Bath salts as Halloween candy? Local police not sounding alarm

By: Ryan DiPentima, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer , KIRO 7 News Staff

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FORT MYERS, Fla - Authorities in Florida are warning of synthetic drugs that may look like Halloween candy - Though there is no evidence the drugs have appeared locally.

A Mason jar and packages filled with the synthetic drug bath salts was so difficult to distinguish from candy that Franklin County deputies had to take the drugs to a lab for testing, according to WBBH.

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The drugs are described as being similar to rock candy with crystals. The drugs are dangerous, and potentially fatal.

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Authorities warn that guardians should throw away any loose, non-pre-packaged candy that children receive.

"When in doubt, throw it out," Gary Levine of the Lee County Sheriff's Office told WBBH.

One arrest was made in connection with the jar and packages of drugs found.

Halloween Safety in Seattle

 

KIRO 7 reached out to the King County Sheriff's Office and Seattle police and asked: Have there been reports of kids locally hurt by Halloween Candy? 

“Not at all,” Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindi West said in 2016. “The most common thing we see are robberies – where bags of candy are stolen by older kids. What they don’t realize is that can be a robbery.”

West checked last year to see if there were reports of people being hurt by candy, and didn’t find even reports of cases in the last few years.

Neither could Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.

“We haven’t had any reports,” he said last year. “(In 2015) there was talk about edible marijuana – that people would be giving it out. But we haven’t been reports of that either.”

He said there have not been any reports in Seattle of people getting injured from Halloween candy at least in the last 10 years. Contacted Tuesday, Seattle police were not aware of any recent cases.

The Seattle Police Department reminds parents to "Instruct your children not to eat any candy until they bring it home and you examine it thoroughly. Inspect commercially wrapped candy for tampering (unusual appearance, discoloration, tiny pinholes or tears in wrappers). Discard anything suspicious. Throw out homemade treats."

Click here to read more Halloween safety tips from the Seattle Police Department.

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