A FORMER DEA official has issued an urgent warning about fentanyl that could be disguised as candy for trick-or-treaters.
Parents are urged to be proactive ahead of the Halloween season as the fentanyl crisis continues across the country.
Derek Maltz, former United States Drug Enforcement Administration special operations director, appeared on Fox and Friends on Tuesday to discuss the concern.
“We’re seeing an unprecedented amount of kids dying as young as 13 years old,” Maltz said.
“And we know now, the DEA says that 40 percent of the pills contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl.”
Maltz went on to mention the risk posed by social media, as cartels have been taking advantage of teens by selling drugs on various platforms.
But, as Maltz said, kids may not be aware of the danger.
It then falls to the parents, Maltz said, suggesting that they look at materials offered by the DEA to stay informed.
“They have to be proactive,” he said.
“It’s deadly fentanyl, and it’s flooding our streets like we’ve never seen.”
As a rule of thumb, parents should check kids’ candy before they eat it.
Any questionable substances found should be immediately discarded and parents should notify police.
“Stay away from it because it’s poison. It really is dangerous,” he said.
“We’re losing a future generation — 300 a day.”
Just last week, two Maryland men were found to be trafficking thousands of fentanyl pills into Connecticut.
The pills were found disguised as candy in Nerds boxes and Skittles bags.
The two were charged with fentanyl trafficking offenses, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut and the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England.
“Trafficking fentanyl is already and undoubtedly a serious offense, but one doesn’t have to stretch their imagination too far to consider how disguising fentanyl pills in children’s candy packaging, as we allege, can result in even more tragic consequences in the community,” said United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut Vanessa Roberts Avery.
“I thank the DEA Task Force members for their work in this investigation and for taking this substantial quantity of fentanyl off the street.”