Parents Warned about Ecstasy Being Given As Halloween Candy-Mostly Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Parents have been warned to be on the lookout for the drug “ecstasy” being disguised to look like Halloween candy.
It’s not uncommon for ecstasy to look like candy, but there was no specific threat of ecstasy being disguised as Halloween candy when this rumor went viral.
The rumor started with a Facebook post that shows a picture of what it reports to be “new” brightly colored ecstasy that looks like Halloween candy. The post warns:
If your kids get these for Halloween candy, they ARE NOT CANDY!!! They are new shapes of “Ecstasy” and can kill kids through overdoses!!! So, check your kid’s candy and “When it doubt, Throw it Out!!” Be safe and always keep the shiny side up!!!
Within days, the post had been shared more than 230,000 times. The warning isn’t totally off base — parents should obviously check their children’s Halloween candy.
Still, there wasn’t a specific threat or report of ecstasy given out as Halloween candy when the Facebook post went viral.
And there have been many reports around the country of ecstasy being disguised to look like candy, so it’s not a “new” practice, as the post suggests.
Police in Texas seized 2,400 ecstasy pills that were disguised as “sweet treats” candy back in 2011.
In 2014, Oregon police reported that ecstasy is “packaged with cartoon characters on the labeling and is often shaped in pacifier form with the outline of various animals stamped in the drug when in pill form.” Oregon police also found the drug made into candy bracelets.
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