It just wouldn't be Halloween without public officials warning parents to beware of potheads slipping THC-infused candies into their children's trick-or-treat bags. Such warnings are rehashed every year even though there's never been a verified report of marijuana being found in a haul of Halloween candy.
Now we're not saying parents shouldn't check their kids' trick-or-treat bags for anything suspicious. But if we're going to worry about something for no reason, why focus on marijuana when there are bigger and better things to worry about. Things like...
Let's start off with the obvious.The worst thing you'll find in every treat bag is the sugar-loaded candy that's bad for pretty much every part of the body. Excess sugar causes tooth decay, liver damage, heart disease and more according to WebMD. So instead of getting distracted by urban legends about marijuana edibles, you might want to seriously consider the hazardous stuff that we let kids gorge themselves on every Halloween.
4. Fentanyl Lollipop
Fentanyl is an opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin. And it comes in many forms, including a raspberry-flavored lollipop that's potent enough to kill a child. Now we're not saying these smack suckers have ever been found in trick-or-treat bags, but neither have cannabis edibles. And while THC-infused candies certainly aren't good for kids, they aren't lethal either. So if you're going to worry about drug-laced candy, you should definitely be more concerned about fentanyl lollipop.
Imagine the horror of finding live ammunition in your kid's Halloween candy. That's what happened to an Ohio woman who says she discovered boxes of Milk Duds containing .22 caliber bullets in her sons trick-or-treat bag back in 2014. But you might not have heard much about it because, as the NRA would say, Halloween just isn't the right time to talk about gun control.
The most dangerous thing lurking in trick-or-treat bags might be something you can't see. According to a 2015 poll, only 66 percent of Americans wash their hands after using the bathroom. That means the Halloween candy handled by one third of Americans may have come into contact with dangerous bacteria like Salmonella and E.coli. So you might want to wear a hazmat suit while checking your kids' candy this year.
If we're going to worry about things that have never been found in trick-or-treat bags, why settle for marijuana when we could be afraid of anthrax? The deadly spores that have been used in biological warfare over the years could easily be slipped into a fun-sized chocolate bar. Plus, treacherous farmers once sold anthrax-infected beef to unsuspecting people on an episode of 'Little House on the Prairie.' And if it can happen in Walnut Grove, it can happen in your neck of the woods, right? That's sound fear-mongering logic, isn't it?