Authorities say sealed packages of the powerful opioid fentanyl were found hidden in candy at Los Angeles International Airport, reported KTLA. Police found 12,000 suspected fentanyl pills packaged in several bags of candy at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. Officials said they found the pills inside boxes of Sweetarts, Skittles and Whoppers.
Fentanyl is often seen in blue, greenish, or pale-colored counterfeit pills. There may be other colors. These pills may be marked as “M30” and sometimes as “K9,” “215,” and “v48.” Fentanyl may also be in white powders.
In the spookiest time of year, we need to be extra cautious with all the news of Fentanyl Pills in Packaged Candy. After all, tricks and treats can be hazardous if not handled with care. Whether you are a parent preparing your child, or a teen going out, these tips will keep everyone safe this October 31st.
What Candy to Avoid This Halloween
Fake pills laced with fentanyl are beginning to look like candy. This is also known as rainbow fentanyl, and it can come in “a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes.”
You should always avoid homemade candy since you have no way of knowing what’s in it. You can also steer clear of candy that has an unwrapped wrapper. It would be best to avoid candy that is crusted or has powder on it.
Always double, and triple-check your children's candy for suspiciously packaged or unpackaged items. Suggestions include allowing kids to only take candy only from trusted neighbors, family, and friends.
Set aside a time after Halloween to go through the collected candy by children. Before letting your kids eat their treats, make sure you know what is in their bags. Carefully, examine each candy and put aside any suspicious treats.
If you want to be extra careful, you can buy mixed bags of candy and switch their collected candy with the candy that you have purchased from the store yourself.
Trick or Treat and Other Safety Tips on Halloween
When it comes to the actual trick or treating, there are some things to keep in mind to stay safe. First, parents should always accompany their children. Even if you live in a remote area, your children should never go out alone. If you are out with a group of kids, make sure you stay together and don’t walk too far from each other. You should have a predetermined meeting place in case your children get separated from you. It’s a good idea to meet up in a public place.
It’s also helpful if everyone has a phone charger with them and has saved everyone’s number into their phones just in case.
If someone doesn’t want you in their yard, respect their wishes and move on. And remember, you can always call the police if you feel unsafe.
Set a curfew for your trick-or-treaters if they are older and they go out without parents. And talk to your children about Halloween safety before they head out. Make sure they know not to eat any candy before getting home and examining the candy first. Also remind your teen, to stay in well-lit areas, keep their cell phones on, and avoid wearing headphones.
If you have a teen who is going to a Halloween party, it is very important to remind them not to ever take any drinks from strangers (even if it is non-alcoholic).
We hope these Halloween safety tips will help you enjoy the spooky night of Halloween while keeping yourself and your loved ones safe and sound! Remember, it’s not just about trick-or-treating or dressing up as scary characters. It’s also about behaving responsibly and being mindful of your surroundings. So be careful, stay safe, and have a frightfully good time on Halloween!