Halloween safety: a warning on “rainbow” fentanyl

Audrey Rodriguez

Parents and teens need to be on the lookout this holiday season. There has been a new drug introduced and it can be deadly to the kids who are going trick or treating this Halloween.
“Rainbow fentanyl: – fentanyl pills and powder that come in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes – is a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram in an August announcement. Two Mexican drug cartels are responsible for the majority of fentanyl in the U.S., according to federal officials: the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. The Department of Justice considers the Jalisco cartel to be “one of the five most dangerous transnational criminal organizations in the world.” Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Just two milligrams of fentanyl, which is equal to 10-15 grains of table salt, is considered a lethal dose.

For as long as anyone can remember, Halloween has always been a holiday that parents and children have needed to be cautious about. The word of drugs or sharp objects being in candy that children get from trick-orĀ­-treating always gets attention around this time of the year.

Now that rainbow fentanyl is becoming a threat to the people who trick or treat, it is best to be aware of the candy you’re getting from people. Some things parents can do to prevent things from happening is getting a meal before going out to trick or treat so that children don’t snack on the candy they get before checking if it’s safe, watching out for unwrapped or broken packaging, looking for unusual discoloration, and examining for tiny pinholes in the candy.