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Halloween warning about drugs that look like candy

2023-10-31T12:53:34+00:00
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  • Halloween warning about drugs that look like candy.
  • Parents should check their children’s Halloween candy.
  • Keep an eye out for colorful pills.

In an effort to keep children safe this Halloween, Arizona authorities are issuing a warning to parents.

The Attorney General’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have highlighted concerns that illicit substances are being manufactured to look like candy.

These brightly colored pills can attract children.

So-called ‘rainbow fentanyl’ is an alarming example.

Rainbow fentanyl looks like candy

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Halloween warning about drugs: Rainbow fentanyl looks like candy but it contains 2 milligrams of the drug, enough to cause an overdose.

This concern has led authorities to take preventative measures and advise parents to be alert.

It is important for parents to check all of the candy that children collect on Halloween night.

Authorities will be monitoring the threat of potentially dangerous candy and the precautions parents should take.

Parents are concerned

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«Right now we think everything is fine for the children to collect their candy, but we have to take care of them,» Ana Villegas, a resident of Mesa, said in an interview.

“Make sure you check the candy wrapper and make sure it’s not open or has holes in it,” said Brandi Myers, Mesa police spokeswoman.

The idea of ​​dangerous candy on Halloween is an ongoing concern that arises each year.

The Attorney General’s Office and the DEA have taken action on the growing threat of illicit substances in candy.

Arizona authorities seized at least 4 million pills earlier this year

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To address this threat, the authorities have taken concrete measures and have communicated them to parents.

Earlier this year, an operation was carried out in Arizona that culminated in the seizure of at least 4 million synthetic pills.

Also found were 130 kilos of cocaine and 3,100 pounds of methamphetamine. This shows the magnitude of the problem.

In addition, police emphasize the need to be alert for children who are trick-or-treating on October 31.

Police response

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According to Univision, Mesa Police are taking extra steps to protect the community on Halloween.

On Friday, October 27, from 6 to 8 pm, candy will be handed out on Grove and Westwood streets in Mesa, Arizona.

This will not only provide a safe environment for children, but will also allow authorities to monitor the candy being distributed.

Additionally, on Monday, October 30, there will be a Halloween celebration at Desert Ridge High School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Check your children’s candy

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Child safety is a priority on Halloween, and parents play a critical role in ensuring their children enjoy the holiday safely.

In addition to taking advantage of police-supervised trick-or-treating events, parents should take additional steps.

Before children eat any sweets collected during Halloween, parents should carefully check each piece of candy.

They should look for signs of unusual handling or anything suspicious.

Explain the dangers to children

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It is important to talk to children about Halloween safety.

The threat of potentially dangerous candy on Halloween is a real worry for parents.

Arizona authorities are taking steps to protect the community.

It is essential that parents also become actively involved in ensuring the safety of their children.

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