Parents are asked to inform children about Halloween goodies in disguise amid the fentanyl crisis: They believe it to be candy.


Kids throughout the nation will soon be packing bags with candy as they trick-or-treat through their neighborhoods since Halloween is just under four weeks away.

Over 250,000 “rainbow fentanyl” pills have also been found since July at the Port of Nogales in Arizona alone. The Drug Enforcement Administration thinks that drug cartels are targeting children and teenagers by making “rainbow fentanyl” look like sweets because of the brilliant colors of the pills.

The DEA reports that gangs are attempting to traffic even more of the illegal substance into other parts of the country in addition to the millions of additional fentanyl tablets that have already been recovered from the Port of Nogales during the same time period.

According to the DEA, two milligrams of fentanyl—equivalent to “10–15 grains of table salt”—is regarded as the deadly dose. According to the organization, fentanyl is “the biggest drug problem this country is facing.”

Men from Maryland are accused of smuggling Fentanyl into Connecticut.

Some of the 15,000 fentanyl pills seized by law enforcement

Federal authorities claim that two individuals who are accused of smuggling thousands of fentanyl tablets into Connecticut used Skittles candy bags and Nerds candy boxes to store the drugs.

Are “rainbow fentanyl” tablets in trick-or-treat bags a concern for parents?

Mothers Against Drug Addiction and Deaths member Tanya Tilghman told Fox News Digital that while parents should watch what their kids’ trick-or-treat bags contain, they also need to teach their kids about drugs like fentanyl in case they come across them at parties.

“So let’s use adolescents as an example. They attend events. The fact that some of them use drugs and bring those drugs to parties is well known. People will therefore take the tablets if you leave them lying around at parties and they appear like candy. Furthermore, given what they are, they might not even be aware that they are ingesting a lethal chemical. They are poisonous things, “explained Tilghman.

Tilghman added that parents should closely monitor the things their adolescent children bring home.

“Imagine that you have a youngster who goes out to get drugs and buys some fentanyl pills. They appear to be sweets. They take it back home. They have an infant sibling or brother. What is happening is unknown to the parents. So you have these tiny tablets with Hello Kitties writing on them. And a young child notices that the teenager may have forgotten to put the medications away after leaving them out. Their younger sibling notices it. They mistake it for candy. They consume it, overdose, and pass away. That strikes me as fairly serious “Added she.

“They mistake it for candy. They consume it, overdose, and pass away. That strikes me as a significant matter.”

After her son developed a methamphetamine addiction and started “going for other narcotics” like cocaine, the mother joined the group. She stated that her son is currently incarcerated and awaiting therapy for rehabilitation.

Tilghman claimed that she joined Mothers Against Drug Addiction and Deaths in order to help other parents who might be going through a similar situation and bring attention to the problem of youth drug addiction.

There needs to be attention given to youngsters obtaining “any psychoactive medication,” according to Joseph Palamar, an associate professor in the Department of Population Health at New York University Langone Medical Center, but he said that fentanyl is particularly harmful.

While Palamar believes the makers of these “rainbow fentanyl” tablets are not necessarily producing them to appeal to children, he expressed concern that kids may come find them and mistake them for sweets.


The DEA said rainbow fentanyl can be pills or powder that come in a variety of bright colors, shapes and sizes.

The worry that “multicoloured fentanyl” pills would end up in Halloween candy, in contrast, is “exaggerated,” in Palamar’s opinion.

“I’ve always believed that this worry is overstated. Although it is unlikely, I’m confident that it does happen occasionally. The majority of people would probably regard fentanyl pills to be too expensive to give to children as a nasty joke on Halloween, even if they were only a few dollars each “said Palamar.

Palamar is more worried about parents or siblings who use fentanyl and leave tablets lying around, making it easier for kids to access the harmful substance.