Public Safety Message – Halloween Candy Warning

Halloween Candy Warning

Halloween is almost here and Sheriff David L. Dauzat is urging parents to pay close attention to their child’s candy, especially during Halloween.  The brightly colored pills containing fentanyl may look like sweet tarts, skittles, bubble gum, or other candy, but it can be deadly.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has become aware of the alarming trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States.

In August 2022, the DEA seized brightly colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states.  A recent DEA seizure in Connecticut found the drugs stashed in Skittles and Nerds packaging.  DEA officials believe the 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.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat said, “Out of an abundance of caution, we have to take this threat seriously.  Please inspect the packaging and encourage your kids to be careful about the candy they take home.  Be cautious if you didn’t buy it yourself and bring it home to your kids.”

If your child is unexplainably losing consciousness or you believe your child has consumed candy containing fentanyl, we urge you to call 911 immediately.  Be aware.  Be safe.  Be smart.  Together we can do our best to keep our children safe.

See photos below.

Candy Pic from DEA

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