A Word to the Wise: 15,000 Candy-Colored Fentanyl Pills Seized In Manhattan

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The scourge that we’ve all heard about in the news has hit home. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports:

One person was arrested and approximately 15,000 fentanyl pills were seized as part of an ongoing investigation into a fentanyl trafficking organization. The fentanyl pills, in various colors, were destined for distribution throughout New York City and had been concealed in a LEGO box to deter law enforcement attention. The fentanyl pills were also imprinted with “M” and “30” to resemble “30 M”, Oxycodone Hydrochloride 30 mg pills.

It goes without saying that parents this year should emphasize to their children the importance of waiting until they return home to open, much less eating, the candy they receive. It is equally incumbent on parents to educate themselves and their children on the ploys used by perpetrators of this insidious and deadly practice. These include packaging rainbow-hued pills in boxes from known lookalike candies such as Skittles and Nerds.