For the Umpteenth Time, No One Wants To Give Your Kid Rainbow Fentanyl
This week, thousands of fentanyl pills were discovered by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at Los Angeles International Airport. What should have been a routine drug bust has ended up fueling continued fears about drug-laced Halloween candy. Why? The pills were smuggled in candy boxes.
Despite a complete lack of evidence that unscrupulous drug dealers are trying to get kids hooked on opioids this Halloween, drug enforcement officials have continually warned parents to be on the lookout for fentanyl pills in their kids’ Halloween candy stash. These warnings aren’t just baseless—they perpetuate long-debunked myths and spread unnecessary panic among gullible parents.
The TSA agents discovered around 12,000 fentanyl pills in a passenger’s carry-on bag. Photos later published on the TSA’s Instagram account show the pills were smuggled in boxes and packaging of well-known candy brands, like Whoppers, Skittles, and SweeTarts. Law enforcement officials quickly seized this detail as a reason to warn parents to be on the lookout for fentanyl pills in their children’s Halloween candy hauls.
“With Halloween approaching, parents need to make sure they are checking their kids [sic] candy and not allowing them to eat anything until it has been inspected by them,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department wrote in a statement released Wednesday. “If you find anything in candy boxes that you believe might be narcotics, do not touch it and immediately notify your local law enforcement agency.”
This isn’t the first time this fall that law enforcement officials have warned that drug dealers might try to pass out fentanyl pills on Halloween. Over the past several months, officials began seizing brightly colored fentanyl pills, dubbed “rainbow fentanyl.” Unfounded speculation that brightly colored pills are meant to attract younger users has morphed into fears that drug dealers will attempt to give the pills away—for free, no less—to children during Halloween trick-or-treating.
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