Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  The eye-catching package has a cartoon brownie in a relaxed pose.

But despite the kid-friendly mascot, the wrapper says “For adults only, not suitable for children” right across the top.

Now the director of the Missouri Poison Center is warning parents that they need to be aware of this new snack food being sold at local convenience stores and gas stations.

In addition to heading up the Poison Center, Dr. Anthony Scalzo is also on staff at Cardinal Glennon’s Medical Center and St. Louis University.

He says while it may look like a regular brownie, this product contains the sleeping aid melatonin and has a suggested serving size of just one ounce, half the size of a single brownie.

Dr. Scalzo says he’s already aware of at least two local kids overdosing on “Lazy Cakes”.

“Specifically a five-year-old and an 18-month-old,” he tells KMOX News.  “They had eaten a Lazy Cake brownie, and both of them experienced drowsiness, lethargy.”

The drowsiness in general isn’t serious, Dr. Scalzo explains, but when combined with riding a bike or climbing a tree could prove dangerous to kids.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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