There's Drugs in Them Thar Toys!
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Bindeez, which won 2007 Toy of the Year at the Melbourne Toy and Hobby Festival, has been withdrawn from the market, because the toy's beads contain significant levels of GHB:
The beads should contain a non-toxic glue but instead they contains a different chemical which the body metabolises into gamma-hydroxy butyrate (GHB), also known as fantasy or Grievous Bodily Harm.
Ms Burney said an investigation into the toy, which is manufactured in Hong Kong, also would look at whether the substitution was deliberate.
Two children in NSW, a two-year-old boy and a ten-year-old girl, have been admitted to hospital in the past ten days after eating the beads.