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Rainbow fentanyl – the newest Halloween scare

By Joel Best, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware
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Every year around the middle of October, reporters start contacting me wanting to talk about rumors of contaminated Halloween treats.

That’s because I track media coverage of reported incidents of trick-or-treaters receiving razor blades in apples or pins and poison in candy bars. My data goes back to 1958, and my principal finding is simple: I can’t find any evidence that any child has ever been killed or seriously injured by a contaminated treat…The Conversation


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