North Providence Police safety tips for Halloween:
Should be bright
Use reflective tape or stickers on your costume and treat bags
Make sure your costume and shoes fit well to avoid trips and falls
Use soft and flexible costumes accessories, not sharp and pointy ones
Bring a glow stick to be visible
Go with a group and bring trusted adults
Carry a flash light
Walk, don’t run
Walk on the side walk
Before crossing the street, look all ways and listen for traffic
If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left hand side of the road facing traffic
Use caution when crossing driveways
Obey traffic signals
The North Providence Police Department would like to make a public safety announcement in reference to Marijuana edibles and Marijuana candy for this Halloween. These edible forms of marijuana pose a great risk to users, especially children who could accidentally receive them during the Halloween season. Marijuana candy contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main active ingredient that causes a high. The THC levels in marijuana candy can be as high as 90 percent compared to 10-20 percent found in marijuana vegetation.
Marijuana candy products can come in many forms, including but not limited to cookies, brownies, lollipops, gummies, chocolates and other hard candies. Symptoms of ingested marijuana candy include dizziness, shallow breathing, red eyes and dilated pupils, dry mouth, increased appetite and slow reaction time. Other effects include distorted sense of time, random thinking, paranoia, anxiety, depression, nervousness and nausea and short-term forgetfulness.
Recommendations for Halloween Candy
- Adults should check for unusual candy packaging, such as homemade, plastic bag packages.
- Adults should also check for an odor that is similar to the smell of a marijuana plant.
- Read the packaging of name brand candy, as it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the difference based on appearance alone.
- Wear vinyl or non-latex gloves when checking the candy.
- Immediately contact your local police department if you believe that your child has received marijuana candy.
- Immediately seek medical assistance if you believe that you or your child has ingested marijuana
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