Update 10/23/2015: The Facebook post mentioned in this article has been deleted.
The Jackson, MS Metro Police Department Facebook page sent out a scary warning to parents this week. The department warns that children may be receiving trick or treat ecstasy instead of candy this Halloween. As you can see in the picture, the pills are manufactured in shapes and colors that could appeal to children.
The post has been shared more than 10,000 times, but some people were quick to comment that the warning is s hoax. According to Snopes.com, the trick or treat warning is partly legit. The website confirms that some ecstasy pills are brightly colored and look like candy. The rest of the warning doesn’t appear to hold water. We’ve heard the “drugs in Halloween candy” warning over the years, but you would have to look very long and hard to find an actual case.
Let’s be honest: drugs are not cheap, so most drug dealers are probably against shelling out their profit to toddlers in costumes. One would also imagine that drug dealers prefer to stay under the radar, so giving drugs to children seems contrary to that goal. Of course, there are lunatics in the world, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Parents should always check their children’s Halloween loot, but let’s take a step back and chill out on the idea that people will be handing out pills instead of candy this year.