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Beware Drug-Laced Suckers/Lollipops
Netlore Archive:  Email flier purporting to originate from the North Little Rock Police Department warns parents that drug-laced candy in the form of suckers and lollipops pose a hazard to children and teenagers

Description:  Email flier
Circulating since:  Oct. 2004
Status:  Partly true
Analysis:  See below

Email example contributed by Gail E., 14 October 2004:

Importance: High

North Little Rock Police Department put out a warning. Someone is giving middle school & high school kids suckers that look like: Maple Leafs; Pumpkins & Santa Claus that are laced with three different TYPES OF VERY STRONG DRUGS THAT ARE HALLUCINOGENIC, and this is STRONG ENOUGH TO KILL a child or teenager.

The Police station received a tip from the Memphis, TN police. Some arrest in Memphis have been made. These suckers have turned up in Blytheville. Officials' fears that these suckers will begin to show up throughout the state.

If you have children, or know someone with children, PLEASE inform them of this possible threat to our children.

Comments:  As if parents didn't already have enough to worry about on Halloween, emailed warnings of the existence drug-laced suckers and lollipops have been circulating since September 2004.

The bad news is that law enforcement documents confirm that the drug-laced suckers are real.

Heroin lollipops

Among the dangerous items confiscated by authorities in different parts of the country within the past year are chocolate candies containing ground-up psilocybin mushrooms and lollipops containing THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) or heroin.

While the likelihood of these items falling into the hands of small children seems rather slight, some police departments are playing it safe and warning parents to be on the look-out.

The good news

The good news is that despite persistent urban myths to the contrary, actual instances of adulterated Halloween candy turning up in children's trick-or-treat bags remain quite rare.

Regarding the specific email warning above, it not only overstates the danger, falsely claiming that "someone" has been purposely handing out drug-laced suckers to children, it provides false information about its origin.

In a press release, the North Little Rock Police Department denied having issued any such warning.

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Sources and further reading:

Drugged Suckers Not Found Here
Blytheville Courier News (via Google cache), 12 October 2004

Hoax Is Still a Hoax
Blytheville Courier News (via Google cache), 17 October 2004

North Little Rock Police Mentioned in Fraudulent Email
North Little Rock Police Dept. press release, 11 October 2004

Laced suckers may blacken treaters’ bags
The Desert Sun, 23 October 2004

DEA Microgram Bulletin: Drug-Laced Candy
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, June 2004

History Proves Candy Tampering Scare Unfounded
Detroit News, 29 October 2001

Last updated: 10/26/04

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