Winnipeg Police in Canada is warning parents about the dangers of Halloween after they discovered lethal Fentanyl doses in a paper package with a witch stamp on it. In other words, criminals are targeting children with specially made lethal drugs adapted for the period via packaging.
The drug dealer’s signature, a witch on a broom, was found during a drug bust over the weekend in Fort Rouge and police believe there’s much more to them over the city.
Police inspector Mr. Rob Carver comments: "It's potentially lethal," warning that parents should call 911 right away and not touch it. "The concern of course is, for families out trick-or-treating, this wouldn't look dangerous. I have to tell you, I was shocked when I saw it."
Just touching the drugs could be potentially lethal for children should they contain fentanyl or (even worse) carfentanil.
"Anything like that is really scary to see or hear about and as parent, for sure, I'd be very concerned about that," said Mr Max Paganelli, who attended a children's Halloween event with his young daughter in Winnipeg over the weekend after he had seen the warning: "To see something like that floating around is very scary and not good at all."
Mr. Ben Fry, CEO of Addictions Foundation Manitoba claims that the new packages are indeed "quite concerning. "Fentanyl is a risk at any time," he continued, "the fact that police discovered this is really important. We know that with each case like this, it has the tremendous potential of saving lives."
Police forces in Canada have introduced to these kinds of blotters already decades ago when they came loaded with LSD, a hallucinogenic drug, in the 1970s and 1980s.
Those papers could then be eaten or placed on the tongue, even though experienced drug users also extract it in various other ways.