Killer Candy Found in Upstate New York

man unconscious from drug use

Candy is dandy, but now it’s filled with Xanax, fentanyl, and heroin…wait, what?


That’s where we are folks. If you haven’t noticed, the United States has a drug problem that is second to none. If you have noticed, then this headline probably won’t shock you but more or less drive you into apathy on the whole issue our nation is facing. Each day it’s almost as if the crisis can’t get any worse, but then it does. For those of us who are on the front lines battling drugs and addiction every day, these headlines are far from shocking, but it starts to give us a loss. A loss in that all the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears we put into fighting drug addiction seems like it’s all for nothing, when each day the situation is getting worse instead of better.

But that’s not my stance at all.

I’m one person who helps people get clean from drugs and there are many others like me. If it weren’t for us, more families would be experiencing the heartache and loss of having a loved one overdose. Less people would have gotten their lives together and less people would be years and years into their sobriety. So it’s not all for nothing. Those are lives saved. Those are families healed. And to me, that’s more than worth it.

The better word to use when hearing of killer candy, fentanyl-laced marijuana, and mass overdose situations, is “discouraging.” But the fight wages on even in light of the grim circumstances that are enveloping our country and taking our children.

Law enforcement officers in the Southern Tier, (a part of upstate New York) recently discovered a killer candy that resembled a childhood favorite, Sweet Tarts. The “candy” is actually a potent mix of benzos and opioids and cleverly disguised as multi-colored tablets that even have the Sweet Tarts logo stamped on them, according to local news sources.

child eating candy

What’s scary about this situation is the possibility of children inadvertently getting their hands on them and overdosing from the strong narcotics contained inside. Local police have strongly urged the public to not even touch the pills if they come across them so as not to contaminate themselves.

How many more people have to die so a dealer can make a few bucks? Because that’s what this whole drug crisis is about. When it comes to Big Pharma, drug kingpins, and local street dealers, it’s all about money. Pure, unbridled greed. Greed, not drugs, is what’s really killing our loved ones. If it wasn’t for the almighty dollar, maybe so many people wouldn’t be poisoned by these addictive and toxic substances. Maybe if more people were educated about the dangers of drug use, more lives could be saved. Maybe, just maybe, if we all came together to fight this thing instead of leaving it just to us who work in the trenches, we could beat this thing.

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Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.