A few weeks before one of the favorite celebrations for young people takes place, there is an alert about the risk that this drug will be confused with sweets
While the authorities in Mexico and the United States seek to curb the use of fentanyl, the cartels continue to traffic shipments of this dangerous drug that is increasingly claiming the lives of more consumers.
In addition, with the introduction of the so-called rainbow fentanyl, the risk increased, since the colored pills are striking to attract children and young people, who create a strong addiction to this substance.
Even the DEA administrator, Anne Milgram, revealed that some of the drug traffickers caught for possession of rainbow fentanyl have nicknamed this type of drug as Sweet Tarts or Skittles.
Now, a few days before the Halloween celebration takes place, there is fear that this type of drug will be distributed pretending to be candy, and the president of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, spoke about it during an interview for Fox News .
“Moms across the country are worried, what if this gets into my son’s Halloween basket?” McDaniel noted, while Fox commentators suggested parents might want to protect their children by not letting them go to trick-or-treating this year.
For his part, Derek Maltz, former director of special operations for the DEA, called on parents to monitor the type of candy their children receive during Halloween.
The former official warned that large amounts of rainbow fentanyl, in the form of brightly colored pills, have been seized in 18 states in the United States.
However, colored pills are not the only format in which rainbow fentanyl is trafficked, as they are also trafficked through chalk-like powder or blocks.
Meanwhile, the Fresno, California Police Department alerted the community weeks before Halloween. The agency’s spokesman, Felipe Uribe, said that these festive times are when children and sweets are most attracted.
“We know that they are going to have contact with strangers, they are going to go to the houses, to the doors, to the entrances of the houses of people they do not know, they are going to receive gifts, sweets,” said Uribe, for which he recommended that, in case If you notice any strange candy, call the Police Department.
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