CASTLE ROCK – Police officers and deputies involved in DCSD’s Youth Education and Safety in School (YESS) program are encouraging parents to be vigilant regarding which sweet treats their kids are eating this Halloween season.
Due to the legalization of marijuana, there is a concern that edible marijuana candies may end up in student’s trick-or-treat bags.
YESS Instructor and Douglas County Sheriff’s Officer Deputy Jay Martin says the treats, in many cases, look just like normal candy. He encourages parents to take the following extra precautions.
1. Unwrapped treats a child should not eat!
A person cannot tell the difference just by looking at the sweets. The best practice should be ‘if the candy is not in a closed or sealed wrapper, then discard it into the trash compactor!’ If you suspect the candy is laced with THC you can contact the Sheriff’s Office or local Police Department.
Marijuana Gummy Bears Candy Gummy Bears
2. A friend who wants to share, it is probably best to beware!
We have had incidents in Douglas County with friends sharing candy laced with THC. So, ask your child not to take candy from anyone no matter how well they know them or how much they may ‘love’ that particular treat.
3. A sweets trick is the label may look real. So read carefully…do we have a deal?
Some marijuana candy wrappers look almost identical to the actual candy labels of those from the stores. So, please take an extra minute to read all the labels carefully before allowing your child to rip open the package and indulge in the sweet.
Marijuana-laced candy bars Regular candy bars
THC, the main mind-altering ingredient found in the Cannabis plant, can induce hallucinations, change thinking, cause delusions as well as other potential issues. In the 1980s THC levels were only about 7 percent, however with the edible marijuana products of today the THC levels can be as high as 95 percent. Another issue with these edibles is after eating them it can take up to one or two hours before the THC takes effect. Finally, it is still not completely known how marijuana edibles react with certain prescription medications. If your child is on medications and ingests marijuana edibles further complications could be the end result.
More resources about candy safety are available at:
Centers for Disease Control
How to Check Candy
Youtube: How to Check Your Kid’s Halloween Candy
Candy Check 101
About the YESS Program
The program consists of a strong partnership with the Douglas County School District to include: deputies teaching in the middle school health classes, teaching in elementary schools when time allows, our high school Text-A-Tip program, Suicide Intervention/Prevention, and participation in several Douglas County community coalitions such as: Parenting Coalition, Douglas Arapahoe Suicide Prevention Alliance. Learn more at http://www.dcsheriff.net/yess/
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