Drugs Dealers Getting Bold To Attract New "Customers"
LABELLE, FL. -- Candy-flavored meth, marijuana gumballs and other threats could endanger elementary, and middle schools warn law enforcement officials. Attorney General Bill McColluum and the Florida Association of School Resource Officers this week issued a consumer advisory warning parents, teachers and school administrators of an alarming trend with dangerous implications for Florida school children.
Federal and state law enforcement agencies are reporting that flavored drugs, particularly methamphetamines, heroin and marijuana, are circulating throughout the United States, often enticing younger children. These drugs could be ingested by unsuspecting children and are extremely harmful, say authorities.
The flavoring reduces the bitter taste of the drug and does not affect the potency of the drug. Children may mistake the drug for candy pop rocks.
Additional reports of gumballs filled with marijuana and narcotics packaged or disguised as candy or other more enticing objects have raised concern from Florida law enforcement and should be considered serious threats by parents, teachers and school administrators.
Children should be advised not to accept any candy which may resemble one of these new drug forms and should turn over any in their possession to their teacher, principal, or school resource officer.
Parents should encourage their children to avoid any participation in distributing or using the drugs, no matter how harmless they may seem, and report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities or a trusted adult.