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Beware of Halloween Candy Laced with Drugs

An Ohio boy has tested positive for methamphetamines after suffering a seizure when he ingested a piece of Halloween candy.

This comes after officials in Europe warned of methametamine tablets made to look like hard candy.

5 year-old Braylen Carwell began having a facial droop on the left side of his face, could not move his left arm, and was disoriented to time and place.  The Galion Police Department examined the candy as well has his fake vampire teeth, issuing a warning to parents and residents to look for tampering of not only candy but their necklaces, fake teeth, rings and other accessories.

He is expected to fully recover, but parents need to be aware that kids can be easily introduced to drugs and other contaminants while trick or treating and to enforce the “no candy till we inspect it” rule.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year for pediatric pedestrian fatalities, and parents additionally need to be aware of fire and choking hazards.  We therefore recommend the following to keep our kids safe.

  1.  Make sure your child’s mask allows him/her to see clearly.  If not, replace with non-toxic makeup that is tested a few days before on a small area of skin on their arm to ensure they are not allergic.  The makeup should be washed off before bedtime.

 

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2.  Avoid long costumes, such as ghost-themed, that may trip your child while they walk/run.

3. Use bright-colored costumes. If your child insists on a dark costume, such as Batman, put a belt of glow sticks around him or add reflective tape to their costume and trick or treat bags

4. Make sure all costumes and hats are flame resistant and teach your kids how to avoid tripping over jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.

5. Avoid costume contact lenses as they may decrease visual acuity, scratch the eye and cause infection.

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6. Use the sidewalk.  Your child will want to zig zag across the street when they see everyone else doing it.  You need to be the parent like me who yells at everyone to get back on the sidewalk.

7. Watch out for drunk drivers.  Many are coming back from a “trick or drink” party and could be impaired.

8.  Make the “no eating candy until you get home” rule.  Allows you to check the candy for open wrappers and dangerous things that don’t belong.  Then steal your favorite treats when the child is taking his/her potty break

9. Teach your child to not enter a stranger’s home – even if it is in full decoration

10. Stay in a group and follow your children. You can leave a safe distance behind while still supervise. And its fun when we parents compete for who can yell at our kids the loudest.

11. Carry Walkie Talkies.  Halloween streets get loud and kids may not hear you if they start walking down a different street and turn into a housing complex.  Walkie talkies are fun and keep you connecting with your younglings’ even if they are a few feet away.

12. Parents should avoid “Trick-o-Drink!!”ing where we walk around with our red plastic cup and rather than ask for candy, we opt for some spirits poured in.  Parents giggle, feeling apart of the festivities, but unfortunately will be sloshed by the fourth home they hit and won’t be able to effectively supervise the children.  We need to be at the top of our game this Halloween.  Cut the booze.

13. And drivers, be wary of trick-or-treaters even before it gets dark.  Drive slowly and pay attention!  Let’s have a Happy and Safe one!!!

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

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Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, Author

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