As Halloween approaches, the police department in Jackson, Mississippi, has posted a warning about ecstasy pills being made to look like candy.
Police say the pills can have pictures of superheroes on them, or be shaped like dominoes, AZ Family reported.
“If your kids get these for Halloween candy, they ARE NOT CANDY!!! They are the new shapes of 'Ecstasy' and can kill kids through overdoses!!! So, check your kid's candy and 'When in doubt, Throw it out!!!' Be safe and always keep the shiny side up!” the Jackson Police Department wrote on its Facebook page, according to AZ Family.
They added that they have yet to see any cases of children receiving or taking such pills.
However, officers have detained adults across the country in possession of them, according to WREG.
One example was in Louisville, Kentucky, where a man was arrested and found carrying drugs with Disney characters on the pills in September.
The warning came just two weeks after a post raising concerns about the danger posed by such pills was shared by thousands of people on Facebook.
“I really truly believe somebody would do that,” Porsha Tate, a mother of three, told WREG.
A Doctor at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis tried to reassure concerned parents.
“We haven't seen that here at Le Bonheur. It goes back to when I was a kid. Everybody worried about that sort of thing, and I think parents have to remain vigilant,” Chief Pediatrician Jon McCullers said.