Illegal Drugs Disguised as Cartoon Character Vitamins and Candy

July 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm 1 comment

Law enforcement officials in Kansas City, Las Vegas, and Utah have recently intercepted large shipments of Ecstasy and other illegal drugs shaped as Snoopy, Homer Simpson, Transformers, Ninja Turtles, Smurfs, and President Obama’s head. The pills are also brightly colored and look like children’s vitamins or candy.

From a marketing perspective the drug dealers are trying to make their product appear harmless and fun; however, if a child were to accidentally mistake these dangerous drugs for candy, they could experience a spiked heart rate, seizures, and even death.

Although cartoon character shaped drugs are not a new phenomenon, as parents it is important to remember to talk to your children, not only about drugs, but about the ways that drugs could be packaged. Make sure that they know the difference between the way medications look and the way candy looks. As well, make sure they know they should never eat any candy that they find laying around, any candy that is given to them by a stranger, or any candy that was not given to them by someone they trust.


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  • 1. Reggie Greene / The Logistician  |  July 18, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    The following is taken from my recent article on Michael Jackson:

    “Lest you be confused about this drug thing, there is little difference between illegal/recreational drugs, and prescription drugs, with the exceptions being the legitimacy of the “entity” which produces them, who gets to prescribe them, and whether politicians benefit. Drugs be drugs.

    “Take it from some guys who matured (arguably) during the drugs, sex, and rock and roll years. We know lots of successful doctors, business people, family people, accountants, judges, and pillars of society who once used drugs in many a form and fashion. Fortunately for most of them and for society, they appreciated that drugs might be an interesting pastime, but not a life long journey.”


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