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Trick or treat drugs warning

A warning about the risk of drugs in Halloween treats was issued today by the Government.

A spokeswoman for the Department of National Drug Control said parents should be wary of unwrapped sweets which may have had marijuana added.

She added: “Marijuana edibles are food-like products that can contain concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol, the intoxicating chemical in marijuana.

“The effects of edibles can take up to two hours to be felt and can remain intense for two hours or longer, depending on the individual and the amount consumed. If ingested in high quantities, some of the symptoms are extreme confusion, anxiety, panic or paranoia.”

The spokeswoman said unsealed gummy bears, homemade chocolate bars, lollipops, caramel chews and other gummy candies should be treated with suspicion by parents and guardians.

She added: “ Additionally, homemade baked goods such as brownies and cookies, and normal commercialised candy that has been repackaged in plastic bags should be consumed with caution.

“The Department for National Drug Control takes its role in public education seriously and encourages the public to be aware of the dangers so that we have a harm free Halloween.”

For more information, contact the Prevention Unit at the Department for National Drug Control at 294-9710 or e-mail smwilson@gov.bm.

Sweet danger: A warning over the risk of marijuana in unwrapped Halloween treats has been issued. (File photograph)

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Published October 25, 2018 at 12:41 pm (Updated October 25, 2018 at 12:42 pm)

Trick or treat drugs warning

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