ST. LOUIS (WSET) -- The Drug Enforcement Administration in St. Louis is warning law enforcement, first responders, and parents to be aware of marijuana-laced and methamphetamine-laced candy this Halloween.
They said the candy can look like traditional candy, but the effects are harmful if a child gets a hold of it.
The DEA and law enforcement agencies throughout the country have seen an increase of seizures of drug-laced edibles, including but not limited to chocolates, suckers and gummies, they said.
The DEA said when the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, is cooked into food, you don't smell the distinct odor that usually comes with it.
But, the effects caused by the ingredients are now in the food.
Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.
Last year, the DEA said it noted that marijuana-laced candies sold in packages labeled; Munchy Way, 3 Rastateers, Twixed, Keef Kat and Rasta Reese’s; had been collected during Halloween.
The agency said items are often professionally packaged and can easily be mistaken for regular candy or baked goods.
The DEA said to look out for unusual wrapping, appearance, unusual colors, odd smell, misspelled candy labels, candy or food that is unwrapped or unmarked.
If you find any candy like this, document any information regarding the candy and preserve it so that the DEA can test it.
If your child ingests drug-laced candy, seek immediate medical attention and then contact local police.