The temperature is dropping, the pumpkins are out, and the Halloween copaganda is here. It occurs every year: a local ABC, CBS, ABC or Fox affiliate reports on the dangers of drug-laced candy in your kids trick or treat bag. However, how many children have actually been seriously injured or died as a result of this? Given the available information on the subject, the answer appears to be not a single, according to Canada's CBC News.
Theres even a Wikipedia page for poisoned candy myths. But here we go, and let's go:
BEWARE: As Halloween approaches, @BensalemPolice are warning parents to LOOK at your child's candy before they eat it. They confiscated these snacks that appear to be a lot like the real thing. All are laced with THC @6abc, 6 ABC reporter Jaclyn Lee said. Parents should look at candy given to their kids by strangers (good advice!). Reefer Madness-level fearmongering is to center the fake panic around drugs. Because if there's one thing drug dealers enjoy, it'll not store weed for free.
This particular panic tactic tweet did not have the desired effect, unless she intended to travel to Bensalem, Pennsylvania, which is apparently loaded with free edibles. Thank you for your efforts in that regard.
It's still not yet October, yet. There are still plenty more of these to come.