Depending on where you live, there are warnings about candy-colored fentanyl appearing in your kid's Halloween bucket.  The drug is deadly, and just a few specks of it could kill a child.  What should you know in advance?  Here's a link from the conservative Daily Signal that should serve as a guide.  Meanwhile, some law enforcers warn fentanyl is a legitimate holiday threat, while others in the mainstream news media claim the threat is overblown.

I had a conversation with Twin Falls County Prosecuting Attorney Grant Loebs about the fentanyl threat.  He said it would take a “truly evil” person to pass out the poison to neighborhood kids.  He added that it’s not likely because of the value of fentanyl in selling the drug.  In other words, a dealer isn’t likely to give it away to anybody when there’s money to be made.

Fentanyl is now the nation’s number one killer of younger to almost middle-aged adults.  The greater threat to our kids would be a family member who would instead purchase rainbow pills and then inadvertently leave them out on a table or counter.

The Prosecutor recommends parents inspect candy packaging.  If it doesn’t look like a familiar label, then set it aside.

There are numerous safe alternatives for trick or treating.  Many churches offer trunk or treating, and it would be a true shame to get drug candy from a church event.

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LOOK: How Halloween has changed in the past 100 years

Stacker compiled a list of ways that Halloween has changed over the last 100 years, from how we celebrate it on the day to the costumes we wear trick-or-treating. We’ve included events, inventions, and trends that changed the ways that Halloween was celebrated over time. Many of these traditions were phased out over time. But just like fake blood in a carpet, every bit of Halloween’s history left an impression we can see traces of today.

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