Yakima Coroner Urges Parents to Check Halloween Candy
Authorities in Yakima and around the state are concerned about rainbow colored fentanyl ending up in Halloween candy later this month. The drug is now being manufactured to look like colorful candy or sidewalk chalk. It's turning up everywhere. The most recent seizure was recently in Portland Oregon but other arrests have made the news including two arrests this past summer in California of two men from Washington State. The two were caught with 150,000 fentanyl pills worth nearly $750,000.
More than 50 people have died of overdoses this year
Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice says so far he hasn't seen the rainbow colored fentanyl in any investigations of overdose deaths so far this year but he says if it's in Oregon there's a good possibility it's here in Yakima or will be in the near future.
54 people have of drug overdoses in Yakima County with 70% of the deaths from the deadly drug fentanyl. Because of the concern about rainbow colored fentanyl Curtice recommends parents take kids to trick or treat in familiar areas and check all the candy before kids are allowed to enjoy it.
Authorities are concerned kids will be harmed
Authorities are concerned kids who see the rainbow fentanyl will think it's candy or sidewalk chalk. They say even touching fentanyl can be deadly so there's a nationwide alert out to watch for the rainbow fentanyl.
While Curtice hasn't seen it yet in Yakima it's likely coming or it's already here and it could be attractive to kids the reason why Curtice is warning parents before Halloween on October 31.