Drug Candy Warning for parents in South Florida – new information has surfaced about candy being laced with drugs and sold to your kids. Both the United States Attorney’s Office in Tampa. And the Miami-Dade Police Department. They are working with The Poison Control Center to issue an alert to the public about two cases under investigation where drug-laced candy was found in Florida communities.
Two Cases of Drug Candy
In Bradenton, 53-year-old Jesus Casteyano (also known as Jesus Castellano). Was taken into custody over the intent to sell at least 500 grams of candy laced with drugs. What was more startling is that the drugged candy was actually found in retail packaging. Which looked identical to the sort of brightly packaged candy you would see on the shelves in grocery or convenience stores.
However, the drug candy that Casteyano had intended to sell was laced with methamphetamine. “This is the first time I’ve heard of it,” explained Dr. Alfred Aleguas, who works for the Poison Information Center in Tampa as the managing director.
In Miami officials found two full bags of a gummy-like substance. After testing, they discovered the candy contained the synthetic drug ethylone, which is chemically similar to the newly popular street drug, flakka. Flakka recently gained media attention for its dangerous effects where individuals suffer hallucinations. Aslo rage, increased body temperature, and even kidney damage.
Drug Candy Trends
The fact that two cases were recently reported in Florida shows that drug-laced candy may be more of a trend than previously thought. Spreading awareness among parents may help to minimize the spread of these hidden drugs before. And children end up accidentally ingesting these lethal substances.
Also, with drugs infused candy appearing so similar to actual candy. Also, legislators have discussed the possibility of implementing a bill titled, “Protecting Kids from Candy Flavored Drugs Act of 2015”. This new law would modify the Controlled Substances Act and create harsher punishment for drug manufacturers.
Also, the best way to prevent accidental overdoses or poisoning is to only eat candy that you are familiar with and was given to you by someone you trust.
Are you worried your child may be using drugs?
In conclusion contact The Watershed today and speak with a substance abuse specialist. And find out how you can help your child from addiction.Tags: drug candy, flakka, Florida, meth, methamphetamine, miami, Synthetic Drugs, tampa