October 23, 2017 06:17 AM
Parents keep your eyes open - there is candy being sold online that looks like a dangerous addictive drug. With Halloween coming up, it could possibly end up in your child's hands.
The candy is made to look like crystal meth. The website says it tastes like cotton candy and it's supposed to be from the popular show Breaking Bad. But with kids trying drugs younger and younger, candy like this is raising red flags for parents and police.
We showed images of the candy to local parents Jen Guiles and her husband. They have two children.
"It's definitely terrifying that kids can get their hands on that and bring it to school,” Guiles said. "Anything that looks like this but is candy is very scary and very troubling.”
This blue rock candy creation is being sold in test tubes on Amazon. It's designed to look like the crystal meth from the show Breaking Bad. It comes in a small plastic bag that says evidence.
Sergeant Silvio Palermo from the Gates Police Department compares this blue rock candy to candy cigarettes. Studies show kids who eat those are more likely to try the real thing.
“As a father I wouldn't want my child to be using a candy that simulates a very highly addictive drug because ultimately that could lead to them trying the real thing,” Palermo said.
Palermo recommends parents teach their children the dangers of drugs.
“At a very young age we have to start the education process and let them know what this poison can really do, how it can consume their lives and ultimately lead to their death,” Palermo said.
With Halloween around the corner, kids are likely to get their hands on all types of candy. That's why guiles says she'll stick to what her mom taught her.
“You have to make sure you pick through their candy and look through their candy to make sure there's nothing crazy,” Guiles said. “I remember my mom even doing that as a kid.”
Another scary fact here, there are also dangerous drugs that look like candy that have been popping up all across the country. In Elmira, police found drugs that looked like Sweet Tarts earlier this year. The tablets were laced with heroin, fentanyl and Xanax.
Created: October 23, 2017 06:17 AM
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