2012-10-31 / Local & State

Sleeping Pills Found During Halloween Parade

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


Officials from Fulton County Medical Center and the Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Friday that a child did pick up a package of sleeping pills during the county’s only Halloween parade the prior evening.

Medical Center spokesperson Misty Hershey told the “News” Unisom sleeping pills were found in a child’s treat bag by the juvenile’s mother on Thursday, October 25.

She said the mother felt “pretty sure” the pills were obtained during the Mc- Connellsburg Fireman’s parade as she had checked the child’s candy immediately after trick-or-treating. Hershey added that after the parade was over, the woman checked the bag again and found the pills still encased in the bubble packets.

Hershey went on to elaborate that no children were brought to the hospital’s emergency room as a result of the incident. As a precaution, the hospital was slated to contact area schools to help spread the word about the need for parents to check their children’s Halloween candy.

As a follow-up to the hospital’s statements, Trooper Bradley Poole of the Mc- Connellsburg state police barracks said between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. the juvenile found the package of Unisom SleepGels on the ground during the parade. The child was standing on the 200 block of Lincoln Way East when the pills were found, he added.

Anyone having further information pertinent to this case is urged to immediately contact Trooper Poole by calling 717-485-3131.

Parents are urged to take extra precautions while allowing their children to celebrate and trick-or-treat this Halloween. Even though tampering with candy or treats happens rarely, adults should closely examine all treats and throw out any items that exhibit the following conditions: unusual discoloration, tiny pinholes or tears in wrapping, unwrapped items and homemade food unless you know the maker personally.

Furthermore, children should also not accept or eat items that are not commercially wrapped. “When in doubt, throw it out,” experts warn.

Questions regarding the possibility of tainted items can always be directed to the Poison Control Center at 1- 800-222-1222.

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