Parents are being urged to monitor food packaging and wrappers after 13 young people in Camden who ate sweets laced with cannabis were taken to hospital.
A letter from the Met Police’s North East Safer Schools team warned that an ‘edibles alert’ has been issued from Healthy Young People Southwark.
The letter, which has been seen by MyLondon, asked parents and guardians to monitor food packaging for wording such as ‘CBD’ or ‘THC’ which are both present in cannabis.
CBD and THC are good indicators that products may be laced with cannabis.
The Met told parents: “We ask that you monitor food packaging/wrappers at home looking for wording such as CBD or THC suggesting the items are cannabis oil infused.
“Please be mindful of the medical needs should your child present with such symptoms, or if it becomes apparent they have consumed a drug laced substance.
“If you are made aware of any social media accounts advertising these items, we ask you report this information to the police, your child’s school or Crimestoppers so work can be done around these accounts due to the dangers edibles present.”
For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here .
Cannabis can be mixed into cakes (Hash brownies), tea, yoghurt, or sweets (gummies or lollipops).
The amount of cannabis in products can vary and other harmful drugs are sometimes added in too.
The effects of consuming edibles are unpredictable and a larger dose can very easily be taken by accident.
Do you have a story about children taking drugs in London? Contact [email protected]
Do you have a story? You can get in touch, in complete confidence if necessary, below:
Follow Jacob, or drop him a direct message, on Twitter here.
Follow his Facebook page here.
You can read more of his stories here.
Email him on [email protected]
Keep up to date with the latest breaking news here.