The DEA advises vigilance during Halloween season


Have you ever wanted to binge into a Smarties wrapper after a long night of trick or treating? Welp, kiss those plans goodnight. The Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, has issued a warning with candy being disguised as deadly pills.

Fentanyl has been a war long fought by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, now warning this year to be alert of common brand candies such as Smarties, PEZ candy, or Sweet Tarts being laced or formed to resemble Fentanyl pills. Only two milligrams of fentanyl can be considered lethal to any human, according to a fact sheet issued by the DEA. The DEA has also confirmed with photo evidence on their official website that Fentanyl can also be disguised as sidewalk chalk for younger children.These newly called “rainbow pills” are falsely advertised pills which can be used to maliciously trick younger adults into buying Xanax, Percocet, or sleeping pills.

How can you spot signs of Fentanyl in your child or sibling’s Halloween candy? Spotting Fentanyl can be a tricky and tough task, but a rule-of-thumb everyone should follow is if you spot unsealed candy or candy in transparent baggies, there is a chance that it could be Fentanyl. However, one of the easiest ways to spot fentanyl is powder-like substances inside. If these baggies are given to your children, even if you’re not 100% sure it’s Fentanyl, do not hesitate to contact local authorities immediately.The best thing to do in these types of situations is to be informed about how deadly Fentanyl can be. Encourage your loved ones to not trust anyone who sells these pills or hands out unsealed candy. The best way to combat Fentanyl is to be aware and alert of the current dangers that this opioid can bring. Another way we can prevent these pills from being distributed, is to report any suspicious activity from different locations that have been confirmed to be valid distributors of Fentanyl. Awareness plays a big part in this too, Just don’t buy anything shady from the streets or from people you don’t trust.

The DEA has confirmed these items made it into the possession of young adults and in some cases, teenagers. Recently, the Jacksonville sheriff’s office narcotics unit has seized enough Fentanyl to wipe out 1.5million adults. Even HSI, the Health and Safety Institute has seized 2,400 pounds of Fentanyl across the nation. Even the Department of Justice has seized over 10 million counterfeit pills from throughout may to September. Even Flagler County, just 70 miles away from Jacksonville, arrested 52 year old Adrian Rivers who allegedly had enough Fentanyl to kill over 100,000 people. Fentanyl has been a long battle that we won’t be seeing get solved overnight. We cannot be relieved from this crisis until we are all aware of the dangers of these counterfeit pills