Police in northern Quebec are warning trick or treaters to avoid eating gummy bears this Halloween because they could be laced with THC.
Authorities in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory recently intercepted a vehicle transporting gummy bear candies that contained THC. The candies were destined for a local Cree community.
“The gummy bears look the same as regular candy (same shape and colours), some are even sealed in a plastic wrapper as a regular candy would be,” said the Eeyou Eenou Police Force and the Regional Department of Public Health in a joint statement.
“At the moment we do not know how much drug is in each candy. We are treating this as a serious risk for potential poisoning. We are asking the population to be extremely vigilant, especially during the Halloween period.”
Authorities are asking parents and guardians to check all Halloween candy before children eat it.
Signs of THC injection in children include:
- Child is acting strangely, has unusual behaviour that you have never seen before
- Difficulty walking
- Slurred speech
- Hyperactive, muscle movements
- Extreme fatigue
- Difficulty breathing
“We do not know if this type of substance can be found in other Cree communities, so we want to alert all of the communities of the possible risk,” said authorities. “We are paying a special attention to Halloween, but this alert applies at all times.”