Deputies want parents to be aware of candy shaped ecstasy

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. -- DeKalb County Sheriff's Office deputies want to warn parents about a drug that's circulating around the county. Deputies say it's especially concerning, because it looks like candy.

During a recent traffic stop, DeKalb County deputies and a K-9 Unit found a trafficking amount of drugs and paraphernalia, including a colorful drug -- ecstasy.

"The biggest thing that we want people to realize, parents to realize, is what it looks like," DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson said, "What we confiscated, it has the appearance of Lucky Charms."

Edmondson says the mood and perception altering synthetic drug is rising in DeKalb County. It has a history of popularity among teens and young adults. "We really want parents to understand, be on the lookout for this, so the children don't get it," Edmondson said.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over the course of the week following moderate use of the drug, the user may experience a variety of changes including depression, anxiety, and memory problems. The drug can create health effects like nausea, muscle cramping, and blurred vision.

"It's making a comeback in our county," Edmondson explained, "We've had a couple of cases of it here recently and the biggest thing we want to do is education."

Deputies encourage parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of this drug and all drugs they might experience, so will know what to avoid.