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Parents- What you need to know about the dangers of fentanyl in candy this Halloween

Parents need to be on alert. Just recently, the  Los Angeles DEA seized $33 million in  narcotics -nearly a two-ton haul found in Norco, California. The drugs are being scattered throughout the United states by the drug cartels, and they’re being hidden in candy wrappers . Law enforcement officials have issued a warning about a lethal poison that is packaged in pills that “look like candy” before Halloween.

In February, rainbow fentanyl started to appear on the West Coast’s streets, and it has since spread slowly throughout the nation. The pills are candy colored and disguised to look like candy. It’s time now to educate your children about the warning signs and dangers of this lethal drug. Just a tiny amount is a deadly killer.

On September 30, according to federal agents, a rental automobile at Hudson Yards in Manhattan had painkillers inside that had been linked to a Mexican drug gang. Latesha Bush, a woman from New Jersey, is accused of bringing the drugs into NYC and was apprehended in the car on West 25th Street near Tenth Avenue. These drugs were intended to be distributed on the streets from the cartels to the dealers on the streets. Two black totes, a yellow Lego box, and Bush were discovered by agents in the back seat of the car. Lego bricks and packages were found inside the toy container, according to the authorities, and they were taped together. According to the feds, the taped-up bundles included the multicolored tablets. The chemicals of the drug come from China and are made in Mexico.

Experts claim a poison that caused tens of thousands of Americans to die last year was discovered concealed in candy wrappers and could be sold to young children over social media. Drug traffickers are now offering fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin, for sale, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States. The DEA is warning parents to exercise caution in light of a recent seizure in Connecticut when 15,000 fentanyl pills were discovered concealed in Skittles and Nerds packaging. Halloween is quickly approaching.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States. In August 2022, DEA and our law enforcement partners seized brightly colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states. Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people.

“Rainbow fentanyl—fentanyl pills and powder that come in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes—is a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “The men and women of the DEA are relentlessly working to stop the trafficking of rainbow fentanyl and defeat the Mexican drug cartels that are responsible for the vast majority of the fentanyl that is being trafficked in the United States.”

To stay safe, have Halloween at home with a party with only people you know. Don’t have your children visit homes beyond your close neighbors you trust. Make your own candies, cakes, and pies so you know what is in them. It’s just too risky to have children open packaged candy where you don’t know where it is from.

Before ingesting something that might be laced with fentanyl, such as a pill, powder, nasal spray, or eye drops, consumers can utilize fentanyl test strips as one way to check for the presence of the drug.

The test strip is dipped into water after a small amount of the material has been dissolved in it to use the strips. According to the CDC, the strips can provide results as soon  as five minutes. Naloxone can be purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription, according to the CDC.

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