As per a report by SkyNews dealers are now using social media to peddle drugs to children. These contain cannabis and are packaged in appealing candy wrappers, which are predictably appealing to kids. In recent days, six children had to be sent to the hospital after eating these; one of them was just eight years old.
The “candies” are frequently advertised and offered for sale alongside class A substances like heroin, cocaine, LSD, and copious amounts of marijuana.
Watch | World of Africa | Battle to legalise cannabis in South Africa
A SkyNews investigation found that dealers are openly operating on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Snapchat.
While some CBD-infused goods are available legally in stores across the nation, these candies contain significant concentrations of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that is used to “get high” are illegal.
Cannabis edibles, according to Detective Chief Inspector Rob Burns of ERSOU, are illegal and can cause adverse reactions like unconsciousness.
Also read | England: Children hospitalised after eating cannabis-laced candy
“The way they are branded to look like sweets suggests they are being marketed at children, but worryingly also means that they could easily fall into the wrong hands.”
As per the report, there are concerns that county lines gangs are using these drugs to lure children into drug trafficking. Although they are based in big cities, these gangs supply and sell drugs to users in small towns and rural areas using young people.
Also read | Thousands gather to ‘smoke up’ at Thailand’s first fully legal cannabis festival
Boys and girls under 18 are eating cannabis edibles, mainly those of secondary school age, according to information from Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU). A third of those detained in connection with cannabis edibles, according to police in the east of England, are under the age of 18.
Police departments all around the UK are concerned about cannabis sweets. Nearly every police force in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland has experienced a problem with the candies in their neighbourhood.
(With inputs from agencies)
WATCH WION LIVE HERE
You can now write for wionews.com and be a part of the community. Share your stories and opinions with us here.