Halloween Safety and Controlled Substances

Well it’s nearly that time of year again to participate in the time honored Halloween tradition of costumes, parties, and Trick-or-Treating. Going door to door with the grand hope of scoring unimaginable mountains of candy and other treats is something that rarely ever escapes the minds of our children this time of year.

I know, we’ve heard it all before — always check your child’s candy after a night out of Trick-or-Treating.
Child safety has always been paramount — from checking for sharp objects in fruit, to making sure that packaged candy hasn’t been tampered with, we parents are a careful bunch, and for good reason.

halloween3-365x228Controlled substances, such as marijuana, might be more of a possible concern as a result of recently passed Washington State legislation that legalizes the recreational use of it. Marijuana it appears, seems to be everywhere — from certain teas, to cookies, to brownies. Of course marijuana has always been everywhere — but these days, it’s use is legal, and chances are quite good that as time goes by, it’s use will become much more prevailant and open.

There was a day when marijuana might have been found in various treats or baked goods, but with it’s legalization, the chances of it being found could possibly be greatly increased.

Over the years, there have been agencies like police departments, hospitals, and other safety minded organizations that would help you check your bags of candy upon after the big score of Trick-or-Treating. Some communities might offer assistance, while others might not. This is why you, as a parent, are your child’s first line of defense when it comes down to checking to make sure your child’s candy and other goodies are safe.

halloween1-365x228I spoke this morning with Commander Brian DeWitt, of the Arlington Police Department with regard to the subject of marijuana possibly being found hidden in childrens candy, and, if there was a way that his department might be equipped to being able to detect it.

He said that they weren’t really equipped to handle that kind of detection at this time, and followed up with a standard best practices for checking your child’s candy.

Avoid baked goods and any of that type unless they come from a trusted source. Examine packaged candy to be sure the wrappers haven’t been tampered with. Don’t let your child eat any of the candy or treats until you’ve had the chance to inspect them first.

If you do happen to find that something has been tampered with, or tainted with a controlled substance, and you are quite certain of it’s origin, then I’m sure that the Arlington Police Department (911 or 360-403-3400) would like to know about it. Distributing a controlled substance to minors is against the law.

Over all, using good old common sense can win the day for many parents. There isn’t any reason at all why Halloween can’t be a fun and facinating time, for children and parents alike.

Here are a few more Halloween Safety Tips:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone.
  • Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
  • Only visit well-lit houses.
  • Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.
  • Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

If you have more Halloween Safety Tips, you’re welcome to add them here in the comments section.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween.



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