Fentanyl alert in Mexico: it is found in sweets! Here’s the shocking truth
In Mexico, the alarm over fentanyl is gaining strength, and some parents are living a nightmare in which they fear their children may fall victim to poisoning at any moment. The news of contaminated candies being distributed among children in several states is spreading rapidly, creating a true psychosis.
The magnitude of this phenomenon originates and amplifies from what has happened in the United States, where the synthetic opioid has already caused numerous cases of overdose among young people, to the point of being declared a health emergency. The same fear is now spreading in Mexico due to a recent incident.
The story of candies contaminated with fentanyl has already reached Tamaulipas, but it actually started circulating in WhatsApp groups in the states of Baja California and Sonora. Reports of minors being intoxicated by candies contaminated with fentanyl and methamphetamine in Sinaloa and Baja California led to the spread of news that these synthetic drug-infused sweets are also being sold in schools in Tamaulipas.
It all started with a warning posted by a parent in the WhatsApp group of a school. In the photo shared by the man, one could see an image of a candy from a well-known national brand that had been packaged and labeled with the clear inscription: “Do not consume. Contaminated.” All this, along with what appeared to be an official document attributed to the health authorities of the state of Baja California.
“Greetings, good afternoon, at my workplace, we provide services to the State Prosecutor’s Office, and they have given us this information: they are offering this candy in schools, and it is contaminated with fentanyl, in case you want to transmit the information to parent groups,” read the post that started circulating in WhatsApp groups. The news went viral and spread online, and similar cases were reported in the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Tamaulipas as well.
The psychosis that ensued led the authorities to try to calm the situation to avoid panic among parents. The Attorney General’s Office of Tamaulipas had to declare that “there have been no cases of candies contaminated with fentanyl reported.” The Attorney General stated that “the photo disseminated in online media corresponds to another case, that of a minor who was intoxicated by consuming a candy contaminated with methamphetamine.” Authorities in Baja California also denied the alert, stating that “the alleged notice issued by this institution regarding a contaminated candy circulating on social media is false. Citizens are urged to be aware of verified information disseminated on social media and official channels, and not to share suspicious posts without confirmation to avoid misinformation.”