October 29, 2018
When Halloween hits, families want to enjoy carefree, spooky fun galore, but it doesn't hurt to be aware of potential dangers kids might encounter while celebrating the social holiday. That's why a police department in Georgia has taken to Facebook to warn parents about drugs that look suspiciously like sweet and sour candy.
The Dublin Police Department in Georgia posted photos of the drugs on social media, stating that they've seen them crop up in their community and that they're "stamped and resembled to look like specific candies."
"Please look through your child(rens) candies during this holiday season," the department advised. "Any suspicions, please call our office or 911 to report. If shared with other counties, please contact your local police department or Sheriffs Department."
Commenters on the post pointed out that the pills may actually be MDMA or ecstasy, not methamphetamines, but either way, the warning comes on the heels of another incident reported in late September, also out of Georgia.
A suburban Atlanta police department confiscated drugs disguised as candy after a hit-and-run accident, according to investigators. They found cocaine and cannabis lollipops and pills in the shape of Hello Kitty, Homer Simpson, and the Minions from Despicable Me that a kid might mistake for sweet and sour candy, Hapeville Police Department officials noted.
The discovery of these items is no doubt concerning. But law enforcement says it should simply serve as a reminder to parents, teachers, and coaches to have an open dialogue with kids about the dangers of drugs and also to check Halloween candy prior to consumption.