Some very worrying news emerging today regarding the targeting of children on social media with cannabis edibles being marketed as sweets.
As you can see from the above screen recording of a dealers telegram channel the packaging is designed to be very attractive to children. It has been reported that so far 6 children have been hospitalised by consuming these sweets and one was as young as 8 years old.
Dealers are operating openly on all of the UK's five most popular social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Snapchat. They are also using the messaging services Whatsapp and Telegram, with this second app appearing to be the most popular platform for dealers to provide prices and initiate sales.
The story came to light after one dealer added a Sky News journalist to one of the telegram channels.
These 'sweets' are being marketed alongside class a drugs such as heroine, cocaine and lsd. The worry is that these sweets could also be used to draw children into the world of dealing drugs for gangs in the county lines operations that they run.
Searching on Telegram for just the word "gummies" brings up multiple groups where the sweets can be bought for as little as £5. One group has 62,000 subscribers, while two others have almost 30,000 and 16,000 subscribers each.
This is definitely something you need to be discussing with your children as it is unlikely it is going to disappear anytime soon and will more likely just become more of a trend on social media.
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