#news Florida police warn of chocolate bars being laced with magic mushrooms #WorldNews
Florida police are warning parents that chocolate bars laced with magic mushrooms can attract their young children with its colorful wrapping.
The Winter Haven Police Department, east of Tampa, reported on Wednesday that it has retrieved 10 such chocolate bars in a recent drug bust.
It remains unclear whether the drug dealers were planning to sell the drug-laced candies, and the Winter Haven Police Department has said they have not yet received any reports of children consuming the bars.
But officers are now encouraging parents to talk to their children about the potential risk, worried that children may be enticed to eat the candy.
‘[They are] trying to make it look like it is something that is not dangerous at all,’ Police Chief David Brannan told FOX 13.
‘Drug dealers, that’s what they’re looking to do is get people hooked on their products so they can keep selling.’
The Winter Haven Police Department has sounded the alarm on chocolate bars in colorful wrapping that contain ‘magic mushrooms’
Police Chief David Brannan said drug dealers are ‘trying to make it look like it is something that is not dangerous at all’
What are magic mushrooms?
‘Magic mushrooms’ or ‘shrooms’ are fungi containing a psychoactive and hallucinogenic compound called psilocybin.
Ingesting these ‘magic mushrooms’ can increase one’s blood pressure and heart rate.
They could also cause nausea, vomiting, hallucinations or delusions and can cause ‘an inability to discern fantasy from reality,’ according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The drug is illegal in the United States under federal law.
In reality, though, these so-called ‘magic mushrooms’ or ‘shrooms’ contain a psychoactive and hallucinogenic compound called psilocybin that can increase blood pressure and heart rate.
They could also cause nausea, vomiting, hallucinations or delusions and can cause ‘an inability to discern fantasy from reality’ according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
As a result, the ‘magic mushrooms’ are categorized a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government, ‘meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.’
Studies, though, have shown that psilocybin could have therapeutic effects when used in low doses.
And in Oakland, California, authorities decided to decriminalize naturally-occurring psychedelics like magic mushrooms — even though the sale of psilocybin is still considered a felony under the California Health and Safety Code.
But now , The San Francisco Standard reports, acquiring a chocolate bar stuffed with dried psilocybe cubenesis mushrooms is as simple as driving to one of seven Oakland retailers listed on the website Bliss Mushrooms and forking over $45.
The website sells a variety of chocolate bars and microdose ‘shroom’ capsules at Oakland smoke shops, including psilocybin-spiked chocolate bars like The Firecracker and the Scarlett “Ruby Couverture,” as well as the Holy Grail, which is supposed to be extra potent.
‘Magic mushrooms’ or ‘shrooms’ contain a psychoactive and hallucinogenic compound called psilocybin that can increase blood pressure and heart rate
Meanwhile, fentanyl-laced candies are springing up throughout the country, and are being advertised on social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok.
Last week, the Placer County District Attorney’s Office in California announced that ‘rainbow’ fentanyl is making its way across the region to lure minors using these social media apps.
‘To be clear, all fentanyl purchased on the street is deadly, no matter the color, shape, size or form,’ Assistant District Attorney Dave Tellman said in a statement.
‘Yet we find this rainbow-colored substance is one of the many tools that dealers are using to make the poison appeal to our kids.’
Rainbow fentanyl had earlier been found in Oregon, where Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies first discovered the substance while executing a search warrant at a suspect’s home on August 16.
‘Deputies are particularly concerned about rainbow fentanyl getting into the hands of young adults or children, who mistake the drug for something else, such as candy or a toy, or those who may be willing to try the drug due to its playful coloring,’ the Sheriff’s Office announced.
It added that the powdered fentanyl deputies discovered in the raid ‘resembles the color and consistency of sidewalk chalk.’
And on August 29, US Customs and Border Control agents in Arizona seized rainbow fentanyl pills that were making their way into the country.
Experts say the new coloring is a way to lure young children to get addicted.
‘There’s this new rainbow-colored fentanyl because the drug dealers and drug cartels are trying to reinvent the wheel to find another means of appealing to kids and young adults,’ Kelly Sloop, the executive director of Need 4 Narcan told Newsweek.
Her comment echoed a statement made by DEA Administrator Anne Milgram, who said it is a ‘deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults.
‘The men and women of the DEA are relentlessly working to stop the trafficking of rainbow fentanyl and defeat the Mexican drug cartels that are responsible for the vast majority of the fentanyl that is being trafficked in the United States.’
The drug is now the number one cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45.