturbing trend, young adults are using these flowers to get a high and hallucinate.

Part of the Datura plant family, they grow everywhere, flourishing in parks, yards and next to schools.

“I heard about it from a friend; it was growing in his mom’s garden,” said a young man who didn’t want to be identified.

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He knows how easy the flowering plant is to find and use.

“It was just really, really intense — seeing people that weren’t there, talking to people that weren’t there,” he explained.

It turned out to be worse than he ever imagined. His reaction went beyond the expected hallucinogenic high.

“It was horrible, and it lasted two days. The after-effects were terrible,” he said. “We got blurry vision; we actually thought we were going blind.”

User after user tells the same horrible tale.

“My trip lasted over 30 hours. You really can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s a dream,” said a female user who also did not want to be identified.

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